1st Test South Africa v Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka make good progress on Day 1
Sri Lanka made good progress on Day 1, of the 1st Test against South Africa, at Supersport Park, Centurion today, despite the loss of Dhananjaya de Silva, who retired injured on 79. The tourists finished the day on 340 – 6 (85)
Sri Lanka 340 – 6 (85)
South Africa Still to bat
Close of Play – Sri Lanka are 340 – 6
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Wanindu Hasaranga is bowled for 18 and Sri Lanka are 320/6.
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Dinesh Chandimal top scoring with 85, Dhananjaya de Silva 79 (retired injured) and 49 from Niroshan Dickwella all helped to give Sri Lanka a great platform to take into day two of the 1st Test.
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Dimuth Karunaratne - 4.5 ov), 2-54 (Kusal Mendis - 9.5 ov), 3-54 (Kusal Perera - 10.5 ov), 4-284 (Dinesh Chandimal - 65.4 ov), 5-296 (Niroshan Dickwella - 70.3 ov), 6-320 (Wanindu Hasaranga - 76.3 ov)
Early wickets and then some late ones helped the Proteas at least stay in touch with Sri Lanka on their return to Test cricket for the first time in 11 months on Saturday.
After a difficult year in which the coronavirus pandemic halted all sport, there was finally relief for South Africa’s cricketers when they faced the tourists on the opening day of the first Betway Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion where Wiaan Mulder’s three wickets helped prevent the opposition from complete dominance.
The all-rounder, playing his first Test match since debuting against the same opponents in Port Elizabeth in February 2019, claimed three for 68 in a disciplined performance as the Sri Lankans reached stumps on an impressive 340 for six.
They got there after a hugely impressive batting display by Dhananjaya de Silva (79 off 106 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) and Dinesh Chandimal (85 off 161 balls, 11 fours) – the pair sharing a fine 131-run fourth-wicket partnership that only ended after the former was injured.
There was also a handy 49 by Niroshan Dickwella that helped the islanders, shock 2-0 Test series winners on their previous visit to the country, make another positive start to the tour.
In the Proteas’ defence, they did name one of their most inexperienced pace bowling attacks since readmission to the international fold with just 12 caps between Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Mulder and debutant Lutho Sipamla.
After a slightly nervy start, the rookies did grab three early wickets in the form of away captain Dimuth Karunaratne (22), Kusal Mendis (12) and Kusal Perera (16).
Ngidi (1/54), Nortje (1/60) and Mulder were responsible for those wickets leaving the score on 54 for three in the 11th over.
But De Silva and Chandimal then dug in as they punished everything loose that was sent down by the home bowlers.
Their stand eventually ended when the former pulled up whilst completing a quick single – his injury forcing him to retire hurt.
But 99 then followed between Dickwella and Chandimal ensuring the Sri Lankans still had some good bite.
However, Mulder dismissed both of them during a much more disciplined spell for the hosts.
Sipamla (1/68) then bagged his first Test scalp when he bowled Wanindu Hasaranga (18) to change the picture slight and leave the South Africans in a much better position at the close.
South Africa - Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock(c)(wk), Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Start Time: 08:00
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion
Officials: Adrian Holdstock, Marais Erasmus, Allahudien Paleker, Bongani Jele, Andrew Pycroft
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