Home > News >

Sri Lankan bowlers’ late strikes helps them win back Day 1 honours against South Africa

Shaminda-Eranga-of-Sri-Lanka,-centre,-celebrates-taking-the-wicket-of-Chris-Jordan
Sri Lanka celebrate © Getty Images (File Photo)

By R Vishal

Jul 16, 2014

South Africa took first day honours in the first half of the day’s play against Sri Lanka at Galle on Day of the first Test through Dean Elgar‘s sparkling ton and and a gritty yet attacking 80 from Faf fu Plessis.  The hosts clawed their way back through an excellent session post tea that saw them run through four South African batsmen.
The first half of the day’s play was a phase where the South African batsmen negated the pacers of Sri Lanka. Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga were insipid and pitching it in the areas where Elgar and Alviro Peterson wanted. Runs came thick and fast for the visitors in this phase eased the nerves, given the Proteas’ past record in these parts.

After seeing off the early part of the first session successfully, where the batsmen piled up 107 runs on the board, losing only Peterson, the batsmen flexed their muscles. Elgar and Faf fu Plessis then took charge and went after the spinners at will. Even the usually unplayable Rangana Herath was torn apart by the aggressive strokeplay of Elgar and the charismatic Du Plessis.

The partnership was growing in confidence and the scoring rate was impressive too. The two batsmen had a dry phase towards the close of Tea but the southpaw broke the shackles to reach his century with a massive six over long off.

Post Tea, the Sri Lankan bowlers came with a plan and put the well set Elgar and Du Plessis on the backfoot. The centurion lost his patience and nicked a wide delivery outside off-stump to the welcoming hands of Dinesh Chandimal. Hashim Amla, in his first Test as captain, also fell to a unusual bad shot — a far cry from his usual prolific nature at the crease.

The bearded genius carelessly chipped a flighted Herath delivery to mid-off. Du Plessis continued to patiently craft a big score with AB de Villiers, who survived two scares. One off a run out and then of a bat-pad catch.

Du Plessis then came down the wicket, retracted and the ball bounced off the batsman’s glove and Kaushal Silva took a smart catch at forward short leg. The hosts’ biggest price was Lakmal castling De Villiers in the penultimate over of the day’s play.

Brief scores:

South Africa 268 for 5 (Alviro Petersen 34, Dean Elgar 103, Faf du Plessis 80; Suranga Lakmal 2 for 29, Dilruwan Perera 2 for 100) vs Sri Lanka

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

(R Vishal is a journalist and an alumni of the Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

Inda tour of England 2014: Ravi Shastri remains unbeaten as manager

Ambati Rayudu has to make every opportunity count if he is to play in ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Highlights

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

MS Dhoni equals Mohammad Azharuddin’s record for registering maximum wins as ODI captain

Alastair Cook calls for improved batting display by England after going 0-2 down to India in ODI series

Ravichandran Ashwin attributes patience for success in ODIs for India against England

Alastair Cook bemoans middle-order’s ineptitude against Indian spinners for England’s loss in 3rd ODI

MS Dhoni credits spinners’ solid display for India’s win over England in 3rd ODI

Inda tour of England 2014: Ravi Shastri remains unbeaten as manager

Statistical review of batsmen with two or more consecutive ducks from ODI debut

Ambati Rayudu has to make every opportunity count if he is to play in ICC World Cup 2015

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Highlights

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

667 Posts | 6 Fans

10 Most Unbeatable Records in Cricket

Ebola infected monkeys said to be recovering with ZMapp

Alastair Cook calls for improved batting display by England after going 0-2 down to India in ODI series

This is the only Apple iPhone 6 leak video you should watch ahead of September 9 launch

Ganesh Festival 2014 song of the day: Sindoor lal chadhayo from Sanjay Dutt’s Vaastav

Inda tour of England 2014: Ravi Shastri remains unbeaten as manager

HTC to finally unveil two wearables, Desire 820 with 64-bit processor at IFA on September 4

Beware! sugary drinks may increase risk of cancer and heart disease

Ganeshotsav 2014: Salman Khan’s sister Arpita Khan celebrates Ganpati in a gorgeous green desi attire-view pic!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here