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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led by example as he scored an unbeaten 112 to lead his side to an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Johannesburg.
Choosing to bowl first, South Africa only had to wait 10 balls to get their first breakthrough as Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella was caught and bowled by Lungi Ngidi for eight runs.
Ngidi struck again in his next over as he clean bowled Upul Tharanga for nine runs.
Kusal Perera and debutant Oshada Fernando stabilised the innings with a 76-run partnership before Kusal was caught behind off the bowling of Imran Tahir for 33.
Oshada went on to score 49 before he was run out by David Miller.
Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva steadied things with a 94-run partnership, during which Mendis brought up his half-century, before De Silva was stumped by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Tahir for 39.
Mendis went on to score 60, which came off 73 balls and included five boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Rassie van der Dussen at extra cover off the bowling of Tahir.
Once Mendis was gone, Sri Lanka completely collapsed as they went from 210/6 to being bowled out for 231.
Tahir and Ngidi picked up three wickets apiece, while Kagiso Rabada and debutant Anrich Nortje chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 232 to win, South Africa lost opener Reeza Hendricks early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando for one run.
De Kock and Du Plessis made up for the loss of Hendricks with a 136-run stand, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before De Kock was trapped lbw off the bowling of Akila Dananjaya for 81, which came off 72 balls and included 11 boundaries.
However, that was to be Sri Lanka’s last taste of success for the rest of the match as Du Plessis and Van der Dussen finished things off with an unbeaten 82-run partnership, during which Du Plessis registered his hundred.
Du Plessis ended up making 112, which came off 114 balls and included 15 boundaries and a six, while Van der Dussen remained undefeated on 32, which came off 43 deliveries and included two boundaries.
Vishwa and Dananjaya claimed one wicket each.
Du Plessis was named Man of the Match.