South Africa A v Sri Lanka A, 1st match, Harare July 13, 2012

Hendricks, Ontong help deliver big win

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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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  • dj on July 14, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @Abheeshu Dhungana , Dave Miller is playing for Yorkshire iirc in a T20 competition.We're just spoiled for choice at the moment especially in the middle order . Dave's a good player though.

  • manjula on July 14, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Why their are plenty of openers for sri lanka like thilakaratne dilshan y cant they try some of those guys and see,must give chances for them also.every time they use the same players thats why they loose matches, selectors must think and do something for this in future............................

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Why is David Miller not playing these games?

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