Sri Lanka Board President's XI v South Africans, tour game, Moratuwa July 3, 2014

Amla ton guides South Africans' win

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africans 297 for 9 (Amla 104, Duminy 54, Randiv 3-47) beat Sri Lanka Board President's XI 189 (Randiv 53, Chandimal 50, Morkel 3-29) by 108 runs

Hashim Amla struck the only century of the South Africans' warm-up match against Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Moratuwa, off just 79 balls, and anchored the team to a comfortable victory. He had support from Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy before Morne Morkel spearheaded the bowling effort.

The chief concern about the extra responsibility that looms over Amla, who is South Africa's new Test captain, is how the leadership role will affect his batting. If the early signs are anything to go by, Amla is not thinking that far ahead yet. Amla is not the ODI captain and, in his innings, showed that his focus is still firmly on scoring runs in that format for now.

Worryingly for the South African camp, Jacques Kallis, who was due to be reinstated to the No.3 position had to be withdrawn from the match because he hurt his upper back during warm-ups. CSA tweeted that Kallis' exclusion was a "precaution", and was hopeful he will recover in time for the first ODI on Sunday.

Kallis' unavailability meant du Plessis was promoted up the order, ahead of de Villiers or Duminy. He was called on in the 14th over after Amla had steered the South Africans to a speedy start. Quinton de Kock contributed just 18 runs in the opening stand of 61 and was out lbw to offspinner Suraj Randiv after facing 40 balls.

When du Plessis joined Amla, South Africa enjoyed their most profitable partnership of the innings. The pair put on 92 runs in 13.2 overs - a rate of 6.90 runs to the over - with Anuk Fernando, Jehan Mubarak and Jeevan Mendis being punished.

Amla reached his century with the only six of his innings and then retired out. De Villiers and du Plessis kept South Africa going until the 30th over when du Plessis was out for 41. De Villiers and JP Duminy then upped the ante but with de Villiers scoring quickly, he retired on 41 to allow the lower order time in the middle.

Duminy brought up a half-century but David Miller and Ryan McLaren were foxed by Randiv. South Africa lost five wickets for 71 runs but still managed to post a healthy 297, which their bowlers defended with ease.

As they do in the longer format, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander made the early inroads before Morkel backed them up with a fast and furious spell. The Sri Lanka Board President's XI were 40 for 5 inside 10 overs and the contest was over.

The South African spinners, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso, were economical with none of them going for more than 4.75 runs to the over. Phangiso was the only one to claim any wickets but that may not be enough to earn him a place in Sunday's starting XI, with Tahir and Duminy being considered the frontline spinners.

Wayne Parnell established an advantage in the left-arm pace department, with more success than Beuran Hendricks. Parnell took two wickets in this three overs, Hendricks did not claim one but was the most expensive bowler and also conceded the most extras.

He came under attack from Randiv, who kept the South Africans in the field for longer than they would have liked. Randiv's 53 at No.9 lent some respectability to a Sri Lankan scorecard which only had runs from Dinesh Chandimal to speak of. Chandimal raised his bat to a half-century to push for a recall after he was dropped for the first two ODIs.

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  • Kanishka on July 4, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    @sidh78 lets get something straight most of the drawn matches you talked about have been rain affected and the 950 odd scored by SL was in 1998 at the Premadasa which is not a venue used for test matches. I'm pretty sure you have never seen a match at the SSC, PSS or any ground in Kandy where fast bowlers always gets some help. So please refrain from making dubious comments regarding something you know nothing about.

  • sidh on July 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Sl pitches are flatest in the world.thats why above 900 runs in a inning scored in!! also even bangaladesh batsmans score near 600 runs in a inning in SL.this shows the quality of pitches in SL.thats why most test matches in sl ended in draw.but indian pitches are spining and turning but initialy good for batting & fast seam bowling.thats why in last 30 test matches played in india, 27 matches gave result.

  • Premil on July 4, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Chnadimal is the best young batsman in Sri Lanka. PLs recall him into the squad

  • udendra on July 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    kudos to SLC for giving the South Africans a green top at Moratuwa.

  • David on July 4, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Unbelievably, the sterling performance of Lahiru Sampath Gamage, taking the most wickets at the lowest economy rate of any bowler, is unnoticed by those commenting here. Fair enough, two wickets were in the tail, but still he was cheap and did the required job. And then, he batted and scored more than half the team did, and was not dismissed!

    Lots of folks here mention that Chandimal and Suraj Randiv are not in the squad. Spare a thought for Lahiru Sampath Gamage - he's not only omitted from the squad, he does not even have a cricinfo bio. Now this is a man who deserves a little recognition - he out bowled the rest of the SL pacers … and spinners. Maybe a good start is that someone could contribute a bio of him for cricinfo - right now his page is just a pile of stats. I'd venture he may be of more value than the other Lahiru ….

  • creebo on July 3, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    We need to find a way to get the best out of miller,hope we beat sri lanka this time

  • Kendal on July 3, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Amla and AB are a class apart. The question is which one of Morkel or Philander are they going to leave out if they select Parnell for variation? Tough choice, unless Kallis doesn't play, in which case they can use either Vern or McClaren as an allrounder, but it weakens the batting slightly. The benefits of having a top order batsman allrounder, for a while longer, maybe.

  • Lester on July 3, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Really poor show from SL. Some almost first team regulars playing like amateurs.

    No excuse - this is your own country and own conditions - MAN UP.

  • Chatty on July 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Thirimanna is clearly hopelessly out of form. He needs a break. He should not play in the coming series. Let him play a few domestic matches. He needs his confidence back. He is not going to get that against Styne and Co. It does not matter that he is the VC. There is no point putting too much pressure on him. It is not as if he is out for good. The guy is talented. He just needs some runs in the domestic scene and he will be ready in quick time.

  • Prashan on July 3, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Well played South Africa indeed. Chandimal fails when it matters the most. Hopefully Kusal, Priyanjan and Vithanage impress this Sunday.

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