SLC Board President's XI v South Africans, Colombo July 17, 2013

Duminy's 92 powers SA to win


South Africans 271 for 6 (Duminy 92, Thisara Perera 2-49) beat Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI 198 (Morris 3-27, Peterson 3-37) by 73 runs
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JP Duminy's 92 runs, and two wickets helped the South Africans cruise to a 73-run victory in their warm-up match in Colombo, ahead of the five-match ODI series that begins on Saturday. Duminy injected urgency to the South Africans' batting effort after it had threatened stagnation early on, before building strong partnerships with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, on a slow Colts Cricket Club surface. The South Africans could not score as many as they might have hoped in the final overs, considering they had only lost three wickets by the 45th, but their bowlers' fire and discipline might have defended a much lighter total than 271 for 6 against this opposition.

The visitors attack was bereft of Morne Morkel's services for much of the innings though, after he left the field with tightness in his left quad after his third over. Morkel had left the Champions Trophy in June with a quad injury, and had been believed to have recovered fully, but his availability for the series will now need to be assessed on Thursday morning, after he is observed overnight.

Earlier in the day, Duminy was strong square of the wicket, sweeping well and often, while also regularly gliding back to stroke the slow bowlers through point, as he progressed smartly against the friendly spin of Chaturanga de Silva and Jehan Mubarak. He was reluctant to use his feet, with the pitch offering some bounce, but he prospered whenever he advanced, hitting his first six over long on off Mubarak in the 45th over, before depositing de Silva over deep-square leg next over.

Having batted securely since the 13th over, Duminy had begun to search for quick runs after the 42nd, but perished in sight of a fifth List-A ton when he attempted to pick the bowler off his legs by shuffling to the off side only to be bowled behind his pads by Dhammika Prasad. Prasad and Thisara Perera picked up three wickets between them in the final overs, as the South Africans struggled to time the ball in their search for a furious finish.

In the opposition's innings, Chris Morris was intense in his early spell, pinning Dimuth Karunaratne to the crease with a barrage of quick, short deliveries aimed at the body, and when Karunaratne finally ventured an expansive cover drive, the extra bounce Morris generated drew a thin top-edge to the keeper. He also dismissed Kusal Perera in his first spell, after the batsman had looked typically threatening early on before playing the familiar loose shot that brings his demise. This time he missed an ambitious swipe to the leg side to be trapped in front.

The home side sought stability through a string of promising partnerships in the middle overs, but the South African spinners had bowled tightly, and attempts to stay in touch with the required run rate led to regular dismissals. Dinesh Chandimal could not shake himself out of a poor run of form, holing out to deep-square leg on 21 ahead of what is likely to be his first match as ODI captain on Saturday, while Thisara Perera's innings of 19 may not be enough to see him regain his place in the national side. Angelo Perera and Jehan Mubarak improved their chances of selection, however, with scores in excess of 40.

Both Morris and Robin Peterson finished with three wickets apiece, and the South Africans dismissed Mubarak in the 45th over to complete the win.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ZCF on July 18, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    I seem to recall him clicking ahead of the Champions Trophy as well......that turned out ok. Wouldn't hurt to try things in reverse next time!

    As long as Phangiso is not left out; and with Morris doing ok, it's a decision between McLaren&Morne as to who makes way for Lonwabo - then I'm happy.

    Looking forward to Aus A's tour. Thami had better not trust any promise made to him, but Gqamane should look to fill that troublesome seamer-bowling allrounder spot for us, and Bavuma should do well enough to earn a chance in place of some of the pretenders who've failed to replace Prince in Tests and our porous ODI middle order. Only a matter of time before the Proteas look truly South African. Afterall, it's not like supposedly "erring on the side of caution" has brought us any 'tangible' glory now has it.

  • Chadley on July 18, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    point singh1699. we do still depend on dale and its high time we stop. Morris is a excellent bowler who is proving his worth in the team, as for Morkel, Oh well, shit happens.....this is a great confidence boost for SA as well as our batsmen who need runs, im especially happy for JP who had a stunning Knock, i do hope that its the start of plenty more runs for him. SA develops to few upcoming playas or gives to few up coming playas a chance in the team, bowling wise, Philander should have been givn a chance in sri linka, batting wise , Davids and De kock should have played in warm ups especialy de kock for a confidence boost

  • Harjinder on July 17, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Hi Sa is good ....but M.Morkel is a weak link in the side, New face **Morris is far batter than Morkel,who will cover him ? by Rory .. . . .another Failed player,thus we dont have five good bowlers ,how can we win there.We still depend on Dale.....?Morris,M.Laren ,Robin,Sobe , Phangiso /Morkel +Duminy...That is the strength Southafrica have and 5 batsmen .So SAF needs more young cricketers to be called as allrounders....Elgaar ,jennings, handricks .Zyl .S cook etc.because you should gain somthing from every series....Good luck....

  • Sathesh Krishnan on July 17, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    A good result to begin with for SA. JP has hit a similar knock against Holland a month ago but didnt make anything count in Champions Trophy. So he has to really deliver when it counts and this series is a definite stepping stone in his new role as #3. Morris and spinners did a commendable job and they just need to carry the same momentum leading into the series. Though SA didnt play against the full SL squad this is a just the kind of start Domingo and AB would have expected. Interesting series on the cards.

  • Ranil on July 17, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Very disappointing with Thisera P just coming to the wicket with only one thought to hit off a six or a four & then get out. With ample chances given to him he should have shown maturity & stability to play a long productive innings with his skills. As he is young why not try him up the order to see whether things could change. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • deon on July 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    aaah jp. we can always count on you when there is nothing to be gained from a victory...

  • Uwaisul on July 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Why Chandimal didn't give more overs to Sachithra Serasinghe when he had figures of 3-0-9-0

  • Nadeera on July 17, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    It's time to give a chance for Angelo Perera.He is a good batsman with healthy strike rate.Strike rate is the major problem for SLan middle order.Sanga,Mahela,Chandi,Thiri-All this players strike rates are 70+.Players like AB,KP,Raina,Mr cricket,Ross are brilliant middle order batsmen with 80+ healthy strike rates.I think Angelo Perera is a good choice as a num4 or 5.I still think Sanga+Mahela+Chandi+Thiri is not a good ODI combination.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    good knock from angelo perera and jehan mubatrak, both should be included in odi swuad

  • Denham on July 17, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    i think Mubarak has matured as a batsman and i dont think its a bad idea to give him another go since he is experienced too. also it was a good, aggressive knock by Angelo Perera and i think SL needs a player like him to bat at no 6 or 7. Chandimal, kusal and jeewan should clearly be dropped from the odi squad.

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