South Africa A tour of Sri Lanka began today with the first one-day clash taking place between the two sides at the Pallekele Stadium where the tourists got the upper hand thanks to a radiant knock from the highly exciting 20-year-old Dewald Brevis who is widely known as Baby AB.
Sri Lanka A skipper Nipun Dhananjaya who won the toss decided to bat first as Nishan Madushka and Lasith Croospulle walked out to begin the innings for the hosts. South Africa A bowlers had a good start to the game after losing the toss as the home team lost 3 wickets inside the first 10 overs.
Sri Lanka A found some stability when Madushka and Sahan Arachchige put together a 57-run stand for the 4th wicket. Madushka who had a dream test debut in April continued that good form in the white ball format as he made 68 off 82 deliveries which included 8 fours. When Madushka departed Sri Lanka A were 119 for 5 in 26.1 overs.
With half the side back in the pavilion and over 20 overs remaining, Ashen Bandara and Janith Liyanage had a big job on their hands as the hosts needed a sizable partnership to pose any sort of threat. Fortunately for Sri Lanka A, Bandara and Liyanage did exactly what was needed from them as the pair compiled 73 runs for the 6th wicket. Bandara scored a decent 41 but fell short of the half-century by 9 runs. Liyanage then combined with Dunith Wellalage to add 44 more runs for the 7th wicket. And Sri Lanka somehow managed to end up with 264 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs.
Janith Liyanage who came out to bat at a tricky situation was the star with the bat for Sri Lanka as he was unbeaten on 76 after facing 79 balls. His knock included 7 fours and a solitary six. Proteas international cap Lutho Sipamla was the pick of the bowlers of South Africa A taking 3 for 33.
Chasing 265 to win, the visitors lost one of their openers early but skipper Tony de Zorzi and Keegan Petersen showed good intent in their partnership of 65 for the 2nd wicket in just 60 balls. But after that South Africa A failed to put together effective partnerships as they lost 4 wickets in the space of 34 runs.
Just like the Sri Lankan innings, it’s fair to say South Africa A found their mojo after the loss of the 5th wicket. Brevis and Sinethemba Qeshile settled the ship a bit for the visitors adding 51 runs for the 6th wicket. With South Africa A needing 113 runs to win and just 4 more wickets remaining, it looked like the hosts had the game in their bag but what followed was a pure exhibition of high-class batting from the prodigy of South African cricket.
Brevis took apart the entire Sri Lankan bowling line-up with ease as he partnered up with Beyers Swanepoel to add 113 runs for the 7th wicket in just 67 deliveries as they reached home with 4 wickets and 53 deliveries to spare. Swanepoel, who assisted Brevis exceptionally, made an unbeaten 43 off 28 balls. Brevis finished the game just 2 short of a well-deserved List-A century as he was on 98 from just 71 balls when they crossed the finish line. Brevis’ knock of 98 included 6 fours and 7 sixes.
For Sri Lanka Dilshan Madushanka and Lakshan Sandakan both took 2 wickets each but went for too many runs. With this win the visitors have taken the early lead in the 3-match series. The 2nd One day encounter between the two sides will take place on the 06th(Tuesday) at the same venue.
Sri Lanka A :- 264/8 (50)
Janith Liayange 76*(79), Nishan Madushka 68(82), Ashen Bandara 41(51) Lutho Sipamla 3/33, Dewald Brevis 1/40, Lizaad Williams 1/43
South Africa A :- 268/6 (41.1)
Dewald Brevis 98*(71), Beyers Swanepoel 43*(28), Keegan Petersen 42(39) Dilshan Madushanka 2/44, Lakshan Sandakan 2/69, Sahan Arachchige 1/45
|Nishan Madushka||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Tshepo Moreki||68||82||8||0||82.93|
|Lasith Croospulle||c Sinethemba Qeshile b Beyers Swanepoel||4||6||1||0||66.67|
|Nuwanidu Fernando||b Lizaad Williams||7||20||1||0||35.00|
|Nipun Dhananjaya||c Jordan Hermann b Lutho Sipamla||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Sahan Arachchige||c Beyers Swanepoel b Lutho Sipamla||22||32||1||0||68.75|
|Ashen Bandara||c Keegan Petersen b Dewald Brevis||41||51||3||0||80.39|
|Janith Liyanage||not out||76||79||7||1||96.20|
|Dunith Wellalage||c Matthew Breetzke b Lutho Sipamla||15||17||1||0||88.24|
|Lakshan Sandakan||run out (Keegan Petersen)||4||5||0||0||80.00|
|Pramod Madushan||not out||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|Extras||18 (b 0 , lb 6 , nb 2, w 10, pen 0)|
|Total||264/8 (50 Overs, RR: 5.28)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-6 (1.3) Lasith Croospulle, 2-14 (6.6) Nuwanidu Fernando, 3-39 (9.2) Nipun Dhananjaya, 4-96 (20.4) Sahan Arachchige, 5-119 (26.1) Nishan Madushka, 6-192 (39.3) Ashen Bandara, 7-236 (46.1) Dunith Wellalage, 8-241 (47.1) Lakshan Sandakan,|
|Jordan Hermann||c Janith Liyanage b Dilshan Madushanka||0||13||0||0||0.00|
|Tony de Zorzi||st Nishan Madushka b Dunith Wellalage||35||43||5||0||81.40|
|Keegan Petersen||b Lakshan Sandakan||42||39||4||1||107.69|
|Matthew Breetzke||lbw b Lakshan Sandakan||14||12||2||0||116.67|
|Senuran Muthusamy||c Dunith Wellalage b Sahan Arachchige||9||11||1||0||81.82|
|Sinethemba Qeshile||b Dilshan Madushanka||22||32||1||0||68.75|
|Dewald Brevis||not out||98||71||6||7||138.03|
|Beyers Swanepoel||not out||43||28||5||1||153.57|
|Extras||5 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 2, w 2, pen 0)|
|Total||268/6 (41.1 Overs, RR: 6.51)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-5 (3.4) Jordan Hermann, 2-70 (13.4) Tony de Zorzi, 3-87 (16.4) Matthew Breetzke, 4-104 (18.6) Keegan Petersen, 5-104 (19.2) Senuran Muthusamy, 6-155 (29.6) Sinethemba Qeshile,|