Proteas win toss, bowl in 1st ODI in PE

2017-01-28 09:33
AB de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

With a strong westerly wind blowing across the ground, South Africa captain AB de Villiers said he hoped to take advantage of possible early life in a pitch with patches of green grass.

Sri Lanka gave a first international cap to opening batsman Sandun Weerakkody and included leg-break bowler Jeffrey Vandersay, a late addition to their squad. 

Vandersay and Lahiru Kumara replaced Seekkuge Prasanna and Isuru Udana, although Kumara was not in Saturday's starting line-up.

South Africa were without fast bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a hip injury during the third and final T20 international in Cape Town on Wednesday.

All-rounder Chris Morris, recovered from an ankle injury, was included in the South Africa side for his first international match since last June.


South Africa

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

Sri Lanka

Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Sandun Weerakkody, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wkt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan

Umpires: Bongani Jele (RSA), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)

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