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South Africa four for 1 (Elgar four, Maharaj Zero*, Herath 1-1) race Sri Lanka 287 (Karunaratne 158*, Gunathilaka 26, Rabada four-50, Shamsi three-91) by 283 runs

An unbeaten century from Dimuth Karunaratne neutralised the South African threat on the opening day of the Take a look at series in Galle, after the visiting attack burrowed their methodology by Sri Lanka’s heart affirm. Playing in his fiftieth Take a look at, Karunaratne become as soon as the fully Sri Lankan batsman to ranking extra than 26 runs and featured in five partnerships of over 40 – the closing stand of sixty three with Lakshan Sandakan – to be clear that though Sri Lanka misplaced six wickets for sixty one at one point, they ended the day on high.

Kagiso Rabada emerged as a the spearhead of the South African pack, with four for 50 on a surface that equipped scant assistance. He outbowled each his seniors – Vernon Philander, who fully delivered eight overs, and Dale Steyn, who took one step closer to breaking Shaun Pollock’s sage as South Africa’s leading Take a look at wicket-taker. For Steyn, two extra live. Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wristspinner who become as soon as integrated alongside Keshav Maharaj, become as soon as the replace threat, which fully suggests this can grow to be more difficult for batting as the match progresses.

That locations even extra price on the runs Sri Lanka’s decrease affirm equipped. Their closing two pairings positioned on 111 runs to push their whole in opposition to 300. At 176 for 8, even 200 appeared a long way away, and South Africa will rue their incapacity to achieve off the tail, in particular as they’d an early likelihood to whole so.

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Three balls after the eighth wicket fell, Shamsi appealed for lbw in opposition to Suranga Lakmal, after pitching one on off stump that struck the stand-in captain in entrance of heart, nonetheless umpire Paul Reiffel gave it no longer out. South Africa had a review in hand nonetheless did no longer employ it and replays showed the ball would hang long gone on to hit the interior of leg stump.

South Africa additionally failed to review one in the first over, when Danushka Gunathilaka flicked Vernon Philander down leg and there become as soon as an audible sound. Reiffel gave it no longer out nonetheless replays showed a spike on Ultra Edge. Nevertheless, that missed likelihood did no longer present too dear. After Gunathilaka and Karunaratne accomplished Sri Lanka’s fully opening stand in their closing 16 innings, Rabada removed Gunathilaka when he stumbled on his exterior edge with some additional jump.

Soundless, Karunaratne ensured Sri Lanka had a productive morning and took advantage of any width and the short ball. He equipped the fully six of the innings, albeit nearly by likelihood, when he curved Steyn over the gap between long leg and deep-backward square leg.

Sri Lanka had been initially circumspect in opposition to scuttle, and Dhananjaya de Silva become as soon as hesitant to acquire his entrance foot across to Keshav Maharaj, nonetheless that label him his wicket when Shamsi came on. De Silva tried to force Shamsi by the covers nonetheless left a bat-pad gap and become as soon as bowled for eleven. Shamsi persevered bowling from that stop for the general 2d session nonetheless extra success fully came after potentially the most important harm had been done.

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Steyn returned after lunch to an aggressive Karunaratne, who went after the short ball again and with extra attend an eye on, nonetheless got a wicket without warning when the contemporary-to-the-2,000-Take a look at-flee-membership-member Kusal Mendis chipped him to mid-on. Rabada got the use and four overs later, replaced Steyn and rocked Sri Lanka. Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva had been disregarded in three balls to dart away Sri Lanka teetering on 119 for five.

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