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Lankans on top in first SA Test

  • Published at 01:04 am December 27th, 2020
South Africa players raise their fists in protest at racism during the opening day of their Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at Centurion Park Saturday

Shanaka (25*) and Rajitha (7*) will resume on the second day

Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva scored fluent half-centuries as Sri Lanka took advantage of some lackluster South Africa bowling to post 340 for six at the close of day one of the first Test at Centurion Park Saturday.

Dasun Shanaka (25 not out) and Kasun Rajitha (seven not out) will resume on the second day having come through a difficult spell late in the evening session against the new ball, though South Africa aided them by not attacking the stumps enough.

The tourist won the toss and elected to bat, recovering from a poor start that was largely self-inflicted to seize the initiative on a wicket with plenty of bounce that is likely to become uneven as they Test goes on.

Chandimal’s bright innings of 85 came to an end when home seamer Wiaan Mulder (3/68) got the ball to leap spitefully off a length, clipping his glove and flying to Faf du Plessis in a second slip position.

He had put on 99 with Niroshan Dickwella, and was involved in a stand of 131 runs in just 34.1 overs with the excellent De Silva, who retired hurt on 79 from 105 balls having punished the home side’s inconsistent line.

De Silva was in complete control at the crease but suffered a hip injury as he jogged through for a comfortable single, dropping to the floor at the end of the run in obvious discomfort.

Sri Lanka have "all bases covered" ahead of a two-match Test series against South Africa, head coach Mickey Arthur said Monday.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Thursday, 24 December 2020

He will have a scan Saturday evening to assess the damage.

South Africa bowled poorly in the first hour, but still managed to reduce the visitor to 54 for three as Sri Lanka gave their wickets away with injudicious stroke-play.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne raced to 22 from 20 balls before he played the ball onto his own stumps off Lungi Ngidi (1/54), while Kusal Mendis tried to pull Anrich Nortje (1/60), but was beaten for pace and looped a catch to Ngidi at mid-on.

Kusal Perera then chased a ball that was far too wide from Mulder and was caught by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock for 16.

But Sri Lanka effectively added another 230 runs before losing another wicket when Chandimal fell, and Mulder then removed Dickwella for a well played 49, and seamer Lutho Sipamla (1/68) bowled fellow debutant Wanindu Hasaranga (18).

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