Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva scored fluent half-centuries as Sri Lanka took benefit of some lacklustre South Africa bowling to put up 340 for six on the shut of day one of many first Take a look at at Centurion Park on Saturday.
Dasun Shanaka (25 not out) and Kasun Rajitha (seven not out) will resume on the second day having come by means of a troublesome spell late within the night session in opposition to the brand new ball, although South Africa aided them by not attacking the stumps sufficient.
The vacationers gained the toss and elected to bat, recovering from a poor begin that was largely self-inflicted to grab the initiative on a wicket with loads of bounce that’s prone to turn out to be uneven because the Take a look at goes on. Chandimal’s vivid innings of 85 got here to an finish when house seamer Wiaan Mulder (3-68) received the ball to leap spitefully off a size, clipping his glove and flying to Faf du Plessis in a second slip place.
He had placed on 99 with Niroshan Dickwella, and was concerned in a stand of 131 runs in simply 34.1 overs with the wonderful De Silva, who retired harm on 79 from 105 balls having punished the house aspect’s inconsistent line. De Silva was in full management on the crease however suffered a hip harm as he jogged by means of for a cushty single, dropping to the ground on the finish of the run-in apparent discomfort. He can have a scan on Saturday night to evaluate the harm.
South Africa bowled poorly within the first hour, however nonetheless managed to scale back the guests to 54 for 3 as Sri Lanka gave their wickets away with injudicious stroke-play. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne raced to 22 from 20 balls earlier than he performed the ball onto his personal stumps off Lungi Ngidi (1-54), whereas Kusal Mendis tried to drag Anrich Nortje (1-60), however was crushed for tempo and looped a catch to Ngidi at mid-on.
Kusal Perera then chased a ball that was far too broad from Mulder and was caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for 16. However Sri Lanka successfully added one other 230 runs earlier than dropping one other wicket when Chandimal fell, and Mulder then eliminated Dickwella for a well-played 49, and seamer Lutho Sipamla (1-68) bowled fellow debutant Wanindu Hasaranga (18).