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Parnell, Tahir wreck Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth ODI

Imran Tahir picked three wickets and conceded just 26 runs
Imran Tahir picked three wickets and conceded just 26 runs

South Africa 185-2 (Amla 57) beat
Sri Lanka 181 (Mendis 62) by eight wickets
First One-Day International in Port Elizabeth

A collective batting performance from South Africa helped them secure a comfortable eight-wicket win while chasing after three-wicket hauls from Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir dismissed Sri Lanka for 181 in the first One-Day International in Port Elizabeth.

Chasing a moderate total of 182, South Africa started the innings cautiously after scoring just 13 runs in the first five overs. Soon, Quinton de Kock (34) and Hashim Amla (57) stepped up the accelerator and brought the 50-run opening stand off 67 deliveries.

Amla went severe on Jeffrey Vandersay (0-51) plundering him for a six and two boundaries in the 13th over. The 71-run opening stand finally ended when Lakshan Sandakan (1-35) had him caught at cover.

Amla reached his 31st ODI fifty in the 20th over, needing 56 deliveries for it but was soon caught and bowled by Asela Gunaratne (1-19) six overs later but not before completing a 50-run stand with Faf du Plessis (55 not out).

AB de Villiers (30 not out) announced his arrival in the 50-over format with a six in the 29th over and South Africa needed just 29 runs in the final 20 overs.

Du Plessis sealed the victory with a boundary in the second ball of the 35th over which also brought his half-century. The win has taken them to a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Parnell (3-48) justified the decision when he dismissed both the Sri Lankan openers in his first two overs.

Kusal Mendis (62) counter-attacked the South African bowling as he smashed seven boundaries in the first powerplay at the end of which Sri Lanka were 37 for two. He brought the 50-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal (22) off 99 deliveries.

Tahir (3-26) provided the breakthrough when he castled Chandimal but Mendis went on to complete his fifty off 74 balls.

From there on, Dhananjaya de Silva (28) tried to help his team recover but with the wickets falling around, the visitors were dismissed for 181 in 48.3 overs.

Tahir was awarded the man of the match for his figures of 26 for three in the 10 overs.

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