The first day of the first test between Sri Lanka and South Africa went in favour of the South Africans. After a series loss in the ODIs, the Lankans are desperate to make a mark but they have failed to put up some incredible performances in the first day of the first test at Galle. South Africa won the toss and their new skipper, Hashim Amla opted to bat first. It was a good toss to win as batting becomes difficult in the fourth innings here.
It was Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar who opened the innings for the South Africa. And it was Suranga Lakmal who opened the bowling for the Lankans. Both the batsmen, especially Elgar were looking solid at the crease and aimed at building a solid opening partnership. For the Lankans, the opening pair in Bowling in the likes of Lakmal and Eranga did not manage to trouble the batsmen initially and thus South Africa started taking control of the session. Finally, in the 17th over to the innings, the bowling all-rounder for Sri Lanka, Dilruwan Perera struck the opening breakthrough and Alviro Petersen was dismissed at a score of 30 runs. He was dismissed by a fantastic delivery in which Perera was cramped in the legs and was adjourned LBW. South Africa were thus 70 runs for the loss of a wicket. Then came in Faf Du Plessis for South Africa. He and Elgar managed to steady the innings and carried on with the momentum. Elgar was playing fabulously and he completed his fifty before the lunch. At Lunch, South Africa were 111 for the loss of a wicket.
After dominance in the first session, the South Africans looked forward to carry on with the momentum in the second session. They made the scoreboard moving but at a slow pace as compared to the first session. Infact none of the bowlers of Sri Lanka did not manage to bowl perfectly and their bowling exposed the lack of experience. Elgar carried on his innings perfectly and on the brink of tea break, Elgar completed his first ever test century. It was a well deserved one and also Du Plessis completed his half century. At tea, South Africa were 194 for the loss of the single wicket. 31 overs were played in the second session and South Africa scored 83 runs in the session without losing a wicket.
Sri Lanka needed to come back stronger in the final session of the day’s play and they managed to do that. Elgar was dismissed right after the start of the 3rd session and it was a welcome break for the Lankans. He was dismissed by Lakmal. Then the skipper, Hashim Amla came in but even he did not manage to stay for long. He was dismissed by Rangana Herath at a score of 11 runs and South Africa, after losing 2 wickets in quick succession looked in some spot of bother. But things worsened for them when Du Plessis was dismissed by Perera, while he tried to hit a ball. Du Plessis scored a total of 80 runs and he was dismissed in the 83rd over of the innings. Then AB De Villiers and Quinton De Kock were defending to complete the day’s play without losing further wickets. But to the sad luck of the Proteas, AB De Villiers was dismissed in the final ball of the day. He was bowled by Lakmal. Thus, as it stands, South Africa are poised at 268 runs for the loss of 5 wickets and the test is evenly poised now.
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