South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Paarl January 11, 2012

Sri Lanka dismantled in Paarl


South Africa 301 for 8 (Amla 112, Kallis 72, de Villiers 52, Malinga 5-54) beat Sri Lanka 43 (Morkel 4-10) by 258 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's season of outlandish results produced another jaw-dropper as Sri Lanka subsided to 43 all out, their lowest total in one-dayers. The shorter format was widely expected to make the one-day series a more even contest than the Tests, but Sri Lanka's 258-run defeat in Paarl was the third largest in ODI history, giving AB de Villiers the perfect start to his captaincy.

South Africa's batsmen had earlier enjoyed themselves despite the scorching heat as they ran up 301 after winning the toss. Hashim Amla highlighted why he's the world's top-ranked ODI batsman with his ninth century, and was supported by the two other big guns of the batting - Jacques Kallis provided the early impetus before de Villiers produced the most fluent innings of the match to power South Africa on a pitch where both seam and spin proved elusive in the afternoon.

Lasith Malinga underscored his value to Sri Lanka, with a five-for that reined in South Africa towards the end of the innings, but his sterling efforts proved moot as Sri Lanka lost five wickets in five overs to effectively end the contest.

Two South African bowlers with points to prove were given the new balls and they snuffed out the resistance even before the main man Dale Steyn was called on. Morne Morkel, coming off an indifferent Test summer, started the collapse in the first over as Upul Tharanga attempted a leaden-footed slap which ended as a low catch at backward point. In the next over Lonwabo Tsotsobe, having lost his place as third seamer to Vernon Philander in the Tests, showed how potent he can be by getting the ball to jag in and rear at the batsman. That proved too much for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also bagged a duck by gloving to the keeper.

The alarm bells were truly ringing when Dinesh Chandimal struggled to get bat on ball, inside-edging an accurate Tsotsobe three times before nicking a loose drive onto the stumps. Morkel then virtually killed off the game in the fifth over: Kumar Sangakkara's attempted upper cut gave de Villiers his second catch, and two balls later Angelo Mathews' awkward fend at a short ball popped to midwicket.

Mahela Jayawardene then made an unforced error in the eighth over, stabbing a wide ball to point as Sri Lanka slid to 13 for 6. The match was long gone, and the immediate concern was over avoiding the ignominy of the lowest score in one-day history.

In that manic Test at Cape Town in November, Australia's last pair had averted the lowest Test total, and this time Sri Lanka's tail did the job. Not that it offered much consolation for Dilshan, who looked shell-shocked in the dressing-room as his team disintegrated. While the pitch certainly provided a bit more help to the bowlers under lights, it was nowhere near as dramatic as the scoreline suggested.

When South Africa batted there had few of the troubles Sri Lanka faced. Malinga extended Graeme Smith's poor run in one-dayers, but till the 40th over, the likeliest cause of a South African wicket was a run-out.

Amla wasn't at his assured best early on, outside-edging a few drives and mistiming some pulls. Kallis, though, batted like a man coming off a double century a week ago, routinely releasing the pressure after Sri Lanka's bowlers put together a few disciplined overs - most strikingly when he thumped Malinga over long-on for an imperious six, ending a run that yielded only 2 runs in 15 deliveries.

Both batsmen used the steer to third man and the clip to square leg efficiently to keep the singles coming. They had sauntered to 69 for 1 in 15 overs before opening up in the bowling Powerplay, off which they took 37 runs. With both batsmen looking good, South Africa opted for the batting Powerplay as early as the 27th over, but the 144-run stand was finally broken as Kallis was run out by a direct hit from Jayawardene at cover.

If there were fears that would slow down South Africa, de Villiers brushed them away as he played another of those innings where he seemed instantly at ease on a track where most others take time to settle down. He had a streak of 19 successive singles with Amla before becoming more enterprising, unleashing a series of boundaries through cover and extra cover to get to his half-century in 36 balls. Amla, meanwhile, calmly moved on to his hundred, celebrating the achievement with a gentle wave of the bat and helmet.

At 241 for 2 after 40 overs, South Africa seemed headed for at least 320. A Kulasekara yorker, though, removed the rampant de Villiers, before Malinga worked his magic to rip through the lower middle order.

