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Jul 17, 2014
South Africa took first day honours in the first half of the day’s play against Sri Lankaat 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
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