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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 1st ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Date & Time: 29 July 2018

South Africa 196/5 (31 Ovs) RR: 6.32 | South Africa won by 5 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Hashim Amla bowled Dananjayabowled Dananjaya191430
Quinton de Kock c Lakmal & b Dananjayac Lakmal & b Dananjaya475941
Aiden Markram lbw Dananjayalbw Dananjaya0100
Faf du Plessis c Mathews & b Sandakanc Mathews & b Sandakan4756100
Jean-Paul Duminy Not OutNot Out533262
David Miller lbw Lakmallbw Lakmal101310
Willem Mulder Not OutNot Out141130
Andile Phehlukwayo dnbdnb0000
Kagiso Rabada dnbdnb0000
Tabraiz Shamsi dnbdnb0000
Lungi Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 1, w 5, nb 0)
Total 196 (5 Wkts, 31 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
31-1 (Hashim Amla,4.3), 31-2 (Aiden Markram,4.4), 117-3 (Quinton de Kock,20.4), 129-4 (Faf du Plessis,23.1), 172-5 (David Miller,27.6),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Akila Dananjaya10 0 50 3 5.00
Suranga Lakmal6 0 37 1 6.17
Shehan Jayasuriya4 0 23 0 5.75
Lahiru Kumara3 0 11 0 3.67
Lakshan Sandakan8 0 74 1 9.25
Upul Tharanga0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Perera0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0
Niroshan Dickwella0 0 0 0 0
Thisara Perera0 0 0 0 0


Done and dusted in the Tests but have risen like a phoenix in the One-dayers. South Africa have opened their account on the tour. And they combined dosages of pace and spin to do it. And not to forget some counter-attacking batsmanship that helped them track the total down with elan. In the fun company of Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Sagar Chawla and Rishi Roy, this is Kumar Abhisekh Das waving you tada!

Faf du Plessis: Feels much better. The first 15 overs, there is an opportunity to get wickets with the seamers. My observation was that it stays the same throughout the day and there is a possibility to pick wickets with the new ball. The breeze was a big challenge. But luckily, we have had past experiences of playing when the wind was pumping. We remembered a few things from those days. In the Test series, we did not play well, but there's a new group of players here. The conditions will be a little closer in ODIs. All the batters tried to take risks against the spinners and tried to put pressure on them. Even some like JP coming in and taking risks to finish it off was great for us.

Angelo Mathews: Not the best day for us. We have four more games to bounce back. The way KJ Perera and Thisara batted gave us a lot of confidence. 250 plus would have been a good score. The South Africans bowled and batted well, credit to them. They have always got a good bowling line-up wherever they have played. We need to bat well especially with the new ball. Getting bowled out inside 34 overs was pretty disappointing. Had we batted those 16 overs, we would have got to 230-240. We will take the positives and move forward.

Tabraiz Shamsi, Man of the Match: Our fast bowlers were exceptional up front. They did a lot of damage at the top and that made it easier for the rest of the bowlers. The wind was a major factor. You have to see which angles and which lines to bowl. It was a part of the challenge as it is part and parcel of the game. This one did not spin much but youhave to give it your best shot no matter what kind of wicket is given to you. We have a lovely backroom staff as well who helped us.

Duminy: We have had some conversations over the last week, talking about being positive and follow a game plan, it all came well today. Today's mindset was to take them on from first ball, there were some demons around. We have learnt from the Tests, all our plans worked today which was nice to see. There was something in the wicket for the first 10-15 overs and KG was brilliant. We bowled the South African lengths, there was something in it for the seamers, it slowed up as the game progressed and there was a bit in it for the spinners as well. We had a poor Test series, so it was important to put up our best foot forward in the one-day series and we have done just that.

But after the lunch break, QDK and Faf took charge to keep the Lankan spinners at bay with positive batsmanship. Both got out before they got to fifties but Duminy 'swept' his way to a fifty. He applied a very simple formula - sweep anything slightly outside off and that worked wonders for the southpaw. South Africa have gone 1-0 up in the five match series and would wait to see what skipper Mathews has to say on it. Hang on!

At 36 for 5, it looked like Sri Lanka will be blown away. But then KJ Perera and Thisara Perera decided to fight fire with fire. They counter-attacked and were involved in a quickfire partnership for the 6th wicket, which served as the base for their meek total of 193. South Africa were torn apart by spin in the whites and it looked like another episode will unfold after Amla and Markram got out to successive balls off Dananjaya.

Sandakan to Duminy, FOUR, That is it! South Africa win this by 5 wickets with plenty of overs to spare. The run chase had Duminy as one of the protagonists. 26th fifty for the South African and he will take a lot of heart from this and so will South Africa.
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, 1 run, inside halves the ball away into the on-side. Two more now
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, no run, looks to cut and misses as the ball skidded on outside off
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, FOUR, goes for the reverse hack! He waited on it and reversed the ball away well past point for a four. Certainly has buried his performances with the ball in the back of his mind
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, no run, gets hold of the tossed up ball and drives it to the man at cover
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, lands it just outside off as it was flighted up and meets a slog sweep which finds the man at deep mid

Only a couple of shots and that will do. Duminy's innings has been so refreshing. Signs of things that South Africa won't be meek push-overs like they were in the whites.

Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, fuller length delivery and the batsman presents the full face of the bat to place it to mid-off
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, stays behind the length delivery and pats the ball down into the off-side
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, FOUR, on the pads, bad ball and has been clipped past the man at short mid for a four. Never tried to hit it hard as he just put bat to ball and it raced away
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and has been blocked from the crease into the off-side
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, knocked away into the short mid region and Willem Mulder never wanted a single. Duminy has to race back to his crease. 12 more needed
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, short ball and has been pulled away with a lot of control. Ensured he wristed the ball down and settled for a single as the man at deep square leg got to it
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, back to sweeping it in front of square and he finds success as he gets the boundary rider at deep square leg pretty busy. Hauled back
Sandakan to Duminy, no run, just lands outside off and the batsman got the length wrong as he inside edged the sweep. And the fact that he was trying to sweep it behind square did not help his cause either
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, 1 run, chips down the track and eases the full toss down to long-off
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, FOUR, a bad day at the office with the ball but a serene start with the bat. Loopy ball outside off and the batsman eased a cover drive between cover and mid-off for a four

Slip and FSL comes in for the new man. 19 more needed.

Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, again sees the landing of the ball is slightly outside off and goes for the sweep in front of square. The man at deep mid picks the ball up
Sandakan to Duminy, 2 runs, keeps it in line with the sticks and the batsman stayed back to tuck it away with soft hands to steal a couple. The man at deep mid had to come in by a long distance and before he did, the couple was taken

Lakshan Sandakan [6.0-0-55-1] is back into the attack

Willem Mulder, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Lakmal to Miller, out Lbw!! Another failure for Miller. That was a low dipping yorker and the batsman ended up missing it. He played across the line and missed it for the ball to crash on to his boot. The bowler went up and the umpire did not hesitate much to raise the finger. Miller reviewed it but umpire's call in impact meant the decision was upheld and he had to go. He had been dancing across his sticks and his balance was never there. This time the swerving in yorkerish delivery got the better of him. Miller lbw b Lakmal 10(13) [4s-1]

Lakmal to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Miller has been given out LBW here as a yorkerish delivery seemed to have landed on his boot as he missed the clip. That landed on the full and don't think there was any bat. UltraEdge does not show any speck. No bat! Was it in line with the sticks? Might be umpire's call. Is going to be very close. My intuition is hitting him just outside leg. The impact was umpire's call and is crashing into the sticks. South Africa lose Miller.

Lakmal to Miller, no run, goes across his sticks and push drives the ball away to mid-off. Managed to get behind the line of the ball this time
Lakmal to Miller, no run, tries to hop across the line of the ball and ends up getting beaten as he tried to tuck the ball away into the on-side. The ball slanted away and he missed the line
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, top-edged pull as the ball got big on him but it lands short of the man at deep square leg, who was charging at the ball. Landed well short in the end
Lakmal to Duminy, FOUR, short, wide, slashed, four.. He is in the zone. Anything that is slightly off the mark has been put away and this ball was no different. Too wide and the batsman opened his arms up

So, Mathews has finally, reluctantly, gone back to his seamer.

Lakmal to Miller, 1 run, looks to force the issue off the back foot and gets an inside edge that goes past the sticks for a single

Suranga Lakmal [4.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

Jayasuriya to Duminy, FOUR, he is sweeping apart all hopes of a Lankan comeback here. That again landed slightly outside off and the batsman was quick to latch on it. Knelt down and swept it to beat the fielder in the deep to his left this time. Only 28 now
Jayasuriya to Duminy, no run, punched off the back foot into the off-side as the ball arrowed in
Jayasuriya to Miller, 1 run, the ball angled in from round the wicket and the batsman aborted his instincts of slog sweeping it over mid-wicket. He settled for a push into the off-side and a single as a bargain
Jayasuriya to Miller, no run, slower and shorter, keeps low and has been tucked to mid-wicket
Jayasuriya to Duminy, 1 run, punched to the left of the man at cover point for a single as he again waited on the back foot
Jayasuriya to Duminy, no run, shortish ball, the batsman stays back and cuts to find the fielder at cover point
Jayasuriya to Duminy, wide, slips that down leg and the batsman misses the pull. Wided

Shehan Jayasuriya [3.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Only 35 now..JPD has come out all guns blazing. When put to test against Kuldeep and Chahal earlier, he flopped but not this time.

Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, again forward, bends down and pushes the ball away to steal a single
Sandakan to Miller, 1 run, waits on the back foot and nudges it away into the on-side for a single


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