Captain Faf du Plessis lead from the front and South Africa returned through the ODI. Faf du Plessis’ century brought him the man of the match and South Africa won the first ODI of five-match series by 8 wickets.
Sri Lanka Inning
Losing the toss, visitors had to bat first. Sri Lanka Inning started the worst. Losing two openers, Niroshan Dickwell, and Upul Tharanga by 23 runs on the scoreboard. Though Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando made 76 runs partnership. Before scoring 33 runs from 36 balls with 4 fours, Kusal Perera became a caught behind to Imran Tahir’s delivery.
Then add a couple of runs on the scoreboard Oshada Fernando also trapped into run-out, scoring 49 runs with 5 fours and couple of sixes. But fifth wicket partnership brought 93 runs partnership. Accordingly, Kusal Mendis scored 60 runs with 73 balls with 5 fours and a six as well with Dhananjaya de Silva got 39 runs with 3 fours, which was actually the last successful partnership. Then Sri Lanka ends in 231 runs.
The Protea bowlers made an excellent example of group work. Each, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir picked 3 wickets. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje got a wicket each. Obviously, the bowlers made the foundation of the headline, Captain Faf du Plessis lead from the front and South Africa returned through the ODI.
South Africa Inning
Though South Africa Inning started comparatively disappointing, losing the opener Reeza Hendricks by 14 runs on the scoreboard, another opener Quinton de Kock and Protea captain made 136 runs partnership. According to the wicket of Quinton de Cock, scoring 81 runs with 11 fours, Akila Dhananjaya brought the breakthrough.
But Protea captain got his another century today. The eleventh ODI century brought him the man of the match and the stamps for South Africa. The unbeatable 112 runs inning came from 15 fours and a six. Captain Faf du Plessis lead from the front and South Africa returned through the ODI. Each Akila Dhananjaya and Vishwa Fernando got the two wickets.
The man of the match
Faf du Plessis, the man of the match, “I thought we played very well. We won an important toss. The wicket was slow and we played well. Imran in the middle overs is a handful if he is bowling to five and six, so early strikes are very useful for us. Imran has been my biggest weapon over the years. He is so hard to face when he is bowling to new batters and that makes the wickets with the new ball even more important. QDK is a class batsman, he makes the flow of batting very easy.”
Therefore, Captain Faf du Plessis lead from the front and South Africa returned through the ODI. Hope the visitors will flash like the test series.