Thursday 17 July 2014 

Day Three Will Be Crucial - Duminy

JP Duminy plays to leg
JP Duminy thinks day three will be crucial for both sides
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After scoring an unbeaten century on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, South African batsman JP Duminy says he believes day three will pivotal to the outcome of the game.

Duminy hit 100 not out in 206 balls to enable South Africa to declare on 455 for nine before Sri Lanka closed on 30 without loss in reply.

Duminy, whose fourth Test century included 10 boundaries, says that he expects the game to move along quickly on the final two days so the middle day is vitally important.

"It's going to be a lot of hard work," Duminy said.

"The wicket is pretty flat for the seamers, but there is a little bit there for the spinners.

"The game will probably speed up on day four and five so tomorrow is going to be a crucial day to set up those last two days."

Duminy had to work hard to build half-century partnerships with Vernon Philander (27) and Morne Morkel (22) to put South Africa in a strong position.

"The biggest challenge was the spinners," he said.

"Trying to marshal the partnership as best as possible, especially with Morne.

"Vernon and I have played together a long time so we sort of understand each other's games.

"Marshalling that partnership with Morne was crucial, and to see how he applied himself today was exceptional."

Duminy's century came with him batting at number seven and he said he was pleased to have reached three figures.

"It's always pleasing to get to three figures in these conditions," he said.

"I think understanding my role within the team is more crucial. Batting at seven and trying to marshal the lower order as best a possible has always been key for me.

"The hundred will come if I bat as long as possible, so I'm pretty pleased with getting the ton here today.

"There is still a lot of hard to be done, there might still be an opportunity for a job with the ball so there are still three big days to come."

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results
6th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
9th July: 2nd ODI, Pallekele
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
12th July: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108) beat
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
16th-20th July: 1st Test, Galle
South Africa 455-9 dec. & 206-6 dec. beat
Sri Lanka 292 & 216 (Sangakkara 76) by 153 runs
24th-28th July: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. drew with
South Africa 282 & 159-8 (Herath 5-40)