Sri Lanka defeat hosts SAin opener

SRI LANKA shocked hosts South Africa by winning the opening Champions Trophy encounter in a rain-affected match at Centurion. <br /><br />The heavens opened in the 38th over with South Africa way behind on the Duckworth-Lewis method, handing Sri Lanka a deserved 55-run win and two points. Tillakaratne Dilshan&rsquo;s rapid century helped Sri Lanka set a daunting total of 319, and after Ajantha Mendis removed dangermen Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy in successive balls, the hosts never fully recovered. <br /><br />Graeme Smith won the toss, electing to field first but Dilshan signalled his intent by crashing the first ball to the fence for four.&nbsp; Although Sanath Jayasuriya fell early to the impressive Dale Steyn, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera both hit half centuries to propel Sri Lanka over 300.<br /><br />Smith made a fluent 58 but Hashim Amla went cheaply and, after Kallis fell for 41, wickets tumbled and South Africa never kept up with the required run rate.