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Sri Lanka won by 55 runs. (Revised target - Duckworth-Lewis system)

S Africa vs Sri Lanka

Dilshan picks apart Proteas

Sri Lanka open Champions Trophy with 55-run victory

Dilshan celebrates his century

Dilshan celebrates his century

ICC Champions Trophy - Group B
Centurion Park
Sri Lanka 319-8 (T M Dilshan 106, D P M D Jayawardene 77, K C Sangakkara 54) v South Africa 206-7 (G C Smith 58)
Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 55 runs (D/L Method)

Sri Lanka claimed a 55-run victory over hosts South Africa on the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain brought a premature end to the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Tillakaratne Dilshan stroked 106 off 92 balls as Sri Lanka piled up 319-8 after being sent in on a slow pitch at Centurion.

Dilshan was well supported by half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara (54) and Mahela Jayawardene (77) as South Africa, returning to action for the first time since the World Twenty20 in June, turned in a decidedly rusty performance.

Graeme Smith hit 58 but South Africa's run chase never recovered from a three-wicket burst from spinner Ajantha Mendis that saw them slide from 90-1 to 113-4.

The Proteas had slipped further to 206-7 in 37.4 overs when rain and thunderstorms finished proceedings early with Sri Lanka well ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis calculation.

Dilshan ton

Dilshan's third one-day international century set the tone for a one-sided contest as Sri Lanka attacked straight from the off.

Opener Dilshan, a recent convert from the middle order, hit 16 fours and a six before being caught on the boundary by Albie Morkel off Dale Steyn's bowling in the 29th over.

By that stage Sri Lanka were well placed at 181-3, Dilshan and Sangakkara (54) having put on 158 for the second wicket after the early departure of Sanath Jayarsuriya (10), lbw to Steyn in the third over.

The momentum was maintained by Jayawardene (77) and Thilan Samaraweera (37), the fourth-wicket pair adding 116 off 106 balls before departing to consecutive Wayne Parnell deliveries.

Pace duo Steyn (3-47) and Parnell (3-79) each picked up a further scalp to finish with three apiece as Sri Lanka chased quick runs in the closing overs.

Angelo Mathews (2-43) accounted for Hashim Amla (2) - opening with Smith in place of the injured Herschelle Gibbs - in the third over of the Proteas' reply.

Mendis magic

Smith and Jacques Kallis shared a second-wicket stand of 81 before the introducion of Mendis in the 15th over turned the game decisively in Sri Lanka's favour.

He sneaked a leg-break through Smith's defences with his first delivery and followed up by removing Kallis and JP Duminy with consecutive deliveries in the 21st over.

Kallis (41) spooned a low catch to Mathews at mid-off and Duminy was bowled off the inside edge for a golden duck after misreading a flipper.

And when AB de Villiers (24) was caught by Jayawardene at midwicket off Lasith Malinga's (2-43) bowling in the 27th over, South Africa looked doomed at 142-5.

Mark Boucher (26) and Johan Botha (21) briefly resisted before both succumbed to the spiralling required rate and, when the rain arrived, eighth-wicket pair Albie Morkel (29no) and Roelof van der Merwe (3no) had just come together in an increasingly forlorn cause.

Match Details

22nd Sep 2009
Centurion Park
I J Gould and S J A Taufel


Batsman R
Smith b Mendis 58
Amla b Mathews 2
Kallis c Mathews b Mendis 41
de Villiers c Jayawardene b Malinga 24
Duminy b Mendis 0
Boucher lbw b Mathews 26
Morkel not out 29
Botha c Mathews b Malinga 21
van der Merwe not out 3
Extras 2w 2
Total Close, 37.4 Overs 206 - 7
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Malinga 7.4 0 43 2
Kulasekara 7 0 44 0
Mathews 8 1 43 2
Muralitharan 8 0 46 0
Mendis 7 0 30 3
Full Bowling Card