Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis fall in quick succession as South Africa are three down. Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field first against South Africa at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Both the teams will look to put their best foot forwards and gear up for the all-important ICC World Cup 2019, which starts May 30.
Dussen on the attack
Rassie van der Dussen takes the attack to Jeevan Mendis and he hits him for a six and four to break the shackles a bit. 13 runs came from the over from Medis as then Proteas look to get over the quick dismissals of Amla and du Plessis.
SA captain falls
In trying to hit a six too many, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis is caught out at the long-off region by Suranga Lakmal off Dhananjaya de Silva. The Proteas have lost two wickets in quick succession as David Miller now joins Rassie van der Dussen in the middle.
Jeevan Mendis foxes Hashim Amla with a wrong one and it crashes into his stumps. Amla departs for 65 and he becomes the second South African batsman to head back into the hut. Rassie van der Dussen comes out to bat now.
SA skipper goes berserk
After a slow start, Faf du Plesssi is dealing in boundaries now and Jeffrey Vandersay feels the brunt of it. He started the over with a boundary and then hit two sixes subsequently to make 18 runs from the over. South Africa have been scoring runs at 7 RPO at the moment.
Du Plessis goes past 50
Faf du Plessis too goes past the fifty-run mark and he completes his half-century off 53 deliveries. He hits back to back boundaries off Jeevan Mendis to complete his half-century. The South African skipper has hit 5 boundaries and one huge six in his innings thus far.
Fifty for Amla
Hashim Amla starts off his sojourn in UK with a 49-ball fifty against Sri Lanka here in Cardiff. South Africa have been put in a good position because of this partnership between Amla and du Plessis. So far Amla has hit 9 boundaries and will look to continue the same in the coming overs.
Injury concern for SL
Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando has been taken off the field on a stretcher after he rolled his ankle while fielding at the point region. He ran towards the ball after du Plessis hit the ball towards him but ended up slipping on the grass. It doesn’t look good for the Sri Lankan as he seems to be in so much pain.
SA cross 100
Faf du Plessis finally gets into the act and he hits Thisara Perera for a huge six down the ground for the team’s first maximum of the day. He then follows it up with a boundary and with that, the Proteas have crossed the 100-run mark in the 17th over.
Good over from Udana
Isuru Uadana bowls a good over and concedes just three singles off it. In three overs, Udana has given away just 17 runs and has kept things tight for the Islander. With du Plessis not scoring freely, Udana has made the most of it as well.
Amla nears fifty
Thisara Perera bowls a bit wide and Hashim Amla hits the ball towards extra cover for a boundary. The seventh four of the innings for Amla as he is going all guns blazing towards his half-century. 11 runs off the over from Thisara Perea.
While Hashim Amla has been scoring at a strike rate of 100 (39 off 39), Du Plessis is taking his time and has scored just 13 runs off 25 deliveries and his SR reads 52. Amla has looked really positive and that bodes well for the Proteas.
First four for du Plessis
Pradeep drops the ball short and du Plessis pulls it behind the square fielder for a boundary. First four of the innings for the South African and that will give him immense confidence. After 10 overs, South Africa have score 63 runs and have lost the wicket of Aiden Markram only.
Amla going strong
Markram may have fallen but Amla is keeping things steady on the other end and he has looked really good early in the match. Meanwhile, Faf du Plessis will also look to get some runs under his belt before the World Cup gets underway.
Suranga Lakmal has provided the first breakthrough of the day to Sri Lanka as he gets rid of Aiden Markram for 21. The right-hander edges the ball into the hands of the wicket-keeper as South Africa lose their first wicket. Faf du Plessis now comes out to join Hashim Amla in the middle.
Markram gets into the act
Aiden markram now takes the attack to Nuwan Pradeen and he hits him for a couple of boundaries in the over. The Sri Lankan bowlers are struggling with line and length at the moment and South African batsmen are taking them to the task with great ease.