Proteas beat Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

The Proteas have taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series after beating Sri Lanka by 75 runs in Colombo.

South African captain AB de Villiers (L) and teammates leave the field after winning the first One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas have beaten Sri Lanka by 75 runs in the first One Day International (ODI) in Colombo to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Proteas opening pair of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started well, before de Kock was bowled for 27.

Jacques Kallis was then trapped lbw for a duck soon after, leaving the hosts in the ascendency with the Proteas on 60 for 2.

South Africa rallied and fought back, as Amla and skipper AB de Villiers put on 151 runs in their third wicket stand, taking the Proteas past the 200-run mark before de Villiers was caught for a brilliant 75 from just 70 deliveries.

De Villiers' dismissal failed to stem the flow of runs, as Amla continued his assault on the Sri Lankan bowlers.

The Cape Cobras star accumulated 109 swashbuckling runs before he was pegged lbw by Ajantha Mendis.

JP Duminy, David Miller and Ryan McLaren each played vital cameos - with Miller in particular at his destructive best with the bat - to take the Proteas to a respectable 304-5 in their allotted 50 overs.

The Sri Lankan run chase started swiftly, with the opening pair of Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan racing to Sri Lanka's 50 off just seven overs before Perera was removed by Vernon Philander.

Sri Lanka continued to pile on the runs, as Kumar Sangakkara and Dilshan tore into the Proteas bowling attack.

But after Dilshan fell, caught behind off the bowling of Morne Morkel, wickets continued to steadily tumble all around the defiant Sangakkara, whose resistance eventually broke after he'd amassed 88 runs.

After that it was just a matter of time, as Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir set about wrapping up the Sri Lankan tail.

Sri Lanka were finally all out for 229 runs, handing the Proteas victory by 75 runs.

South Africa 304-5 (50). H Amla 109, AB de Villiers 75. A Mendis 3-61.

Sri Lanka 229 (40.3). K Sangakkara 88, T Dilshan 40. I Tahir 3-50, R McLaren 2-33, D Steyn 2-38, M Morkel 2-39.