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Rabada, Shamsi set up South Africa’s five-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Last Modified Sunday, 29 July 2018 (17:10 IST)
Dambulla, Sri Lanka: Fast bowlers and spinner picked up four wickets each to set up South Africa’s five-wicket victory against in the first one-day international at Dambulla on Sunday.
 
Rabada, who took 4-41, inflicted the early damage while left-arm spinner Shamsi provided the late breakthroughs with his 4-33 as bundled out Sri Lanka for 193 under 35 overs after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat.
 
Off-spinner picked up two early wickets to give Sri Lanka hope but the touring side, who were mauled 2-0 in the test series, recovered to reach the target in 31 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
 
Opener and captain hit identical 47s to steady South Africa’s chase during a 86-run stand for the third wicket before the wicketkeeper-batsman became Dananjaya’s third victim.
 
It was left to to take South Africa home with an unbeaten 53 off 32 deliveries.
 
Earlier, hit a 72-ball 81 to provide some respectability to Sri Lanka’s innings after the hosts were reduced to 36-5 in the face of a devastating opening spell from Rabada.
 
Kusal and Thisara Perera, who made 49, added 92 for the sixth wicket during a counter-attacking partnership before Shamsi separated them by dismissing the latter, caught behind to wicketkeeper de Kock.
 
Shamsi also dismissed Kusal, who was out caught trying to play a reverse sweep, after an entertaining innings that included 11 fours and a six.
 
The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.
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