Home > News >

Angelo Mathews says ‘rusty’ Sri Lanka had bad day against South Africa in 1st ODI

Angelo Mathews said South Africa played better than Sri Lanka in the first ODI © AFP
Angelo Mathews said South Africa played better than Sri Lanka in the first ODI © AFP

Colombo: Jul 6, 2014

Angelo Mathews said Sri Lanka had a ‘bad day at the office’ against South Africa in the first One-Day International (ODI). Sri Lanka were convincingly beaten by South Africa by 75 runs at Colombo on July 6, 2014.

Opener Hashim Amla smashed 109 and Ryan McLaren took two wickets in three balls as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka in the first of three ODIs. Amla, 31, hit eight fours in his composed 130-ball knock and shared a 151-run third-wicket stand with captain AB de Villiers (75), helping the visitors post a formidable 304 for five at the R Premadasa Stadium.

Kumar Sangakkara responded with a fine 88 off just 84 balls but Sri Lanka were still bundled out for 229 off 40.3 overs.

The hosts appeared headed towards victory at one point. But paceman McLaren dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne and Sangakkara in the 38th over to trigger a collapse that saw Sri Lanka lose their last five wickets for just 13 runs.

“We had a bad day at the office. The South Africans played better cricket and we were really rusty,” said Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews.

“After the start we got, the middle order made some poor shot selection and that cost us the game.”

Spinner Imran Tahir was a tad expensive but emerged as the highest wicket taker for the visitors, finishing with three for 50 from seven overs. The visitors had got off to a steady start after winning the toss, putting on 58 before losing two batsmen in quick succession.

Opener Quinton de Kock was bowled by Mathews (one for 30) for 27 which included a mighty six over mid-wicket off spinner Sachithra Senanayake (one for 49).

Just two balls later, unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis (three for 61) trapped star all-rounder Jacques Kallis leg before wicket with his trademark carrom ball for a duck, to reduce the Proteas to a shaky 60 for two.

But Amla and de Villiers made light of the twin setbacks and steered the innings to a position of strength with their 141-ball stand.

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 26, 2014  at Hambantota

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Trent Bridge cricket ground: A small tour

Zimbabwe vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, 3rd ODI at Harare: South Africa win by 61 runs

England, take ODIs seriously if you want to win

Hiralal Gaekwad: the southpaw who lost out to Vinoo Mankad

Lord Ganesha XI: Eleven cricketers who were named after the elephant God

Suresh Raina’s new avatar on India’s tour of England 2014

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

Suresh Raina feels Murali Vijay, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu are options to open

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

Prosper Utseya’s hat-trick in vain as South Africa clinch 61 run victory against Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

India tour of England 2014: Alex Hales wants to play Test cricket

Aditya Verma: Will oppose N Srinivasan or BCCI if AGM is delayed

Rilee Rossouw’s golden duck ‘feat’

Rohit Sharma’s injury gives Murali Vijay a new lease of life in ODI career

Prosper Utseya prospers for Zimbabwe

National Sports Day: Cricket’s television revolution has inspired other sports

Tinashe Panyangara’s suspension by Zimbabwe Cricket is ludicrous

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

666 Posts | 6 Fans

12 runs in one ball

Suresh Raina feels Murali Vijay, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu are options to open

Dr. Shirley Telles Brings Yoga and Science Together

What is the Ebola virus disease survival rate?

Apple iPhone 6 photos with full casing leaked ahead of September 9 launch

Apple iWatch won’t ship until next year: Report

NGOs pursue education for all

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Tanuja Desai Hidier Releases ‘Born Confused’ Sequel Novel & Album

Rajinikanth finds a fan in Ross Taylor!

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014: Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee celebrate Ganeshotsav with the team of Khamoshiyan – view pics!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here