The South African batting and Malinga's five-for were both completely overshadowed by what followed, in a one-dayer that is destined to be remembered as the '43 all out' game.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chandi on January 13, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    What is the big deal!!..Australia bowled out for 47 by SA in a test match just before the SL series, how pathetic was that? did anyone talked about this much?? IT was a bad day for SL and De Villiers did his job well with the support of his bowles, his plan worked very well like SL's plan worked in 1996 WC, could anyone stop them in that WC? no, Sanath and Kalu even end few bowlers carrier so be aware as Amla says.."Sri Lanka will come back firing - as they did in the Test matches. They are a proud team with a lot of heritage" ..........don't forget "SL are a proud team with a lot of heritage"

  • Sarath on January 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What ever happens to the Team Mahela, Sangakkara will be there till the next WC and bat at No 3 - 4 positions.The selectors are not bothered a bit about the Future of SLan Cricket because they have their own selfish interest and they don't want to arrange even 2nd XI matches involving seniors for promising youngsters to show their capabilities, as it happens in other parts of the world. They just want to stay there as long as they(both seniors & the selectors) could and enjoy luxuries that come their way. SL is a country where the Game has been played for nearly 200 years. The talent is in abundance therefore there is no need of services of inconsistent,aging batsmen of defective techniques. What the future selectors should do is to introduce batters the type of S'weera, Trott,Amla, Dravid,… who have total control over their stroke play similarly the quality bowlers with accuracy and control.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT



  • Dilsanda on January 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It's quite surprising to see all these bashings.These SL people & media have to take the responsibility for this issue.After Sanga has built up a great team & lead them briliantly to WC Final, they kept bashing the team after the Final loss like they were knocked out from the first round of the WC.That lead to Sanga's resignation. SA/PAK/NZ/AUS media were not overly harsh on their teams after their WC exits & looked positively @ the future and look at the results. Think from your heart guys, all who bashed the SL team after WC Final loss are the reason for this. Had Sanga lead the tam for another one or two years,he could have groomed Mathews & Tharanga as next leaders of the team. Also Aravinda's selection committee had the gut to build the team & simply talking about the WC Final, our people completely demolished their respect. Having taken our cricket to a position where we were very close to No.1 in the world, Sanga/Mahela & Aravinda shouldn't have bashed which led to their resigns

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT


  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    On the current form and performance, Thilan Samaraweera is a good choice to Captain Sri Lanka now. He is a cool head and proved every critic wrong when the Lankan stalwarts struggled against SA pace attack. Age doesn't matter, give him a place in the ODI side and the captaincy. He has a good cricket brain than Dilshan or Mathews.

  • DINESH on January 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    ALL SRILANKAN FANS: Please don't lose heart. India is following you. They will score below 43 in the 2nd innings of Perth Test and sidelined your score.

  • Dave on January 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Well done Amla again. Its amazing how this guy is scoring for fun in both ODI's and Tests. Amla has been the mainstay of this team for the last 2-3 years. With Morkel finally getting into the swing of things and Philander to surely start contending for a place in this team. Competition for places will be fierce. Surely Smith is the weakest link in this setup. The middle order needs to be sorted out/ After JP, Faf du Plesssis and 1 other all rounder need to stand up and be counted.

  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    It is sad and frustrating to see what's happening but at times even the mighty falls (not necessarily meaning that we are but we were at a point). As I read along most seems to have different opinions and conclusions and most are feasible and accurate but I find it a bit strange if suggesting dilshan to step down would bring out the SL team out of the dire straits they are in. Dilshan has a lot to improve as a captain and needs to act fast and most should understand that Dilshan is not Sanga. They are entirely different as they come and exceptional in their on ways when it comes to the game of cricket. No one was badgering Dilshan when he was making headlines as a definitive batsman of all forms of the game awhile back. One fact I do agree upon is that politics should stay clear of sports but alas that's not the case and I believe that its gonna get even worse. Apart from that it's an evident fact that SL batsmen have always found difficult to cope with superb Seam bowling under good b

  • Al on January 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    dont call for cricinfo journalist Mahela Jayawardene's sacking...Siddarth Ravindran wont print it!

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