Imran Tahir finished with figures of 3 for 26 from his 10 overs    Getty Images
Imran Tahir finished with figures of 3 for 26 from his 10 overs Getty Images

Three wickets apiece from Imran Tahir and Wayne Parnell help South Africa restrict Sri Lanka for 181 in 48.3 overs, in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Port Elizabeth. Sri Lanka did not get off to a good start, as they lost their openers inside four overs. Niroshan Dickwella was the first to go; he was trapped leg-before by Wayne Parnell off the very first ball of his spell. He then removed debutant Sandun Weerakkody for 5 in his next over. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal got together and stitched together a 72-run stand, but it took them close to 21 overs to get there. It had, however, steadied the Sri Lankan innings, after they lost their openers in quick succession. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Port Elizabeth

Chandimal was foxed by a wrong one by Imran Tahir for a 55-ball 22. Mendis carried on and got to his half-century, but was soon dismissed leg-before by Tahir once again. Mendis took a review, but the third umpire stayed with the on-field umpire’s decision. Tahir was not done just yet, as he removed the stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga for just 6, caught at cover. Sri Lanka then lost Asela Gunaratne for 10, Nuwan Kulasekara for 17 (caught brilliantly by Quinton de Kock behind the wickets) and Jeffrey Vandersay for 8. Gunaratne was needlessly run out at the non-striker s end after there was a slight mix-up between de Silva and him. Suddenly, Sri Lanka had lost 9 wickets with 5 more overs to play. Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI at Port Elizabeth

Dhananjaya de Silva was the only mainstay batsman left for Sri Lanka at that stage. Hopes of Sri Lanka going past at least 200 were pinned on him. But in a bid to up the ante, he holed out in the deep for 28.

The last-wicket pair of Lakshan Sandakan and Suranga Lakmal had the task of playing the remaining 5 overs or so. They tried their best, but the South African bowlers proved to be too good, and they fell just short of batting out the full quota.

Earlier, South Africa had elected to field first. Skipper AB de Villiers perhaps wanted to make use of the wind that was going around the stadium, and his bowlers executed all the plans brilliantly.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 181 in 48.3 overs (Kusal Mendis 62, Dhananjaya de Silva 28; Wayne Parnell 3 for 48, Imran Tahir 3 for 26) vs South Africa

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