So that ends a pretty one-sided game in Port Elizabeth. One expected Sri Lanka to carry on from the momentum gained in the T20Is but South Africa were just too strong for them today, ironically on a pitch which suited the tourists more. The series now moves to Durban where the second ODI will be played under lights. Can the Lankans come back and level the series? Join us on Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 at 1330 local (1130 GMT). Adios! Take Care!
Man of the Match, Imran Tahir is very happy with the way he bowled today. Calls it a pleasing day for him and the team. Believes that he always wants to contribute, not take anything for granted. Playing every game for South Africa is an honour and he tries to give more than 200 percent. Informs that today is his wedding anniversary and his wife wanted him to take five wickets. He is happy to have taken three and getting the Man of the Match. Calls it tough bowling against the wind as it made it easier for the batsmen. Mentions that he just wanted to bowl to his field, somehow he managed to get the wickets using his variations. Opines that the most pleasing thing is that he did not go away from his plans. Credits the fast bowlers for starting well. Calls it an honor to do well for South Africa. Ends up saying that the celebrations are taking a lot of energy but it just shows how much it means to him and it is what keeps him going.
Victorious South African skipper, AB de Villiers, says that it was a good performance. The wicket was slow and low, which is actually suited to Sri Lanka but his team adjusted well. Credits the bowlers for setting up the win. Praises his new-ball bowlers for bowling with a lot of intensity and later, Imran Tahir, who controlled the game in the middle overs. On his captaincy on a windy day, he says that he felt that it was a bit windy but he used the experience he had gained while playing a game in Hambantota. Says that he has plenty of experience in the tank for ideas. On the field, he has Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. Feels that 180 was way below par. Had expected 250 to be difficult to chase down. Praises his openers for seeing off bowlers whom the team has not played much. Stresses that South Africa are up for it in the ODI series and expects Sri Lanka to come back hard in the second ODI, especially after they fared so well in the T20Is.
Sri Lanka skipper, Upul Tharanga starts off admitting that they did not begin well. Chandimal and Mendis had a partnership but they did not manage to come back after that start. Calls it a slow wicket and credits South African bowlers for hitting the right areas. Mentions that his spinners can come into the game if they have a score on board but opines that his spinners could not control the flow. Admits that they have a lot of areas to improve going ahead. Ends by saying that they will sit together and have a chat about the coming days.
It was the bowlers who set the game up for the hosts when they won the toss and inserted Sri Lanka. Wayne Parnell took out the Lankan openers early but Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal threatened to get the visitors back in the game. It was Imran Tahir, who broke the back of the innings with a tight spell of 3/26. It was a near perfect game for the hosts that gave them the 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
That's as clinical as it gets from South Africa! Chasing a score of 182, the South Africa openers got them off to good start with a 71-run stand. Sri Lankan bowlers could not use the new balls as they would have liked and the spinners lacked the bite and guile of Tahir to make an impact. Amla missed out on a big score, getting out on 57. Faf du Plessis then hit a fine fifty and he along with AB de Villiers completed the formalities as South Africa romped home with as many as 15.4 overs to spare with eight wickets in hand.
Kusal Mendis to Faf du Plessis
FOUR! There is the winning shot! Full and outside off, Faf gently opens the face of the bat and guides it past short third man for a boundary! A comprehensive 8-wicket win for the hosts with 94 balls to spare!
24th ODI fifty for Faf du Plessis!
Scores are level! Half century for the Test skipper as well. A good knock in an easy run chase. Landed outside off, worked through square leg for a couple.
Could be the final over of the match...
Asela Gunaratne to AB de Villiers
Landed outside off, de Villiers looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.
Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
MISFIELD, FOUR! Landed outside off, AB gently plays the reverse sweep and gets it through third man. Lakshan Sandakan gets across from short third man but does not dive, nor does he slide, just tries to stop it with both hands and misses. The ball goes through to the fence. AB moves to 30 from 26 balls with his third boundary.
Asela Gunaratne to Faf du Plessis
Landed outside off, tucked through square leg for one.
Full and outside off, worked through square leg for a run.
Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a single. 9 more needed from 101 balls now.
Kusal Mendis to AB de Villiers
FOUR! HANDSOME! Full and outside off, de Villiers stays leg side of the ball and drives it through the covers for a boundary! The stand moves to 41 from 43 balls.
Outside off, punched straight to cover.
Goes back and gently nudges it through fine leg. A fielder runs to his right from fine leg and slides near the boundary to stop the ball. Three runs taken.
Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a run.