Chennai: South Africa, recovered from an early pounding to secure the early advantage against Sri Lanka in a World Cup Super Eight clash on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka, 136 for five after 35 overs, stumbled after Mahela Jayawardene elected to bat at Guyana's Providence Stadium. The side, 45 for one after ten overs, lost its way after Sanath Jayasuriya (26 off 27 balls) was caught in the off-side ring off Charl Langeveldt. The swing bowler soon snared Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene for 12.

With South Africa's well-directed bowling and alert fielding creating the pressure, Lanka got into further trouble. Kumara Sangakkara (28) failed to consolidate, caught behind off pace bowling all-rounder Andrew Hall. The in-form Chamara Silva (9) was run-out by the swift Herschelle Gibbs.

Earlier, Jayasuriya had cut loose, punishing the experienced Shaun Pollock in particular. Special Correspondent

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