Sunday, 2 October, 2022

Tahir and Parnell set up handsome victory for SA

The confidence boost Sri Lanka gained from their T20 series victory did not carry over into the start of the one-day internationals as they were trounced by eight wickets in Port Elizabeth. A masterclass of limited-overs legspin by Imran Tahir snuffed out the middle order as they limped to 181 which proved a scant challenge for South Africa’s full-strength top order.


Tahir finished with 3 for 26, including the scalp of top-scorer Kusal Mendis for 62, and did not concede a boundary in his 10 overs. Wayne Parnell had made swift work of the openers, before a stand of 72 for the third wicket between Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal steadied the innings, although it was laborious progress against probing bowling from South Africa’s quartet of seamers.


An opening stand of 71 in 13 overs between Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, two of the senior South Africa players rested from the T20 series, broke the back of the chase and the target was knocked off with more than 15 overs to spare.


South Africa’s top order is daunting with all the big-guns back and it would have taken a remarkable effort from Sri Lanka to defend the total. Suranga Lakmal’s first ball took de Kock’s outside edge but the ball fell short of the slips and de Kock could have been run-out from mid-off on 21, however the way the opening pair imposed themselves on Sri Lanka’s wrist spinners - Jeffrey Vandersay and Lakshan Sandakan - showed their intent for a ruthless
performance.    — Cricinfo