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Sri Lanka defeat Proteas by 94 runs

The Lankans, who had made 282-6 in their innings, bowled South Africa out for just 188 with 5.4 overs remaining.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 17:25 IST

Sri Lanka let their rivals know they were anything but a spent force in the tri-series limited overs cricket competition when they produced a stunning form reversal to humble South Africa by 94 runs on Tuesday.

The Sri Lankans, who had made 282-6 in their innings, bowled South Africa out for just 188 with 5.4 overs remaining at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Crushed by 116 runs in their opening match against Australia, Sri Lanka were aided by South Africa's questionable decision to send them in to bat on a perfect wicket and in good conditions.

Their cause was also helped by the late withdrawal of brilliant South African allrounder Jacques Kallis with an elbow injury.

The Proteas also dropped two catches and ran poorly between the wickets, which cost them the wickets of top order batsmen Jacques Rudolph and Herschelle Gibbs.

They lost their last five wickets for just 36 runs.

The Sri Lankans were spurred by a 112-run partnership between Jehan Mubarak and Kumar Sangakkara for the second wicket.

The partnership ended with the last ball of the 23rd over when Botha trapped Mubarak lbw for 61 off 69 balls, including nine boundaries.

Sangakkara went on to make a stylish 88 off 109 balls. Despite the impressive start, Sri Lanka managed just 62 runs off their last 10 overs.

Scores: Sri Lanka 282-6 (50 overs), South Africa 188 (44.2 overs).

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 12:15 IST