Dambulla: Tabraiz Shamsi and Kagiso Rabada took four-fers helps South Africa see off Sri Lanka by five wickets in opening one-day international at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday.
Rabada and Shamsi set things up, their four-wicket hauls helping bundle out Sri Lanka for 193 in just 34.3 overs.
Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock put on an 86-run stand to arrest a slide, each scoring 47, before JP Duminy scored a 32-ball 53* to help see the chase through.
They started the chase poorly, with Hashim Amla (11) dismissed within the first five overs, failing to pick a googly from Akila Dananjaya. The off-spinner didn't allow the new man, Aiden Markram, to add to the total, trapping him in front for nought.
But Du Plessis and de Kock put on an 86-run stand, and it increasingly seemed they would see the chase to its conclusion.
However, the stand was broken when de Kock (47 off 59) looked to go big off Suranga Lakmal, but managed just a top-edge that was taken at extra cover.
Faf (47 off 56) then followed suit just three overs later, caught in two minds, attempting to paddle and then lift inside-out a delivery from Lakshan Sandakan. He ended up edging it to first slip.
JP Duminy was unperturbed when David Miller (10) was sent back at the other end, and he soon brought up his half-century with an expertly carved four through point. It was also the winning runs for South Africa.
Earlier, Rabada ensured the tourists had that all-important good start, sending back Niroshan Dickwella (2) in the third ball of the innings. In his next over, he had Kusal Mendis (3) caught behind as well.
It got worse for the hosts. Upul Tharanga (10) was run out, Angelo Mathews (5), the captain, lasted just eight balls, and Shehan Jayasuriya was sent back for nought. Sri Lanka were reduced to 36/5, and it seemed the tables were well and truly turned after the Tests.
Luckily for Sri Lanka, the two Pereras, Kusal and Thisara, put on a 92-run stand that propped them up, and gave the hosts something to bowl at.
Thisara was the aggressor, scoring a 30-ball 49, and for a while there South Africa were made to chase leather across the Dambulla International Stadium, with the left-hand batsman hammering eight fours.