du Plessis ton edges South Africa 1-0 in the series
In the first of the five match one day international series, hosts South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 8 wickets at the Wanderers Stadium.
Skipper Faf du Plessis completed his 11th ODI century as he guided the home team to the comprehensive eight-wicket win in 38.5 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
Du Plessis finished on a 114 ball 112 not out dodging up the Proteas to go 1-up in the ODI series after being shattered in the Test series earlier on.
In the beginning of the day, Imran Tahir’s economical three wicket haul helped bowl Sri Lanka out for 231 at the end of 47th over.
Electing to field first Lungi Ngidi made a grand come back getting rid of both Sri Lankan openers Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga in consecutive overs. Kusal Perera and debutant Oshada Fernando then did well to resurrect the innings with a solid 77 run stand for the third wicket.
Following that, Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva took the innings forward building a 94 run stand in the fifth wicket.
Mendis raced to his half century off just 55 deliveries and when it looked like the visitors were at ease closing to 300, they faced a rather sudden collapse with the falling of wicket of de Silva. Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for just 36 runs to be bowled out in 47 overs.
Chasing the short total, South Africa did not go through the best of starts as the home team lost Reeza Hendricks (1) in the second over to Vishwa Fernando. The inside edge from the opener’s off-drive opener was caught brilliantly by Niroshan Dickwella diving to grab the ball above few inches from the ground.
The uncertainty soon diminished for South Africa in the presence of de Kock and du Plessis. The duo complemented each other’s batting during the 136 run stand for the second wicket.
Akila Dananjaya, though finally broke the partnership having de Kock trapped in front, Rassie Van de Dussen finished the job with not out 32.
Sri Lanka 231 all out (47 overs)
Kusal Mendis 60, Oshada Fernando 49, Dhananjaya de Silva 39
Imran Tahir 3/26, Lungi Ngidi 3/60
South Africa 232/2 (38.5 overs)
Faf du Plessis 112, Quinton de Kock 81, Rassie Van der Dussen 32*
Vishwa Fernando 1/43
Result: South Africa won by 8 wickets.
Toss: South Africa
Man of the Match: Faf du Plessis.