Pitch report: “Overcast conditions, but not clammy,” says Aamir Sohail. As expected, he says “good news for spinners” since the surface is abrasive, but believes there are runs available for the batters who apply themselves.
SL vs SA 1st ODI Highlights today Thursday, 9-2-2021 – ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, 1st ODI (D/N), South Africa tour of Sri Lanka from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
SL won the toss and chose to bat.
Two spinners for South Africa as expected, but Sri Lanka are playing three. Left-arm orthodox spinner Praveen Jayawickrama keeps his place after the three-for against India in June.
Dasun Shanaka: “We want to bat since we can get runs early. There will be turn as the pitch progresses. The preparation was really good. We had a local tournament before the series so the boys are fit to play. Dinesh Chandimal not playing this game.”
Temba Bavuma: “We wanted to bat first too, to put scoreboard pressure in the first game. But now we need to restrict them to a low total. We’ve dealt with our issues as well as we can.”
Sri Lanka team: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama.
South Africa team: Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje.
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpires – Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match number – ODI no. 4314
Post Match Presentation.
Avishka Fernando is the Player of the Match. [Translated from Sinhalese by Roshan Abeysinghe:] “I was determined to score runs. I wasn’t too pleased with my start but I was pleased with how the innings went later on.” He also said he was pleased with how he pitch played.
Keshav Maharaj: Temba is going for a scan, we’ll know tomorrow how it goes. He’s a fighter, I’m sure he’ll be fine. We made some mistakes here and there, but a lot of positives. We tried to stay in the chase as long as possible. I tried to hit my areas and tried to be as consistent as possible, tried to read the batter and where they wanted to score off me, and luckily that came off. We had very good preparation. I thought the batters did really well. The turning point was Temba’s injury because he and Aiden were going really well until then,m but credit to Sri Lanka’s bowlers for holding their nerve.”
Dasun Shanaka: “It was a very good win. In the end, they really came into the game, but our bowlers pulled it back. We started really well, Minod and Avishka, then DDS and Charith Asalanka did really well. It was about the consistency, and the plan was to keep wickets in hand until the 40th over. We kept the momentum going really well. It was turning a bit in the first innings, but it didn’t when we bowled. The spinners bowled in good areas, and they will come back strongly in the next game. It’s always hard to chase on this wicket, and 300 is a really good total, so there was no nervous feeling for us.”