Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SL out for 43

Sri Lanka crashed to 43 all out on Wednesday to equal the fourth lowest total ever in a one-day international, losing by a huge 258-run margin to South Africa.
Sri Lanka slumped to their worst score in ODIs and were in danger of setting a new world record low at 33-8 before the ninth-wicket pair of Kosala Kulasekara and Nuwan Kulasekara dragged the tourists past the 35 Zimbabwe scored against the Sri Lankans in 2004.
Sri Lanka were the bowling team in all of the three lowest totals in ODIs but their batsmen were on the receiving end at Boland Park as South Africa pace bowlers Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe ripped through the top order with deadly swing and bounce.

South Africa won by the third biggest victory margin by runs ever in ODIs after they made 301-8 batting first. It gave AB de Villiers a dream start to his career as South Africa's new one-day captain.

Hashim Amla's 112 propelled the Proteas to their big score, helped by rapid half-centuries from Jacques Kallis and new limited-overs skipper De Villiers.

Morne Morkel then took 4-10 and left-armer Tsotsobe 3-19 as Sri Lanka slumped to 13-6 and were all out in 20.1 overs. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson picked up 2-5 in 3.1 overs.

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