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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.

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