Home > News >

Sri Lankan openers play out Day One after South Africa post 455/9 on Day 2, 1st Test

JP Duminy scored
JP Duminy scored a cracking ton © Getty Images

By R Vishal

Jul 17, 2014

Sri Lanka made a cautious start after South Africa spared Sri Lanka from their misery on Day two of the first Test by declaring at 455 for nine. JP Duminy  got to his fourth Test century in style. The Sri Lankan attack looked unlucky in the earlier part of the day’s play and toothless as Duminy and the South African tail decided to make the hosts toil.

Coming in at No 8, Duminy was always going to find it tough with Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera getting turn and bounce. Vernon Philander gave good support and later it was Morne Morkel who dropped anchor with a stubborn resistance in a country where South Africa have traditionally struggled.

Post Tea, Duminy switched into slog cricket mode and got boundaries with ease as South Africa were itching to field. Eventually, the 30 year-old got to hundred and Hashim Amla called off declaration after the dismissal of Morkel.

Earlier in the day, Quinton De Kock thwarted the hosts’ attack. Spinners Perera and veteran Herath were getting quite a bit a turn and the early overs were all about getting their eye in. De Kock was showing some of his One-Day International (ODI) form which has helped him get to four hundreds in six games in his career. The southpaw cut the ball at will and those boundaries soothed the Protea nerves.

Lakmal then struck by disturbing Steyn’s stumps with a straighter one. The ball went through the ‘gate’. Duminy and De Kock then kept the scoreboard ticking. They were using their feet well but it was the 22 year-old who looked promising. Under the sweltering heat and wicked turn of the Galle wicket, De Kock’s positive intent paid off and he got to his fifty. Sri Lanka have an uphill task from here as the pitch still has enough purchase for the bowlers and Dale Steyn and co. must be licking their lips to scalp a couple of wickets before the day’s play.

Brief scores:

South Africa 455 for 9 decl. (Dean Elgar 103, Faf du Plessis 80, JP Duminy 100*; Dilruwan Perera 4 for 162, Suranga Lakmal 3 for 75) lead Sri Lanka 30 for no loss (Upul Tharanga 20*) by 425 runs.

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)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Dambulla

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (08:50 IST)   at Sydney

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Chittagong

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Melbourne

Australia won by 3 wkts

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 20, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled(Match rescheduled to 21/11/2014)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 19, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Ross Taylor’s crucial knock will boost New Zealand’s sub-par subcontinent record

Stuart Binny — can the all-rounder be a trump card for India in ODIs?

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand tour of UAE 2014 New Zealand vs Pakistan New Zealand vs Pakistan 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs New Zealand Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014

Assad Fudadin replaces Darren Bravo in West Indies Test squad for South Africa tour

George Bailey does not expect Test recall for series against India

Kumar Sangakkara asked to review retirement plans: Reports

Brian Lara: West Indies have to handle issues well

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Brendon McCullum happy with his team’s performance

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Highest chases against New Zealand in Test matches

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: Pakistan’s biggest fourth innings chases

PCB’s biggest challenge is to bring back international cricket to Pakistan: Subhan Ahmad

Tim Southee’s 50 Test sixes and related records

India vs Australia 2014: India may have heavy dose of pace in store in 1st Test

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here