JOHANNESBURG – Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir struck three crucial blows for South Africa in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Tahir took three for 26 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 231 after being sent in on a good batting pitch.
Tahir, who turns 40 later this month, was not included among Cricket South Africa's contracted players, announced last week. But he showed he remains a key member of the country's one-day bowling attack, twice breaking promising Sri Lankan partnerships.
Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi, playing in his first international match since suffering a knee injury in November, took two early wickets before Kusal Perera (33) and Oshada Fernando (49) put on 76 off 78 balls for the third wicket.
Tahir was brought into the attack and had the left-handed Perera caught behind off a googly during a first spell of one for 18 in seven overs.