Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 14 runs in the first ODI in Colombo to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Playing first, Sri Lanka scored 300/9 in the stipulated 50 overs thanks to a century from Avishka Fernando.
In reply, South Africa could only make a score of 286/6 after playing full overs.
Let us put on the records made in the match.
This was the first ODI
Playing first after winning the toss, Fernando scored the third century of his ODI career from Sri Lanka. Apart from them, Charit Aslanka (72) and Dhananjay de Silva (44) also played important innings to take the team to a good score. Keshav Maharaj took two wickets for 30 runs for South Africa.
In reply, South Africa could not achieve the target despite half-centuries from Aiden Markram (96) and Russi van der Dussen (59).
Avishka Fernando scored third century
Opener Fernando along with Minod Bhanuka got the Sri Lankan team off to a good start. Together they added 57 runs for the first wicket.
Fernando scored 118 runs in 115 balls with the help of 10 fours. He also hit two sixes in his century innings. This is his first century against South Africa and second at home.
Fernando, who was batting well, got out on the ball of Tabrez Shamsi.
Aiden Markram missed a century
Chasing the target, Aiden Markram completed the ninth half-century of his ODI career. He scored 49 runs for the first wicket with Sweetheart Malan (23).
Markram, who was batting well, missed a century and was dismissed for 96 runs in 90 balls. He hit five fours and four sixes in his innings.
At the same time, Russi van der Dussen (59) also played a half-century.
Such was the performance of Sri Lankan bowlers
Akila Dhananjay took two wickets for 65 runs in his 10 overs. While Praveen Jayavikrama took one wicket at an economy rate of 4.7.
Apart from these, Wanindu Hasaranga took one wicket for 52 runs in his 10 overs. Hasranga also did a maiden over. At the same time, a wicket also came from Karunaratne’s part.
At the same time, captain Shanaka bowled two overs and could not take any wicket.