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Sri Lanka Storm Back After Elgar Century

Dean Elgar reaches his century with a six
Dean Elgar reached his century with this shot for six
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AB de Villiers plays a shot in Galle
AB de Villiers fell to the final ball of the penultimate over as Sri Lanka fought back after tea
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South Africa 268-5 (Elgar 103) v Sri Lanka
First Test, Galle, day one

Sri Lanka took four wickets in the final session of the opening day of the first Test against South Africa in Galle to leave the match evenly poised after Dean Elgar had earlier reached his century with a six.

Team Line-Ups

Sri Lanka: Kaushal Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (+), Angelo Mathews (c), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga

South Africa: Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (c), AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (+), JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

Elgar's second Test century left South Africa well placed at 195 for two when he fell, but after losing the first two sessions, Sri Lanka dominated after tea.

A brace of wickets for Suranga Lakmal and one apiece for Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera ensured South Africa closed on 268 for five.

AB de Villiers fell from the final ball of the penultimate over, bowled by Lakmal, who finished the day with two for 29.

As expected, Quinton de Kock was given his second Test cap and the wicket-keeping gloves due to de VIlliers' hamstring problem as South Africa began a new era of Test cricket with Hashim Amla as captain strongly.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, recalled Upul Tharanga in place of Dimuth Karunaratne, with Lakmal and Perera coming into the side in place of Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep.

South Africa won the toss and made steady progress in the morning until Alviro Petersen (34) was trapped in front by Perera, and the right-hander was given out after reviewing the on-field call.

From 70 for one, Elgar (103 in 187 balls) and Faf du Plessis (80 in 196) put on 125 together for the second wicket, during the course of which Elgar reached his second Test century with a six.

However, he could go no further before edging Lakmal, enjoying a good return to the side followoing injury, to wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal.

That was the perfect start to the final session for Sri Lanka and they went from strength to strength as the day went on.

Amla's first knock as captain saw him make 11 in 36 balls before driving Herath straight to Perera at extra cover and South African disapointment was compounded when du Plessis followed soon after, brilliantly caught at short leg by Kaushal Silva off Perera.

De Villiers and de Kock aimed to steer the Proteas to stumps without further alarms but couldn't manage it, de Villiers driving at Lakmal, inside-edging onto his pads and then the stumps.

Dale Steyn then joined de Kock, unbeaten on 17, but did not have to face a ball.

Perera returned figures of two for 100 from 27 overs and Herath one for 95 from 37.

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