Player of the Match
Player of the Match

With hopes of watching more evenly contested cricket through the rest of the year, this is goodbye from Nitin Sundar, Alex Winter and the rest of the crew at ESPNcricinfo. Cheers!

Right, that draws to an end our coverage of the first ODI of 2012, and a quite extraordinary one at that. Sri Lanka have plenty of soul-searching to do. That pitch had some evening zip in it, but that doesn't justify 43 all-out from a line-up that has Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan in it. Things fell into place superbly for the hosts. Can they carry it on through the rest of the series? I leave you with Sid Ravi's match report that is getting updated faster than Sri Lanka collapsed earlier.

Presentations:

Morne Morkel is the Man of the Match. "Slow start for me this summer, but it was important to work through the tough periods. Luckily, I had the help of our support staff and could work through that. Lopsy has been unbelievable in the last couple of years and it was great to have him at the other end. Lots of energy from Steyn too, coming in first change."

AB de Villiers: "Dream start for me as captain. Some individuals stoop up there - Morne Morkel and Amla. I thought there was something in the pitch for the bowlers and we used it. Guys running in and bowling at 140+ was good."

Dilshan, understandably isn't too happy. "The key was the first five overs. They bowled really good lines and it was very difficult to come back. We bowled well in the last few overs and came back a bit but unfortunately our batsmen couldn't put runs. Malinga is one of the best in the business and it is great to have him in the team. We don't have much time between the games and will be travelling tomorrow, hope to do better in the next match.

Tsotsobe: "Instead of staying out and mourning about not being selected, I am just stricking with the team. I have put in some hard yards and I think the flat wickets have helped me a lot. Our bowlers are more likely to hit that back of a length and make it tough for Sri Lankans."

And that's the game. And oh deary me was that a hideous innings for Sri Lanka. After the euphoria of the win the 2nd Test match, Sri Lanka have slid backwards very significantly with a crunching defeat and now an absolute humiliation...
Just to confirm, this is Sri Lanka's lowest score in ODI cricket and the third largest margin of victory in ODIs. What on earth happened? Some decent bowling at the top of the order did most of the damage and some very ordinary strokes sunk a damaged ship far faster than it should have gone down.

20.1
W
Peterson to Fernando, OUT, length ball on middle and leg, strikes the pad and it's given out. There's a referral but this looks good, striking the batsman half-way up front pad, he was playing down the wrong line, and it's striking leg stump on the full

CRD Fernando lbw b Peterson 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

END OF OVER:
20 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 43/9 (259 runs required from 29.5 overs, RR: 2.15, RRR: 8.63)

  • Ajantha Mendis3 (13b)
  • Dilhara Fernando0 (0b)
  • Morne Morkel6-2-10-4
  • Robin Peterson3-0-5-1
19.6
0
M Morkel to Mendis, no run, back of a length outside off stump and dart and a miss, brief cry for caught behind from the bowler
19.5
W
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, OUT, caught on the boundary. Hook stroke, not in control, and it presents a simple chance to deep square leg who goes a few yards to his right and pouches with two hands. Couldn't get on top of the stroke and now this group of players are seriously in danger of creating history of the wrong kind...

CKB Kulasekara c Peterson b M Morkel 19 (74m 46b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.30

19.4
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, back of a length and defended into the leg side
19.3
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball outside the off stump left alone
19.2
2
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, back foot drive attempted with no foot movement and an inside edge runs down to long leg
19.1
1
M Morkel to Mendis, 1 run, a step into the legside and cut away to third man from a length ball

16 more for Sri Lanka to evade complete humiliation...

END OF OVER:
19 | 3 Runs | SL: 40/8 (262 runs required from 29.5 overs, RR: 2.10, RRR: 8.45)

  • Ajantha Mendis2 (11b)
  • Kosala Kulasekara17 (42b)
  • Robin Peterson3-0-5-1
  • Morne Morkel5-2-7-3
18.6
1
Peterson to Mendis, 1 run, an attempted lofted drive after a step down the pitch, comes off an inside edge into the legside
18.5
0
Peterson to Mendis, no run, sliding into the pads, flicked to short fine leg
18.4
0
Peterson to Mendis, no run, pushed into the offside
18.3
1
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full ball and driven down the ground
18.2
1
Peterson to Mendis, 1 run, full toss struck down the ground, mistimed
18.1
0
Peterson to Mendis, no run, big swing into the legside from a length ball misses, cry for leg before turned down referred. But hawk-eye has the ball hitting the batsman just outside the offstump - umpire's call it says. Enough doubt for me

END OF OVER:
18 | 2 Runs | SL: 37/8 (265 runs required from 29.5 overs, RR: 2.05, RRR: 8.28)

  • Kosala Kulasekara16 (41b)
  • Ajantha Mendis0 (6b)
  • Morne Morkel5-2-7-3
  • Robin Peterson2-0-2-1
17.6
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball on off stump and defended from the crease into the offside
17.5
2
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, nicely pulled, getting on top of the bounce, down to deep backward square
17.4
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball and defended carefully from the crease out to point
17.3
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, wide of off stump and cut and missed, good take from de Villiers low to his right
17.2
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length outside off stump and left alone
17.1
0
M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length outside the off stump and a back foot dabble misses

A gorgeous sunset in Paarl...

END OF OVER:
17 | 1 Run | SL: 35/8 (267 runs required from 29.5 overs, RR: 2.05, RRR: 8.09)

  • Ajantha Mendis0 (6b)
  • Kosala Kulasekara14 (35b)
  • Robin Peterson2-0-2-1
  • Albie Morkel2-0-2-0
16.6
0
Peterson to Mendis, no run, played forward on middle stump
16.5
1
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full and driven down the ground to long off
16.4
0
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, played off an inside edge behind square on the leg side
16.3
0
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball on middle stump and played forward
16.2
0
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, pushed back to the bowler on off stump
16.1
0
Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, driven down the ground from a full length
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Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
0TM DilshanWU Tharanga
4TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
4KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
1DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
0DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
4DPMD JayawardeneCKB Kulasekara
11KMDN KulasekaraCKB Kulasekara
9SL MalingaCKB Kulasekara
10CKB KulasekaraBAW Mendis
0CRD FernandoBAW Mendis