Amla leads Proteas to win in warm-up game

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South Africa won their warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Moratuwa by 108 runs on Thursday, fielding their entire squad ahead of the ODI and Test series this month.

South Africa won their warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI in Moratuwa by 108 runs on Thursday, fielding their entire squad ahead of the ODI and Test series this month.

The Proteas played all 15 of their squad members, making the game an unofficial one, but it was still a valuable exercise in getting used to the humid conditions, with Hashim Amla scoring a century.

The visitors batted first in the 50-over match, with Amla opening the batting and going great guns from the start. Quinton de Kock opened at the other end, and was dismissed with the score on 61, though he only had 18 of them.

Amla continued on to a century off just 79 balls, before retiring himself out to give others a go. He had struck 16 fours and a six, helping take the pressure off his batting after being made Test captain.

The rest of the SA order added handy knocks, with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both making 41, but the ODI skipper retired himself out too, having scored his runs off just 27 balls. Du Plessis was removed by Anuk Fernando.

JP Duminy was the other major contributor to the 297 the Proteas scored, making 54 in the middle order. He became one of Lahiru Gamage's three wickets, while the rest of the order was out cheaply.

The home chase got off to a poor start when Dale Steyn struck in the first over to remove Upul Tharanga for four. Tharanga had just been recalled to the ODI side after a year on the sidelines, so this would not have pleased him.

Ironically, the two batsmen who did the best were Dinesh Chandimal (50) and Suraj Randiv (53), neither of whom made the ODI squad. In fact, Chandimal had been dropped due to poor form in England.

Morne Morkel went on to take three wickets, with nine of the squad having a turn to bowl, while Wayne Parnell and Aaron Phangiso took two wickets each. The Sri Lankans were all out for 189 in the 40th over.

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