Wed, Sep 01, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Sri Lanka takes series against Proteas

SPLENDID DISPLAY Setting the South Africans a massive total of 308 to beat, Sri Lanka's bowlers went on the rampage and beat the determined Proteas by 49 runs


Sri Lankan cricketer Saman Jayantha plays a shot during the final one day international match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at The Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo.


Sanath Jayasuriya top-scored with 79 runs and captured three wickets yesterday as Sri Lanka trounced South Africa by 49 runs in the final one-day international despite a fighting century from Jacques Kallis. Sri Lanka swept the series 5-0.

Batting first, Sri Lanka amassed 308 runs losing eight wickets in 50 overs after South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first on a pitch that favored strokeplay.

Later, South Africa was dismissed for 259 runs in 48.1 overs helped by a superb 5-61 from legspinner Upul Chandana.

South Africa lost out-of-form Herschelle Gibbs with the total on 11, bowled off the inside edge by left-arm seamer Nuwan Zoysa.

Smith showed promise with a well-compiled 25, hitting three fours, but fell run-out to a sharp throw from Chandana at deep square-leg when he attempted a second run.

Kallis and Jacques Rudolph joined at the departure of Smith and added fighting 114 runs in 137 balls for the third wicket scoring with singles and two and hitting lose balls to the boundary.

South Africa needed to score at a rate of nine runs per over at the end of 35 overs when Rudolph came out to hit Chandana and was caught by Tillekeratne Dilshan at short mid-on for 48 runs.

Rudolph faced 60 balls for his runs which included two fours.

Mark Boucher made a quick 24 runs off 19 balls before being stumped by Kumar Sangakkara off Chandana. He hit two fours and a six.

Kallis departed after making 101 runs -- his 13th one-day century, when he top-edged a sweep against Chandana to give Kumar Sangakkara an easy catch.

Trying to increase the scoring rate, South Africa lost their last five wickets for 49 runs.

Earlier yesterday, an aggressive 125-run partnership between Jayasuriya and Saman Jayantha helped Sri Lanka set a massive target for South Africa.

Fast bowler Shaun Pollock gave South Africa a good start dismissing opener Avishka Gunawardene on the third ball of the day, without any run on the board. Gunawardene was bowled as he misjudged the line of a ball and tried to leave it.

Jayasuriya and Jayantha pulled the side out of trouble with their 132-ball stand which came in 96 minutes.

Smith brought fast bowler Lance Klusener into the attack in the 23rd over and on his first ball forced an edge off Jayantha's bat to wicketkeeper Boucher.

Jayantha made 51 -- his second one-day half-century, in 68 balls including six fours.

Jayasuriya's 79 came in 85 balls including seven fours before offspinner Smith had him caught by Gibbs at short extra-cover off a leading edge.

In-form batsman Sangakkara recorded his 17th half-century -- and third of the series -- as he added a brisk 84 off 87 balls for the fourth wicket with stand-in skipper Mahela Jayawardene.

Sangakkara plundered 72 runs in 71 balls including four fours and a six before being caught by Kallis off pacer Charl Langeveldt as he tried to speed up the scoring rate in the 43rd over.

Jayawardene departed for 39 runs made in 45 balls trapped lbw by Langeveldt.

Langeveldt, playing his first match of the tour, recorded the best bowling figures for South Africa with three wickets for 31 runs in seven overs.

Pakistan vs Netherlands

Rain, appropriately, ended Pakistan's visit to the Netherlands when their friendly match against the Dutch national side at the VRA Ground on Monday was abandoned.

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