It was the first ODI of the Sri Lanka and South Africa series, where team playing at home was in a great form. The visitors were also determined and came into the series and Colombo was their first destination.

It was a sunny day at Colombo and South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. South African openers, Amla and De Kock took guard and it was Malinga on the bowling end. South Africa managed only a run in the first over. With Malinga, Kulasekara started the bowling and gave 6 runs in his first over.  Both the South African openers were slowly building up the score for South Africa. Previously De Kock has scored 3 ODI hundred in past 3 matches and if he scores a hundred in this match it will be record. Opening partnership lasted for just 58 runs when De Kock was dismissed by Angelo Mathews for 27 runs. Kallis came onto bat, but in the next over he was dismissed by Mendis for a duck and his inclusion didn’t work out. Next it was rank one batsman, AB De Villiers who took the crease and was hoping to make a big score. AB De Villiers was dropped for just 17 runs by Mathews. Amla and De Villiers were playing well and Amla one time lucky, got to his half century in the 23rd over.  De Villiers also got to a half century in the 32nd over and these two batsmen already had a partnership of above 100 runs. In the 36th over record partnership of 151 runs between De Villiers and Amla was over as De Villiers was dismissed by Mendis  for a well made 75 runs. Duminy took charge with Amla who was few runs away from a hundred. Finally in the 39th over Amla got to his century and it was a well composed innings. Amla was dismissed in the 42nd over by Mendis and his massive innings came to a halt. A total of 300 was looking difficult now after Duminy’s  dismissal in the 45th over. But McLaren and Miller with their hard hitting in last five over’s of the match posted a massive total of 304 for 5. Sri Lanka requiring 305 for a win.

Sri Lanka, as most of you have pointed out, won’t have any problem with massive score, just yet. They’re used to these conditions and South Africa only has one regular spinner to take advantage of a sluggish pitch. Kusal Perera and Dilshan was the two Sri Lankan openers and on the bowling end was Dale Steyn, and just 3 runs came in the first over. Philander was the other South African bowler to bowl and gave just 2 runs. Slowly as the two openers were starting to build up the innings, Philander got the break through by dismissing Perera. It was Sangakkara who came onto bat. Dilshan hit 3 boundries in the 13th over and Imran Tahir was left in despair. In the 17th over Morkel dismissed Dilshan for a well made 40 runs and Jayawardene took his place. In the 23rd over Tahir dismissed Jayawardene for just 10 runs. Now Priyanjan took guard with Sangakkara, but Priyanjan didn’t last long as Imran Tahir dismissed him for just 5 runs. In the 30th over South Africa got their fifth success of the game when Mathews was dismissed by Morkel for just 13 runs. Sri Lanka still has hopes to win this one as Sangakkara was still in the crease but somebody needed to stay with him. Thirimane was dismissed in the 37th over by McLaren for 15 runs. Sri Lankan hopes further shattered when Sangakkara was dismissed in the same over from a silly shot. Sangakkara missed out on a hundred, as he was dismissed for 88 runs.  South Africa was edging towards victory when Kulasekara was dismissed in the 39th over by Steyn. Imran Tahir got the ninth wicket for South Africa when he dismissed Senanayake. South Africa was a wicket away and finally Steyn got the final success of the game by dismissing Mendis.

The visitor won their first ODI convincingly and Amla was the hero of the match. Home team needs to perform well in their second match.


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