At Paarl, January 11, 2012 (day/night). South Africa won by 258 runs. Toss: South Africa.

Sri Lanka did not merely lose: they were obliterated. Shot out for their lowest score in one-day internationals - and the joint-fourth-lowest in all - they went down to the second-heaviest defeat for a Full Member nation. After a Test series in which they had shown signs of adjusting to South African surfaces, they slipped to 24 for seven against the pace, bounce and discipline of Morne Morkel, who finished with a career-best four for ten, and Tsotsobe. It might have been worse but for Kosala Kulasekara, who was the only batsman to score more than six or last longer than 16 balls. South Africa's display capped a dream captaincy debut for de Villiers, which started when his batsmen amassed 301. Amla, who hit his ninth one-day international hundred, added 144 with Kallis and 91 with de Villiers, who faced only 40 balls. South Africa's margin of victory might have surpassed their record - by 272 runs, over Zimbabwe at Benoni in 2010 - had Malinga not reined them in with four wickets in his last three overs. It was Sri Lanka who had inflicted the three lowest one-day international totals (one of them, when Canada were bowled out for 36 in the 2003 World Cup, was also at Paarl). Now they suffered a taste of their own medicine.

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Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent