South Africa start afresh after drubbing in Test series against Sri Lanka

David Miller (40) for South Africa
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Batting first, South Africa got off to a horrid start as the wounds of the Test series came back to haunt them.

Quinton de Kock who has been struggling with his form for a while now was dismissed for a duck by Binura Fernando. Opener Hashim Amla (16) and Captain Faf du Plessis (71) then tried to add some runs but Amla fell soon.

 

With counter attacking knocks in the middle order by David Miller (40), Reeza Henriques (59) and all-rounder William Mulder (56), South Africa were able to pile-up a good score of 293. Ashita Fernando, P Jayasuriya and Nishan Peiris bagged two wickets each for Sri Lanka board president's XI.

 

The board president's XI reply promised a lot after opening Karunaratne slammed a breezy half-century and was part of good stand with No. 3 wicket keeper batsman de Silva (36).

 

However, it was all downhill for the president's XI from there on as their middle order collapsed with under-19 find William Mulder and chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi scalping three wickets each. Junior Dala also chipped in with a couple of wickets.

 

Despite Isuru Udana's half-century lower down the order, Sri Lanka board president's XI never looked in the game. As it was evident throughout their innings, the team bundled up for 230 in the 45th over to gift the Proteas a 63-run victory.

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