Proteas win rain-reduced match

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The match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Hambantota made a mockery of cricket, but the sell-out crowd got a bit of action to watch as the game was reduced to seven overs per side and South Africa won by 32 runs.

The match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Hambantota made a mockery of cricket, but the sell-out crowd got a bit of action to watch as the game was reduced to seven overs per side and South Africa won by 32 runs.

The Proteas scored 78 for four in their seven mad-cap overs, with AB de Villiers (30) and Hashim Amla (16) scoring the bulk of the runs. Sri Lanka's chase never got started really and could only make 46 for five in their allotted innings, Dale Steyn taking two wickets.

After a delay of more than two hours due to rain and a wet outfield, the sides finally got under way and Richard Levi was soon back in the dug-out. He swung at a Nuwan Kulasekara delivery off the fourth ball of the game, and it went high in the air. Dilshan Munaweera took a superb catch over his should, diving as the ball moved away from him.

Faf du Plessis came in to join Hashim Amla, and they added 23 runs in little more than two overs, before Amla was stumped. He tried to step down the wicket to Rangana Herath, but missed and was out by a few feet for 16.

De Villiers came in and smashed 30 off 13 balls, taking the score up to 65 off six overs, but couldn't finish the innings as he was caught by Jeevan Mendis at mid off. Du Plessis departed soon after, also caught by Mendis, having made only 13 off his 11 balls.

JP Duminy (12 off 5 balls) and Albie Morkel brought the innings to a close, with Duminy hitting a four and a six off the final two balls to push the required rate past 10 per over.

Sri Lanka's reply got off to a similar start, also losing their opener with the score on four, needing over 11 runs to the over to win. De Villiers affected a superb diving run out to get rid of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had not faced a delivery and was caught ball-watching.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene followed in the next over, unable to get Dale Steyn away and caught at deep mid wicket by Farhaan Behardien. This left the hosts on eight for two and the game slipping away from them.

The Proteas gave them a couple of chances though, with Du Plessis and Albie Morkel dropping catches. The first was rather difficult as he dived to get a hand on it, but Morkel was furious as he positioned himself well under the high shot.

Sangakkara could not take advantage of the second chance Albie gave him, falling to Kallis in the same over by nicking behind for De Villiers to catch. The run rate at this stage had gone over 20 and it was all over bar the shouting.

Thisara Perera and Dilshan Munaweera were easily dismissed too, barely troubling the scorers as a game that should have been exciting fizzled out to a boring conclusion.

Sri Lanka: Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga

South Africa: Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn

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