South Africa have started off the ODI series well after a disappointing loss in the T20Is    Getty Images
South Africa have started off the ODI series well after a disappointing loss in the T20Is Getty Images

South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at St George s Park at Port Elizabeth. Sri Lanka folded for a mediocre score of 181 in the first innings as South Africa eased to a comfortable win in the series opener. Sri Lanka would have been high on confidence going into the series, having won the recently concluded T20 International (T20I) series, but South Africa were professional and did not give the visitors a sniff in the game. Sri Lanka will look to bounce back stronger in the second ODI at Durban and level the series. Here are some highlights from the first ODI. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Port Elizabeth

Wayne Parnell s first ball strikes: Along with Imran Tahir, Parnell picked up 3 wickets to dent Sri Lanka s progress with the bat. The most astonishing factor about Parnell s spell was his tendency to churn out wickets in the first delivery of a new over. He dismissed Niroshan Dickwella in his first ball of the match. He then got rid of debutant Sandun Weerakkody, again in the first ball of his next over. He came back in the death overs and got the big wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva, again coming off the first ball of his third spell. Parnell ensured that the over got off to the perfect start on three occasions. Full Cricket Score, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI at Port Elizabeth

Kusal Mendis-Dinesh Chandimal partnership: Mendis and Chandimal had a stiff ask in hand after their openers perished in quick succession. Nonetheless, they managed to steer the team for a brief period. They did not score at a brisk rate but applied themselves in the middle and negotiated a tough period. They put on 72 for the third wicket in close to 21 overs. Sadly for Sri Lanka, the rest of the batsmen did not cash in on the platform set by duo.

Imran Tahir s spell: Tahir was once again the pick of the South African bowlers. He changed the game on its head after getting the wicket of the well set batsmen in form of Chandimal and Mendis who made 62. He removed Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga for 6 to ensure the Sri Lankans folded for less than 200. Tahir tilted the match in South Africa s favour as the visitors could not bounce back courtesy his strikes.

Third umpire gets it wrong initially: In the final ball of the 35th over, there was mix-up between Dhananjaya de Siva and Asela Gunaratne. The ball was played to the deep and Gunaratne was eager to run for a second run. He was sent back by de Silva but Gunaratne failed to make his ground. The on-field umpire referred the decision to the third umpire. The replays suggested that Gunaratne was clearly shot of the crease but to the third umpire, Richard Illingworth, pressed the not out button initially. Gunaratne thought that he had survived a close call before the third umpire changed his folly soon. The big screen showed out which forced Gunaratne to make the long walk back to the pavilion.

South Africa s professional run chase: There were no twists and turns in the run chase. South Africa went about their business in a professional manner. Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock took their time initially and once they felt settled, they began the onslaught. The openers added 71 runs in 13 overs and thereby ensured a comfortable start to the modest chase. Amla lost de Kock but stitched a 60-run stand (in 76 balls) with Faf du Plessis for the second wicket. Skipper AB de Villiers, playing his first ODI since June 2016, made a breezy 30 along with Du Plessis (unbeaten on 55) to scrap an easy 8-wicket win for the hosts.