1st ODI: Rabada, Shamsi star in South Africa’s five-wicket win over Sri Lanka

first_imgSouth Africa rode the efforts of fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi as both picked up four wickets each in their five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at Dambulla on Sunday.Rabada, who took 4-41, inflicted the early damage while left-arm spinner Shamsi provided the late breakthroughs with his 4-33 as South Africa bundled out Sri Lanka for 193 under 35 overs after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat.Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya picked up two early wickets to give Sri Lanka hope but the touring side, who were mauled 2-0 in the test series, recovered to reach the target in 31 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. (SCORECARD)Opener Quinton de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis hit identical 47s to steady South Africa’s chase during a 86-run stand for the third wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman became Dananjaya’s third victim.It was left to JP Duminy to take South Africa home with an unbeaten 53 off 32 deliveries.FOUR and that’s 50 up for @jpduminy21! Take a bow, jou lekker ding! 53* off 32 balls (6x4s and 2x6s), the boundary was also South Africa’s winning runs! Congratulations team on the 5-wicket victory. They go 1-0 up in the 5-match series. #ProteaFire #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/gnnh4b6qOGCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 29, 2018Earlier, Kusal Perera hit a 72-ball 81 to provide some respectability to Sri Lanka’s innings after the hosts were reduced to 36-5 in the face of a devastating opening spell from Rabada.advertisementKusal and Thisara Perera, who made 49, added 92 for the sixth wicket during a counter-attacking partnership before Shamsi separated them by dismissing the latter, caught behind to wicketkeeper de Kock.Great start to the series for @shamsi90. Man of the match figures of 4/33 #ProteaFire #SLVSA pic.twitter.com/3LHLQMWE0OCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 29, 2018Shamsi also dismissed Kusal, who was out caught trying to play a reverse sweep, after an entertaining innings that included 11 fours and a six.The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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