Wednesday 16 July 2014 

I Had To Find A Way - Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar hit 103 in 187 balls on day one in Galle
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South African batsman Dean Elgar said he had to 'find a way to get  through it' as he scored a century on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Elgar hit 103 in 187 balls, reaching his century with a six, before South Africa closed on 268 for five.

He said coming to terms with conditions following a cold winter in South Africa meant he was tested during his time at the crease.

"The heat is quite a factor," Elgar said.

"I have come from a cold South African winter and have been hit with a culture shock in 30 degree temperatures."

Elgar scored two centuries and 431 runs overall when South Africa 'A' toured Sri Lanka in 2010, and he drew on that experience during his innings.

"I have had experience in Sri Lanka before so I knew what to expect from the conditions.

"Towards the end it did get quite tough, and to make it tougher their bowlers also gave us nothing. I had to find a way to get through it."

He added 125 for the second wicket with Faf du Plessis, who he has now shared four century partnerships with.

"Faf and I get along really well, and on the field we seem to get on even better.

"We have had some good batting partnerships together, we know what we are about and what makes us tick.

"Luckily we communicate quite well out there," he added.

However, although Elgar's knock put South Africa in a strong position, they lost four wickets in the final session to leave the game evenly poised.

Elgar gives credit to Sri Lanka's bowlers but believes the Proteas have the firepower to still post a score in excess of 400.

"We would have loved to have been three down at stumps with the score we have," he said.

"There is still a lot of graft and we have batters in the shed. We have Quinny (de Kock), Koppe (Duminy), Vernon (Philander) and Dale (Steyn) to come, all these guys can score runs.

"We have to edge closer to that mark that we have spoken about. It's going to be hard work, it's going to be tougher tomorrow, especially with the wicket deteriorating."

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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)