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Amla, Duminy century keep Sri Lanka at bay

Hashim Amla made his 100th Test appearance a memorable one
Hashim Amla made his 100th Test appearance a memorable one

South Africa 338-3 (Duminy 155) v Sri Lanka
Third Test, Johannesburg, day one

Centuries from JP Duminy and Hashim Amla staged a fantastic recovery for South Africa with a 293-run stand as the Proteas ended the first day of Johannesburg Test against Sri Lanka at 338 for three.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first with Duanne Olivier making his Test debut. A cautious start from the South African openers saw them score just 15 runs in the first 10 overs.

Dean Elgar (27) got going with a couple of boundaries in the 12th over and by the end of the first hour, South Africa scored 36 for naught.

Angelo Mathews (1-25) and Lahiru Kumara (2-79) struck in successive overs to remove both Stephen Cook (10) and Elgar respectively leaving South Africa reeling at 45 for two.

Amla (125 not out) came to bat on his 100th Test appearance but it was Duminy (155), who looked very positive at the other end smashing four boundaries in first 25 deliveries.

Amla had a reprieve when he was dropped by Kaushal Silva in the 25th over and South Africa went into lunch at 79 for two.

Duminy continued to score boundaries in the second session and reached his fifty off 62 deliveries while Amla was dropping anchor at the other end. The 100-run stand between the duo came off just 159 deliveries with Duminy being the major contributor with 63 runs.

Just at the stroke of tea, Amla brought his first fifty in 11 innings and South Africa completed the session strong at 193 for two.

The final session saw the duo upping the ante scoring 60 runs in the first nine overs and in the process also completed the 200-run stand. Duminy's century came off just 140 deliveries while Amla brought his own in 169 balls.

With just three overs to go for stumps, Kumara struck for the second time in the day and had Duminy caught in the second slip as South Africa reached 338 for three at stumps.

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