Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Colombo July 20, 2013

Sri Lanka thrash South Africa by 180 runs


Sri Lanka 320 for 5 (Sangakkara 169, Morkel 2-34) beat South Africa 140 (Herath 3-25, Perera 3-31) by 180 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was not exactly 624 but Kumar Sangakkara's career-best had a similar effect as the 2006 record stand he put on with Mahela Jawaywardene against the same opposition seven years ago. Sangakkara's 169 was his 16th ODI century, the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman at home, which sent him past Ian Bell as the second highest run-scorer in ODIs this year and took his 2013 average to 75.55. It was also the difference between the two sides at the Premadasa Stadium.

Sangakkara dominated the South African attack with unusual aggression. He built his innings to a crescendo, scoring 66 runs off the first 91 balls and 103 from the next 46 and bulleted the leg side with boundaries. Almost 78% of his runs - 131 - came on the on side.

He made all South African bowlers - from their seamers who persisted with the short ball to their sitting duck trio of spinners - appear ineffectual and set their batsmen a target that would require them to complete the highest successful chase at the ground. That set Sri Lanka up to subject South Africa to their second-biggest loss and begin Russell Domingo's tenure on a difficult note.

South Africa went into the fixture understaffed, with Lonwabo Tsotsobe unfit for selection and Hashim Amla missing out because of an overnight neck problem. But they also seemed underprepared despite a week of training on the island.

Morne Morkel and Chris Morris bowled 19 deliveries between them in the first two overs because of the seven wides they sent down. To add insult to that ill-discipline, Morkel had Upul Tharanga dropped on nought by Alviro Petersen in the first over after the quick changed angles to round the wicket as he tried to find his line.

Morris discovered his soon after and bowled Tillakaratne Dilshan for 10 but Tharanga was there to remind South Africa what an error can cost. He took advantage of any width and put on 70 with Sangakkara before inside edging onto his stumps off Morkel.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene evoked even more memories of 2006 in their stint at the crease together. In their 74-run stand, Jayawardene dispatched the short ball at will while Sangakkara dealt with the spinners. Jayawardene succumbed to the pull but left Sangakkara to inflict the bulk of the damage.

Sangakkara imposed his authority in the latter third of the innings. Lahiru Thirimanne scored just 17 runs in a 123-run stand with Sangakkara, who hit audacious shots like the scoop and had some fortune with his edges. Already on a magical run this year, Sangakkara took that to new heights against an attack that ran out of ideas.

Thisara Perera's cameo at the end allowed Sri Lanka to take 103 runs off the last 10 overs and saw Sri Lanka post a total South Africa were never in with a chance of chasing.

Colin Ingram, opening in place of Amla, was out for a golden duck as his defences were absent against a perfect, inswinging Lasith Malinga yorker. Duminy, who was in a new role at No. 3 and playing his 100th ODI, dealt with Malinga better and hit him for two fours in the fifth over. Just as he looked good, he outside edged off Shaminda Eranga and Sangakkara reacted outstandingly to take a one-handed catch, low down.

Petersen showed why he should be considered in the openers' role more permanently with a watchful knock. Along with AB de Villiers, who was dropped by Eranga off his own bowling on 4, he made a South African challenge seem possible. De Villiers drove well and looked comfortable until Rangana Herath was brought on.

Sri Lanka's go-to man produced a delivery that angled into de VIlliers and bowled him as he played inside the line. Petersen, who was joint top-scorer on 29, was caught behind in the next over and at 75 for 4, it was only a matter of time.

South Africa's last six wickets fell for 58 runs as the middle order lacked temperament and application. That only served to worsen their record: South Africa have not won an ODI against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka since 1993 and have won only one of the 11 completed matches against the hosts they have played there. They will question their flawed strategy, especially in the spin department as they played two left-arm spinners against a top five with three left-handed batsmen and two sublime players of spin, who made them pay today.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • mark on July 22, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Thirimanna scoring 17 out of 123 runs p'ship in an ODI match speaks volumes about his suitability in ODI.. he is no doubt good for test .. but as many think I dont believe he is the replacement for wasnt a batting difficult pitch, in fact it was a very good one wkt which give batsmen as well as bowlers a chance.. so he scoring 17 runs shows his inability to do what is required in ODI scenario...what is the point of u save ur wkt and make 50 runs wasting 120 bowls and team end up losing the match? end of the day runs shud be on the board to win a match..Thiri cant do that consistantly.... scoring something substantial once in blue moon not gonna work for the team...

  • mark on July 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    this is the best ODI inning played by Sanga...because he has never scored 103 runs in 40 odd bowls... maximum run a ball... most of the time he ges out when accelaration is required...anyhow it was brilliant knock and very controlled, flawless inning except the ball he got out for no ball....Premadasa is a very big ground and somewhat surprise to me that he hit six 6s in a such a big ground...all that indicates it was his day and nice to see Sanga getting beter old he becomes unlike many others.

  • mark on July 22, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    I would like remind to those who talks about Malinga's obsoletenes etc that it has nothign to do with IPL or anything.. may be players have got more exposure to him due to IPL, but his real problem came after the intriduction of 2 new balls where u cant get reverse swing.. pls see his records before and after this new 2 balls rule was introduced. certainnly his effectiveness has gone down since he is not getting a 35-40 overs old ball which is ideal for reverse swing. that's when he had been lethal and effevtive, many matches he used to get wickets in his 2nd or 3rd spell after 35 overs time. although some ppl claimed that Indian batsmen are better facing him, its the lack of his lethal weapon due to new rule, nothing brilliance of so called indian or any other batsmen. unfortunate thing is Malinga has not changed his tactics much after this rule and he continue bowlling yorkers and full length bowlls where he leak too many runs and go wicket less.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Well,, play on flat pitches,,, when SL will go to SA,, they will lose,,, Till what time this will go on?? Why ICC is not forcing for neutral pitches??

  • Lalith on July 22, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @lazyone, How can youngsters get the opportunity if they do not get to bat?. If Tharanga, Dilshan, Sanga, and Mahela bat from 1 to 4 and use 40 to 45 overs how can youngsters get the opportunity? As I said before 2 should be rested for each none important ODI's like this series. Then 2 youngsters will get. Otherwise at least change the batting order so that 2 of those can bat at 6 and 7. These days even Chandimal or Lahiru do not get enough overs to build an inning.

  • Lalith on July 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @yohandf, Malinga is a passenger if SL play against India. He should be dropped against Indian matches hereafter.

  • Nadeera on July 22, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Mahela is elegant

    Sanga is classical

    I like to see Mahela's century ahead of Sanga

    But my favorite is Sanga

  • Yohan on July 22, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Go Vikes - Malinga just bowled 4 over in a match completed within 32 overs . he was not required to bowl a second spell as Herath , Thisara & Dilshan have cleaned up SA inning . It doesnt mean Malinga is a passenger in team . infact he is still the go-to-man .

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    Malinga played an entire match: "SL Malinga 4 overs 1 for 21"? Just as a bowler??? Time for SL to rebuild.....the IPL has made Malinga obsolete amongst the world's leading batsmen..... I hope SL will find ALLROUNDERS who can bowl and bat... It is the only way SL can keep ahead of the pace of change in world cricket.

  • Saurab on July 21, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Why do they keep persisting with Collin Ingram? Mark my words, Malinga will Kill him in this series with his Slingy yorkers. My Sa team would be Alviro Petersen, and Du plesis as openers,Hash Amla, Jp Dumminy, Ab devillers, David Miller, Q d kock as wicket keeper. Robin Petersen, Totsobe, Morris, Morkel. Guaranted Win.