Smith, De Villiers help SA pile up big total

Smith, De Villiers help SA pile up big total

Captain AB de Villiers and predecessor Graeme Smith both scored 125 runs on Sunday as South Africa totalled 312 for four after being put in to bat by Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international.

De Villiers finished unbeaten after facing 98 deliveries at the Wanderers while Smith received a standing ovation from the sell-out 30,000 crowd after being caught by Dinesh Chandimal off the bowling of Lasith Malinga.

While the Proteas skipper confirmed his position as one of the best stroke players in the world today with 10 fours and four sixes, Smith could not contain his joy as he walked off after a timely ton.

There was a media and public outcry against him just a week ago after innings of six, 28 and two in the first three matches of the series before he stopped the rot with a brisk 68 in Kimberley two days ago.

Score Board

South Africa
Smith c Chandimal b Malinga    125
Petersen c Mathew b Malinga    6
Du Plessis c Mathews b S’nayake    24
De Villiers (not out)    125
A Morkel (run out)    18
Duminy (not out)    5
Extras (LB-2, W-7)    9
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)    312
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-70, 3-256, 4-269. Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-46-0, Malinga 10-0-79-2, Mathews 3-1-16-0, Perera 7-0-64-0, Senanayake 9-0-50-1, Dilshan 2-0-12-0, Herath 9-0-43-0.