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July 13, 2012
South Africa A 269 for 9 (Hendricks 87, Ontong 75) beat Sri Lanka A (Parnell 3-10, Kleinveldt 3-15) by 161 runs
Reeza Hendricks and Justin Ontong hit rapid half-centuries before South Africa A's bowlers tore through the Sri Lanka A line-up to record a 161-run victory in the first match of their tri-series with Zimbabwe A.
Wayne Parnell took 3 for 10 and Rory Kleinveldt 3 for 15 as Sri Lanka limped to 108 all out in 28.2 overs. It could have been worse for Sri Lanka, who were 61 for 8 before No. 10 Kanishka Alvitigala hit 27 from 29 balls - the top score of the innings - in a partnership of 38 for the ninth wicket. Dimuth Karunaratne, with 23, was the only member of the top six to reach double figures but when he became the first of two wickets in two balls from Parnell, Sri Lanka's hopes disappeared.
That they had been set 270 to win was largely down to a 152-run partnership in 23 overs between Hendricks and Ontong. They came together at 65 for 4, after Tharanga Lakshitha had removed South Africa's openers, Dean Elgar and Richard Levi, and further strikes by Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Alvitigala. Lakshitha, who claimed 4 for 62, returned to remove Hendricks in the 42nd over but by then South Africa had done more than enough for victory.
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