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144dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Sri Lanka dismantled in Paarl

South Africa's season of outlandish results produced another jaw-dropper as Sri Lanka subsided to 43 all out, their lowest total in one-dayers

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
112(128) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 31 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
14 7 13 22 23 9 11 13
JH Kallis
72(80) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %96%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 24 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 0 22 10 10 12 12 2

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O10
M0
R54
W5
Eco5.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Morkel
O6
M2
R10
W4
Eco1.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

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 days

11 January 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alex Winter

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
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Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd4TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd4KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
4th1DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
5th0DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
6th4DPMD JayawardeneCKB Kulasekara
7th11KMDN KulasekaraCKB Kulasekara
8th9SL MalingaCKB Kulasekara
9th10CKB KulasekaraBAW Mendis
10th0CRD FernandoBAW Mendis