Elgar leads South Africa fightback

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- Reuters, CAPE TOWN

Jan 3, 2017-

An unbeaten 76 from opener Dean Elgar led a South Africa fightback as they reached 147-4 at tea on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.

Captain Faf du Plessis survived a dropped catch to contribute 38 to a 76-run partnership with Elgar as South Africa lost one wicket in the second session, having been 69-3 at lunch. Sri Lanka struggled to make further inroads with Du Plessis the only wicket to fall as he attempted an expansive drive to Rangana Herath’s left-arm spin and was caught at first slip by Angelo Mathews.

Elgar and Du Plessis had both played measured innings sprinkled with a few aggressive shots to revive the hosts after early problems. Du Plessis was dropped on 31 by Upul Tharanga off Herath but the veteran spinner got his man soon afterwards. Before lunch, teenage seamer Lahiru Kumara claimed two quick scalps, dismissing Hashim Amla and JP Duminy in the same over. Amla, continuing his indifferent form, was clean bowled for 29 and five balls later Duminy gloved a quick leg-side delivery to be caught after an acrobatic leap by keeper Kusal Mendis.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl on a green strip, making an immediate breakthrough before South Africa had scored a run with the fourth ball of the match. Stephen Cook, who scored a century and was named man of the match in the first test in Port Elizabeth, pushed at a rising delivery from Suranga Lakmal and got a faint edge to Mendis. The 21-year-old had taken over the gloves from Dinesh Chandimal, who is playing but was feeling unwell at the start of play.

Inconsistent bowling allowed Elgar and Amla to weather the next 21 overs and establish a 66-run partnership before the 19-year-old Kumara was brought into the attack. 

Summary

South Africa 147-4 (D Elgar 76*. Du Plessis 38; L Kumara 2-38, R Herath 1-9) against Sri Lanka at Tea on first day

Published: 03-01-2017 09:02

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