South Africa bowl against Sri Lanka

South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Lokesh Rahul. (Reuters pic)

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Captain Faf du Plessis said there could be some early life in the pitch because of a 10 am start in a day game. He expected the pitch likely to “flatten out” later.

The South African team included only four of the players beaten in a Test series last month.

“There is a freshness and energy about this group,” said Du Plessis.

All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was missing because of a hand injury. Fast bowler Anrich Nortje was selected to make his international debut.

Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga said he was happy to bat first.

“We are playing two spinners. It (the pitch) is a bit dry so it may help in the second half.”

Batsman Oshada Fernando, who made his Test debut in the recent series against South Africa, was set to play in his first one-day international. Six of the team played in the Test matches.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Vishwa Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan.

Umpires: Bongani Jele (RSA), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIN)