Paarl, Jan 11: In reply to South Africa's 301/8, Sri Lanka registered their worst ODI total and their fourth lowest total in 50 overs format as they were dismissed for 43 in the first one day international at Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday.
This happens to be the South Africa's highest winning margin against Sri Lanka and their third biggest in ODI history.
Yet another disastrous start, saw Sri Lanka slip to 13/6 in reply to the mammoth 301/8 posted by Proteas. Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe shared seven wickets between them to rip through the Lankan batting line-up.
Chasing a mammoth total of 302, Sri Lankans had great hopes of being successful but Morkel ensured that the visitors did not get off to a good start as he and Tsotsobe ripped through the top order as they couldn't comeback having lost 6 wickets for 13 runs.
After having laid the foundation, Proteas went for the kill as they emerged victorious after dismissing the visitors to 43, their lowest one day international total.Morkel finished with impressive figures of 4-10 while Tsotsobe also managed to grab the attention as he picked 3 wickets for 19 runs.
After winning the toss and elected to bat, Proteas posted 301/8 in the allotted 50 overs. Opener Hashim Amla (112) anchored the innings as he scored his 9th ODI hundred and was also involved in a 144 run partnership with Jacques Kallis (72) for the second wicket and 91 for the third wicket with captain AB deVilliers (52).
Malinga's devastating spell saw South Africa slip to 300/8 after being comfortably placed at 279/4 in the 46th over. He dismissed Albie Morkel (25) and Amla (112) in consecutive balls as the Proteas lost track and lost six wickets in quick succession, while they added only 22 runs in the last 4.4 overs as Malinga finished with figures of 5-54.
Sri Lankan captain Dilshan too acknowledged the hosts as they bowled brilliantly with the new ball as they got a dream start while Sri Lanka lost the match in the 8th over itself as they were reeling at 13/6.
With the top order adding just 10 runs, big names like Dilshan, Tharanga were out for a nought, while Sangakkara (4) and Jayawardene (2) too could not stay for long as the team collapsed to 43 in 20.1 overs.
Kosala Kulasekara top scored with 19 as the rest of them collapsed for single digits. It was indeed a dream start for AB deVilliers as captain as the hosts crushed Sri Lanka to a humiliating 258 run loss in the opener of the five match one day series at Paarl.
Sri Lanka's previous lowest total was 55 against West Indies at Sharjah in the year 1986/87. It was indeed a coincidence as the collapse was witnessed on the same ground where they dismissed Canada for the then world record of 36, the lowest total by a team in ODIs in the 2003 World Cup.
Now, having lost the opener, Dilshan hopes that the team will come back again as they did in Tests and put up a good show. The second one dayer is scheduled on Jan 14, Saturday at East London.