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2013-07-21 14:00

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Rookie Proteas humiliated in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka eased to a massive 180-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international (ODI) at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

It extended South Africa’s horror ODI run in Sri Lanka to 10 matches, which dates back to 2000.

It was South Africa’s second-biggest ODI defeat in their history and they have yet to add to their lone win against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium, which came in 1993 and through a 124-run margin. Rangana Herath and Thisara Perera finished with three wickets each as the visitors were bowled out inside 32 overs.

Kumar Sangakkara smashed his highest one-day score of 169 off 137 balls, eclipsing his previous best of 138 not out against India in 2005, which did not lead to a win.

It was also Sangakkara’s second ODI hundred against South Africa.

Both Sangakkara’s high scores in test and ODI cricket have come against South Africa, with his 287 compiled during the mammoth 624-run partnership with Mahela Jayawardene, who made 374 in 2006.

Sangakkara’s 16th century in his 350th match took Sri Lanka to a commanding total after Tillakaratne Dilshan had fallen cheaply in the fourth over, bowled by Chris Morris.

Sangakkara put on 70 for the second wicket with opener Upul Tharanga.

He added 74 for the third with Mahela Jayawardene and 123 for the fourth, in which Lahiru Thirimanne’s contribution was just 17.

The veteran finally holed out in the deep in the penultimate over of the innings, ending a scintillating innings that contained 18 boundaries and six sixes.

Fast bowler Morné Morkel, who recovered in time from a thigh injury to play the match, was South Africa’s most impressive bowler, with 2/34 from his 10 overs.

But the inexperience of the depleted touring squad told in the end as the Sri Lankans batted fluently on the slow pitch.

South Africa are without three front-line players – fast bowler Dale Steyn, all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former captain Graeme Smith – for the tour, which also includes three Twenty20 matches.

Premier batsman Hashim Amla was unavailable for the first match because of a strained neck.

The second of the five ODIs will be played on Tuesday.

Scorecard

Sri Lanka: 320/5 (50 overs)

KC Sangakarra 169, WU Tharanga 43, DPMD Jayawardene 42, M Morkel 2/34, AM Phangiso 1/50, R McLaren 1/69

South Africa: 140 all out (31.5 overs)

RJ Peters0n 29, AN Petersen 29, AB de Villiers 23, HMRKB Herath 3/25, NLTC Perera 3/31, TM Dilshan 2/11

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