COLOMBO, 20 JULY: Kumar Sangakkara smashed a career-best 169 today as Sri Lanka thrashed South Africa by 180 runs for its second heaviest defeat in one-day international cricket. Sangakkara hit six sixes and 18 boundaries in an entertaining 136-ball innings to lift Sri Lanka to a commanding 320-5 in 50 overs. His innings was the third best ODI score by a Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya’s 189 and Upul Tharanga’s 174 not out.
He also beat his previous best one-day score of 138 not out against India in 2005.
The defeat was South Africa’s second heaviest by runs after losing by 182 to Pakistan. It was also Sri Lanka’s biggest win over South Africa.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga dealt a blow to South Africa’s daunting run chase with his first ball, bowling opener Colin Ingram with an inswinging yorker for a first-ball duck.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka: 320 for 5 (Sangakkara 169, Morkel 2-34). South Africa: 140 (Herath 3-25, Perera 3-31) by 180 runs