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Kusal Perera helps Sri Lanka post 193 in first ODI after South Africa bowlers hit the mark

Sri Lanka bowled out inside 35 overs as Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi pick up four wickets each

Sudhir Gupta 2018/07/29

Sri Lanka struggled to post 193 in the first ODI against South Africa in Dambulla on Sunday after South African bowlers found their rhythm following a disappointing Test series.

Kusal Perera hit an enterprising 81 while all-rounder Thisara Perera made 49 to rescue the Sri Lankan innings, which was tottering at 36-5.

Pace ace Kagiso Rabada rattled the top order and finished with superb figures of 4-41 while left arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi picked up 4-33 as Sri Lanka were bowled out in just 34.3 overs.

It was not the kind of effort Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wanted after he decided to bat first after winning the toss. The Islanders, who won swept the Test series 2-0, were looking at getting their team combination right for next year’s World Cup.

“We have the (2019) World Cup at the back of the mind for sure, so we’ll try a few combinations,” Mathews was quoted as saying by AFP at the toss. “We’re good to go and I’m looking forward to it.”

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