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Humiliating defeat to Sri Lanka as the tourists skittled to lowest 43

Humiliating defeat to Sri Lanka as the tourists skittled to lowest 43

Sri Lanka were skittled for a humiliating 43 as South Africa cruised to a mammoth 258-run victory in the first one-day international in Paarl.

Hashim Amla's 112 had helped the Proteas post 301-8 after winning the toss, despite Lasith Malinga's 5-54.

But the tourists collapsed alarmingly, with only all-rounder Kosala Kulasekara (19) reaching double figures.

LOWEST ODI TOTALS

  • 35 - Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Harare, April 2004
  • 36 - Canada v Sri Lanka, Paarl, February 2003
  • 38 - Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), December 2001
  • 43 - Pakistan v West Indies, Cape Town, February 1993
  • 43 - Sri Lanka v South Africa, Paarl, January 2012

It was the joint fourth lowest ODI total of all time, and the third largest margin of defeat.

Sri Lanka join Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bermuda, Namibia and Hong Kong in having lost a full one-day international by more than 250 runs.

And only a late flurry prevented them from threatening Zimbabwe's unwanted record of 35, the all-time lowest total, from a game against Sri Lanka in April 2004.

Indeed, Kulasekara was given out lbw to Morne Morkel with three runs still needed to equal that score - but he was reprieved by the Decision Review System.

Man of the match Morkel (4-10) and new-ball partner Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3-19) did the damage for the Proteas, at one point reducing the tourists to

Spinner Robin Peterson picked up 2-5 to wrap up the innings, as AB de Villiers enjoyed a welcome start to his reign as South Africa's one-day captain.

The five-match one-day series continues in East London on Saturday.

Posted on 2012-01-12 14:31:53
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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