South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
First One-Day International, Colombo
Fresh from scoring a century in a warm-up match, Hashim Amla reached three figures again as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 75 runs in the first One-Day International in Colombo.
Amla stroked 109 in 130 balls and AB de Villiers 75 in 70 deliveries as South Africa reached 304 for five after winning the toss and batting first.
In reply, Kumar Sangakkara made 88 before the Sri Lankan lower order was blown away by South Africa and they were dismissed for 229.
After falling behind the required run rate, they couldn't get back on track as Imran Tahir took three wickets with Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Ryan McLaren two apiece.
Fresh from his 79-ball century three days ago, Amla played a more patient innings at the R Premadesa Stadium, first allowing Quinton de Kock (27) and later de Villiers, who hit five fours and a six, to score quickly at the other end.
De Kock was bowled by Angelo Mathews and Jacques Kallis fell for a two-ball duck when he was trapped in front by Ajantha Mendis as South Africa were reduced to 60 for two.
However, the 151-run partnership between Amla and de Villiers set South Africa on course for a score in excess of 300, and put Sri Lanka under pressure.
Mendis, who finished with three for 61, dismissed both men before JP Duminy (16), David Miller (36 not out in 21 balls) and Ryan McLaren (22 in 18) added quick runs late on.
Sri Lanka started their run chase well with Kushal Perera hititng 34 in 33 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan 40 in 46.
They put on 50 together in eight overs until Vernon Philander had Perera well caught by Morkel and then had Dilshan caught behind.
While Sangakkara was at the crease, however, Sri Lanka remained in the game but they were clearly conscious that they were falling behind the required run rate and tried to force the pace.
Sangakkara hit nine fours in 84 balls but before he fell to McLaren in the 38th over, Mahela Jayawardene (10), Ashan Priyanjan (5), Mathews (13) and Lahiru Thirimanne (15) all fell.
And in the end, they lost their last five wickets for just 13 runs, leg-spinner Tahir dismissing Jayawardene, Priyanjan and Sachithra Senanayake (6) to lead the way for the tourists.
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