Sri Lanka beat hosts South Africa in the opening match of the ICC World Championship. Facing a target of 320, South Africa could not handle the spinner Ajantha Mendis who wrecked the hosts and they were beaten by 55 runs.
The Sri Lankan team has been helped by contributions from Tillakeratne Dilshan (106) and Mahela Jayawardene’s 61-ball 77 with the final score at 319 for 8.
The aggressive Albie Morkel (29 not out, 32b, 3×4) and Johan Botha (21 off 20) kept South Africa in the hunt for a while before the latter batsmen failed cope with the spin department of Sri Lanka.
Rain and thunderstorm halted the contest in the 38th over. At this point, South Africa, chasing 320, was at a precarious 207 for seven. Sri Lanka was way ahead on Duckwork and Lewis equation – the par score for South Africa would have been 261.