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Elgar, de Kock rescue South Africa after top-order collapse

Dean Elgar in action during day one of Cape Town Test
Dean Elgar in action during day one of Cape Town Test

South Africa 297-6 (Elgar 129) v Sri Lanka
Second Test, Cape Town, day one

After the Sri Lankan pacers made the best use of the early Cape Town pitch, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock rescued South Africa and ensured they ended the day at 297 for six in the first innings of the second Test.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first. Stephen Cook (0) could not replicate his form from the previous game as he was caught behind in the first over bowled by Suranga Lakmal (2-69).

Hashim Amla (29) and Elgar (129) joined forces and the duo added 66 runs for the second wicket. However, Lahiru Kumara (3-86) produced a brilliant two-wicket 23rd over where he removed both Amla and JP Duminy (0).

South Africa went into lunch at 69 for three.

Boundaries started to come little bit freely in the second session and Elgar completed his half-century in the 33rd over. Elgar and Faf du Plessis (38) brought their 50-run stand off 111 deliveries and the Proteas captain had a reprieve when he was dropped by Upul Tharanga in the 48th over bowled by Rangana Herath (1-34).

However, the veteran spinner got his revenge when du Plessis edged one to the slip four overs later. Temba Bavuma (10) failed to carry on as he became Kumara's third wicket when he pulled to deep square leg. South Africa were 169 for five at that stage.

Elgar completed his century with a boundary in the 69th over and he had the support of de Kock (68 not out). The duo's 50-run stand came in 66 deliveries.

Even though, Sri Lanka manage to dismiss Elgar in the 85th over and ended his 93-run stand with de Kock, the South African wicket-keeper batsman went on to complete a 61-ball 50 and took Proteas to 297 for six in the 90 overs of play.

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