New Delhi. Sri Lanka beat South Africa (Sri Lanka vs South Africa) by 14 runs in a close match in the first ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 30,000 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Opener Abishka Fernando scored 11 runs for the hosts. Apart from him, Charita Asalanka uted2 and Dhananjay de Silva contributed 44 runs. Chasing the target, the African team lost six wickets and could score only 286 runs.
Janeman Malan and Aiden Markram made great starts in South Africa. Both batsmen added runs for the first wicket. Malan Vanindu fell victim to Hasranga with a personal score of 23 runs. After that, captain Temba Babuma and Aiden Markram put on 117 for the second wicket. The second wicket of the visiting team fell for 166 runs and Markram missed the century by just 4 runs. Markaram played a five-run innings off balls0 with five fours and four sixes. In addition to him, Rossi van der Dussen scored 59, captain Temba Bavuma 38 and Heinrich Klaassen scored. Akila Dhananjay took 2 wickets for ila5 for Sri Lanka.
Earlier, young Sri Lankan batsmen Minod Vanuka (227) and Abhishek Fernando added 5 runs for the first wicket. Fernando scored the third century of his ODI career. The batsman hit 118 off 115 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. Fernando put on a run-scoring partnership with De Silva for the third wicket and a 97-run stand with Asalanka for the fourth wicket.
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Keshab Maharaj took two wickets for 30 runs while bowling economically for South Africa. At the same time, Rabada was able to take two wickets for 66 runs in 9 overs. Tabrez Shamsi and Aiden Markram took 1-1 wickets.
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