South Africa humiliate Sri Lanka

January 12, 2012
Morne Morkel

by Yellowmonkey/binguyen

Paarl, First one-day international
South Africa 301-8 (50 overs) beat Sri Lanka 43 (20.1 overs) by 258 runs

Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 43, the joint fourth lowest total in one-day international history yesterday in Paarl, handing South Africa an easy victory in the first of five one-day matches.

The home side posted 301-8 thanks to a brilliant century from Hasim Amla. Amla, who opened the batting, batted through most of the innings as he scored 112 from 128 balls, with 8 fours. He was well supported by Jacques Kallis (72), and Ab de Villers (52) who both played in a positive fashion, with Amla anchoring the innings

Lasith Malinga, who is now just a one-day specialist for Sri Lanka, was the visitor’s best bowler recording figures of 5-54 from his 10 overs.

Despite a poor performance with the ball, and in the field from Sri Lanka, it was about to get a whole lot worse for the away team, as they were skittled out for just 43. Sri Lanka now join Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bermuda, Namibia and Hong Kong in having lost a one-day international by more than 250 runs.

South Africa’s bowlers were all in top form in what was a clinical performance by the home side. Morne Morkel picked up man of the match for his devastating opening spell, where he picked up 4-10. Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3-19) was also a key part of Sri Lanka’s downfall on his return to South African colours.

Kulasekara was the only batsman that recorded double figures before being dismissed by Morkel for 19.

Sri Lanka will drastically need to improve their batting if they are to stand any chance of a comeback in this best of five one-day series.

The Scoop 12/01/2012

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