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South Africa put Sri Lanka in to bat


Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharanga (left) is watched by South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers as he plays a shot during their first One Day International in Colombo on July 20, 2013. Villiers won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat. (AFP)

South African captain AB de Villiers won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the first one-day international at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Saturday.

The Proteas, already without three frontline players in Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, suffered a blow when star batsman Hashim Amla pulled out of the first game due to a stiff neck.

Sri Lanka are captained by 23-year-old Dinesh Chandimal after Angelo Mathews was suspended for two games for slow over-rates during the recent tri-series in the West Indies.

Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Thisara Perera.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt), Alviro Petersen, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Ranmore Martinesz (SRI).

TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)