South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2018, Five Match ODI Series, First ODI, Sri Lanka vs South Africa – South Africa won by 5 wickets
After putting on a great performance in the two match Test series, Sri Lanka did not show the same intent in the first ODI in Dambulla. South Africa defeated Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the five match series by 5 wickets to take a 1 – 0 lead. Here are the statistical highlights from this game.
114 – Number of deliveries left in South Africa’s innings after they complete their 5 wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the five match series. This is the fifth biggest win (in terms of balls remaining) for South Africa against Sri Lanka in ODIs. A win by ‘192 balls to spare’ in the 2015 World Cup is South Africa’s best victory against Sri Lanka in this format.
5 for 36 – Sri Lanka lost their first five wickets for just 36 runs on the board. This is the fourth time Sri Lanka lost their first five wickets for less than 40 runs against South Africa. The other three instances – 5 for 9 in 2012, 5 for 30 in 2002, 5 for 31 in 1999.
3 – Number of scores of 40s for Faf du Plessis in the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka – 49 in the first Test match, 48 in the second Test match and 47 in the first ODI. This is the first time Faf has three scores of 40s (across all formats) in a single tour.
53* – South Africa’s middle order batsman Jean Paul Duminy scored an unbeaten half century in the first ODI. This is his second half century in this calendar year. He certainly found some form this year with the bat as he did not score a single half century in ODIs last year.
4/33 – South African wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi picked up a four wicket haul in the Dambulla ODI. These are his best bowling figures in this format and is also his first four-for in this format. His previous best bowling figures in ODIs were 3/36, which he picked up against Australia in 2016.
92 – Partnership shared by Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera for the sixth wicket. This is Sri Lanka’s third best partnership for the sixth wicket against South Africa in ODIs. 97 runs between Russell Arnold and Tilakaratne Dilshan in 2007 is Sri Lanka’s highest sixth wicket stand against South Africa.
74 – Number of runs scored in the 8 overs Lakshan Sandakan bowled in this ODI. This is the most he conceded in a single ODI. He conceded 73 runs against Zimbabwe in 2017, his previous most in this format.
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