SL vs SA: The Proteas finally had a smile on their face after the first ODI where they defeated Sri Lanka quite convincingly by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match series. Unconventionally, this was the first win for South Africa in this series after losing the 2 match Test series 0-2. With South Africa coming out with a victory, they are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination and back their strengths. Their captain Faf du Plessis and Quint de Kock are in tremendous form. Bowler Imran Tahir already has claimed that he will retire soon, and the motivation to make his remaining time worthwhile will be extremely high.
Earlier in the day, it was the duo of Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir who worked in tandem to ruffle the batting line-up of the visitors. Both claimed 3 wickets each to incapacitate Sri Lanka and eventually they could only manage a total of 231 on the board. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were outclassed in every single department. They got bowled out of 231 runs in 47 overs and in reply were only able to take two wickets. The run-rate also didn’t favour them in both the innings, and the players will have to adapt to the conditions better, or else this series will end up being a whitewash.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Team News
- Sri Lanka could ring in some changes in their bowling department after the bowlers failed to make any impact whatsoever in the opening match.
- South Africa looks stable and will look to field in the same eleven.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Playing 11
Sri Lanka playing 11:
Wicket-keeper: Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen: Upul Tharanga, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera
All-rounders: Dhananajaya de Silva, Thisara Perera
Bowlers: Lasith Malinga (c), Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando (Doubt: Isuru Udana)
South Africa playing 11:
Wicket-keeper: Quinton de Kock(c)
Batsmen: Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (c)
All-rounders: Dwaine Pretorius, Willem Mulder (Doubt: Andile Phehlukwayo)
Bowlers: Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn (Doubt: Anrich Nortje)
Sri Lanka vs South Africa Squads –
South Africa – Faf du Plessis (c), Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Quinton de Kock (wk),Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen
Sri Lanka – Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Perera, Kusal Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Upul Tharanga, Isuru Udan