result
1st ODI (D/N), Paarl, Jan 11 2012, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
(20.1/50 ov, target 302)43
South Africa won by 258 runs
player of the match
Morne Morkel
South Africa

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

Dilhara Fernando lbw b Peterson 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
end of over 203 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 43/9CRR: 2.15 RRR: 8.63 • Need 259 runs from 30 overs
Ajantha Mendis3 (13)
Dilhara Fernando0 (0)
Morne Morkel6-2-10-4
Robin Peterson3-0-5-1
19.6
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
Morkel to 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...

Kosala Kulasekara c Peterson b Morkel 19 (74m 46b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.3
19.4
Morkel to Kulasekara, no run

back of a length and defended into the leg side

19.3
Morkel to Kulasekara, no run

length ball outside the off stump left alone

19.2
2
Morkel to Kulasekara, 2 runs

back foot drive attempted with no foot movement and an inside edge runs down to long leg

19.1
1
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 193 runs
SL: 40/8CRR: 2.10 RRR: 8.45 • Need 262 runs from 31 overs
Ajantha Mendis2 (11)
Kosala Kulasekara17 (42)
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
Peterson to Mendis, no run

sliding into the pads, flicked to short fine leg

18.4
Peterson to Mendis, no run

pushed into the offside

18.3
1
Peterson to 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
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