Sri Lanka pull back things after solid South Africa start

Suranga Lakmal picked four wickets on the opening day
Suranga Lakmal picked four wickets on the opening day
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South Africa 267-6 (Duminy 63) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Port Elizabeth, day one
Scorecard

Suranga Lakmal picked a four-wicket haul as he dented South Africa's momentum and restricted them to 267 for six at stumps on day one of the first Test in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. After a cautious first three overs, Stephen Cook (59) scored two boundaries in the fourth.

Dean Elgar (45) too looked solid at the other end as Cook brought the 50-run opening stand with a boundary in the 18th over.

Both the openers went through the first session without any damage and also posted 86 runs on the board with Cook completing his second Test fifty in the final over before lunch.

The start of the second session saw the pair complete the 100-run opening stand and the platform was laid for a big first innings total.

Lakmal (4-62) provided the breakthrough for Sri Lanka when he had Cook caught behind and four overs later he also had Elgar in a similar fashion to leave the Proteas at 105 for two.

Hashim Amla (20) took 23 deliveries to get off the mark while JP Duminy (63) looked in good flow at the other end. The left-hander scored was dealing in boundaries and scored eight of them in his first 23 deliveries.

Both Amla and Duminy brought the 50-run stand off 69 deliveries with the latter being the major contributor and South Africa went into tea at 174 for two.

The third over of the final session saw Lakmal claim his third wicket when Amla edged one to the keeper but Duminy completed his fifty off 73 deliveries.

However, it was Sri Lanka, who dominated the second session as Rangana Herath (2-48) removed both Duminy and Temba Bavuma (3).

Duminy used a review after he was given out LBW but went in vain while in Bavuma's case Sri Lanka employed the DRS to overturn the umpire's decision.

Lakmal capped off a fantastic day for him with his fourth scalp when skipper Faf du Plessis (37) edged to the first slip as South Africa ended the day at 267 for six.

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