1st ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 20 2013, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(31.5/50 ov, target 321)
Sri Lanka won by 180 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Sri Lanka thrash South Africa by 180 runs

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

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka320/5(50 overs)
South Africa140(31.5 overs)

That does it for this game. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

Chandimal starts with a huge win on captaincy debut. Chandimal: "This is my first game, good to start on winning note. Credit to the batsmen first of all. Sanga and Mahela are wily old foxes, they know how to do it. We learn lots from Sanga. I have three former captains, they give lot of advice to me on the field." When asked if he wasn't really tested as a captain in this game, he says he did demote himself down the order!

AB de Villiers: "Its not the end of the series, I know my boys will fight back. Not a lot of positives, but we can only improve. It is mentally hard to accept. But we will fight back. [Our record in SA] is something we are aware of, but we would like to win the series. We missed Hash [Amla], he is one of our class players. We were way below par but I know what the players are capable of, the second game is on the same field, we know the conditions quite well now."

Kumar Sangakkara is the Man of the Match. Sangakkara: "We had a bit of luck to start. Upul batted well. When he got out Mahela came in and raised the tempo, he had nearly caught up with me when he got out. It then became a bit easier. It was a bit two-paced, it was about facing enough deliveries and get going, I took 34 overs to get going but I stuck in there. Morkel bowled good spells, it was about absorbing that and targetting the others."

Full-blown demolition night in Colombo. Sangakkara made 169, South Africa responded with 140. The ball was coming on quite nicely, but no South Africa batsman was prepared to hang around long enough to take advantage. Ingram and Duminy got good deliveries, the others conspired in their own dismissals. No one apart from Sangakkara on either side made more than 43. What an assault that was from Sanga, was so sudden and complete it totally shocked South Africa

Sumith: "Glad that Thisara Perera gave a good reply to the Sri Lankan selectors."

jjazeel: "To all South africans, I can understand your feelings, this is exactly how we felt after the 1st ODI in south africa, where our team got all out for 43 runs"

Herath to Phangiso, OUT
and that shall do it, Phangiso jumps out and heaves at the Colombo night air, the flighted delivery spins past, Sanga collects, waits to see if Phangiso is attempting a return, and on seeing he isn't, politely removes a bail to end the fun
AM Phangiso st †Sangakkara b Herath 0 (7m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Herath to Phangiso, no run
flatter, he is forward to block
Herath to Phangiso, no run
gets forward to block a tossed up ball
Herath to Phangiso, no run
defends a tossed up ball
Herath to Morris, 1 run
drives an angled full delivery to long on

Chris: "So Sangakara has beaten South African XI. Go figure !!!"

end of over 311 runs
SA: 139/9CRR: 4.48 • RRR: 9.57 • Need 182 from 18.1ov
Aaron Phangiso0 (9)
Chris Morris8 (16)
Thisara Perera7-0-31-3
Rangana Herath8-1-24-2

Michael: "To me, it seems like the Proteas are like a jersey with a loose thread. Instead of taking the time to cut the loose thread off, restoring the jersey to its former glory, the selectors, CSA, whoever is just yanking at the thread, just making it worse and unraveling it further. I think it's time that SA take a little time and just rebuild."

Perera to Phangiso, no run
plays out a short of a length ball to the off side
Perera to Phangiso, no run
widish length ball left alone
Perera to Phangiso, no run
gets out of the way of a bouncer just outside off, avoided quite well
Perera to Phangiso, no run
hits a good length ball to cover
Perera to Phangiso, no run
around the blockhole, outside off, patted away
Perera to Morris, 1 run
slaps a short and wide ball to the sweeper

Chris Thompson: "@Uwaisul: His resume was longer than the time some SA batsmen spent in the middle"

end of over 30Wicket maiden
SA: 138/9CRR: 4.6 • RRR: 9.15 • Need 183 from 18.1ov
Aaron Phangiso0 (4)
Chris Morris7 (15)
Rangana Herath8-1-24-2
Thisara Perera6-0-30-3
Herath to Phangiso, no run
pitched up, pushed to short extra cover
Herath to Phangiso, no run
comes in with the arm, he manages a thick inside edge to pad
Herath to Phangiso, no run
sharp turn outside off, left alone
Herath to Phangiso, no run
it came in with the angle, he gets a thick inside edge as he presses forward
Herath to Morkel, OUT
they are in a hurry, Morkel's teed off, and hit a bunker in the form of Thirimanne at long on, good effort from the fielder, he was some way in from the rope but timed his jump to take it over his head, arms outstretched
M Morkel c Thirimanne b Herath 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Herath to Morkel, no run
punches one that stays low, down the track
end of over 294 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 138/8CRR: 4.75 • RRR: 8.71 • Need 183 from 18.1ov
Chris Morris7 (15)
Thisara Perera6-0-30-3
Rangana Herath7-0-24-1
Perera to Peterson, OUT
Perera has his third, digs it in short with effort, Peterson is unable to get hold of the pull, and a top edge is taken by Tharanga, a fine catch running and sliding forward from deep square leg
RJ Peterson c Tharanga b Perera 29 (45m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.37
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
169 runs (137)
18 fours
6 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
38 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
WU Tharanga
43 runs (64)
7 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
NLTC Perera
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3392
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days20 July 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Richard Kettleborough
Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft