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Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 14:58 GMT
SA prove too strong
Shaun Pollock dismisses Jehan Mubarak
Pollock took three wickets in his opening spell
First ODI, Johannesburg: South Africa 129-4 (29.3 overs) beat Sri Lanka 128 all out (46.4 overs) by 6 wickets

South Africa's bowlers made a confident start to the five-match series as Sri Lanka were outplayed at The Wanderers.

The home side's seam attack proved too much for the tourists but as in last week's second Test, their top order batting failed as they chased a modest victory target.

Sri Lanka were in with a chance after reducing South Africa to 56 for four, but Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher were equal to the situation and saw their team home with 20 overs to spare.

Skipper Shaun Pollock earlier took four for 18 after choosing to put Sri Lanka in, leaving him just six victims short of 250 one-day wickets for his country.

Early success

Sri Lanka were expected to put up a stronger challenge after losing the Test series 2-0 and had captain Sanath Jayasuriya fit to return to their side.

Donald puts paid to Dilhara Fernando
Allan Donald was as competitive as ever

But they were left reeling as Pollock and Makhaya Ntini exploited a helpful pitch to reduce them to 30 for five early on.

It was then a question of trying to save face and Mahela Jayawardene (31) and Russel Arnold (28) did their best in a sixth wicket stand of 65.

Arnold became Ntini's third victim and veteran paceman Allan Donald chipped in with two as the tail folded, with Pollock trapping Pulasthi Gunaratne lbw to end the innings.

Openers fail

South Africa's reply was only five balls old when Herschelle Gibbs was adjudged caught behind off left-armer Chaminda Vaas for nought, a decision which did not go down well with the batsman.

Gunaratne then removed Graeme Smith in similar fashion for three, and when Boeta Dippenaar (23) and Justin Ontong (six) fell to Prabatha Nissanka, there were anxious faces among the crowd.

But Kallis was his usual efficient self, blunting the edge of the Sri Lanka's attack, while Boucher adopted a more aggressive role.

They shared an unbroken stand of 73 in 14 overs with Boucher hitting the winning boundary with a straight drive which deflected off the outstretched fingers of Dilhara Fernando.

It took him to 45 not out, with Kallis unbeaten on 38.

South Africa: Shaun Pollock (capt), Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Kallis, Justin Ontong, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Allan Donald.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (capt), Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda da Silva, Jehan Mubarak, Prabath Nissanka, Dilhara Fernando, Chaminda Vaas, Pulasthi Gunaradne.

BBC Sport's Glenn Hicks
"The force was with the home side"
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