Sri Lanka has set South Africa a target of 301 for victory in the first one-day international in Colombo.
The hosts who won the toss, posted 300 for the loss of nine wickets in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to opening batsman Avishka Fernando who scored 118 off 115 deliveries, hitting 10 fours and two sixes.
He was involved in two crucial partnerships of 79 runs for the third wickets with Dhananjaya de Silva who made 44 and 97 runs for the fourth wicket with Charith Asalanka.
Asalanka contributed 77 runs off 62 deliveries. Keshav Maharaj was the Proteas’ most successful bowler. He took two for 30 in his 10 overs.