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Sunday, 3 March 2019

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in first ODI 2019

South African captain du Plessis hit an unbeaten 112 runs (not out) Against Sri lanka in 1st ODI.
The host team south africa won the toss at the Wanderers Stadium, asked Sri Lanka to bat and bowled them out for 231, a total South Africa overtook with more than 11 overs to spare. South African Captain Faf Du Plessis made 112 not out as South Africa cruised to victory  and then praised veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir for ensuring South Africa chased a modest total.

Tahir took 3 for 26 run in 10 overs as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 231 (47 Ovr) after being sent in on a good batting pitch. He twice broke partnerships that threatened to take Sri Lanka to a challenging total. “He is probably my biggest weapon as a captain over the years,” Faf Du Plessis said of Tahir.
But the captain added that early strikes by Lungi Ngidi, playing in his 1st ODI match since suffering a knee injury in November 2018, had also been important.
“Imran Tahir bowled brilliantly in the middle overs today but it is really important to get wickets with the new ball,” said South African Captain Faf Du Plessis.Lungi Ngidi took the first 2 wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 23 for 2.
Imran Tahir, who turns 40 later this month, was not included among Cricket South Africa’s contracted players, announced last week. But he showed he remains a key member of the country’s one-day bowling attack with an immaculate performance.
Imran Tahir ended a 3rd  wicket stand of 76 between Kusal Perera (33) and Oshada Fernando (49 of 49 ball) when he had the left-handed Perera caught behind off a googly during a first spell of one for 18 in 7 overs.
Kusal Mendis, who top-scored with 60 at 73 balls , added 94 for the fifth wicket with Dhananjaya de Silva (39 of 52 balls) before Imran Tahir dismissed both batsmen in the first 2 overs of his 2nd spell.
Sri Lankan captain Malinga rued the failure of his batsmen to capitalise on good starts.

Lasith Malinga Said that:“We lost wickets at crucial times,” he further said, pointing out that on both occasions when a promising partnership was broken the other ‘in’ batsman had been dismissed almost immediately.
Oshada Fernando, making his one-day international debut was run out after making 49 runs at 49 balls one short of a half-century in Tahir’s next over after Perera’s dismissal.
Reeza Hendricks was caught behind off Vishwa Fernando in the 2nd  over of South Africa’s innings but Quinton de Kock (wk) and Faf Du Plessis both batted aggressively against the new ball.

Scoring freely
Du Plessis hit 3 successive 4’s off Thisara Perera and had raced to 32 in the 8th over when he was dropped, with Lakshan Sandakan putting down a relatively straightforward chance at short 3rd man.
Quinton De Kock (wk) and Du Plessis were briefly slowed when Sri Lanka’s spinners came on but were soon scoring freely again in a 2nd wicket partnership of 136 off 129 balls before Quinton De Kock (wk) was leg before wicket to off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for 81 runs off 72 balls with 11 fours.
“Quinny is a big player,” said SA Captain Faf Du Plessis. “He puts bowlers under real pressure.”
Faf Du Plessis went on to his 11th ODI century and finished with 112 not out off 114 balls, with 15 fours and a six. He and Rassie van der Dussen (32 not out) took South Africa to victory with an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 82 off 96 balls.

South African Captain Faf Du Plessis was named man of the match.

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