Suranga Lakmal picked 4-wickets on Day One     AFP
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South Africa started Day One on a good note after winning the toss as their openers Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook went on a scoring spree against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Port Elizabeth. Soon enough South Africa found them in a fix as the visitors , Suranga Lakmal in particular discovered his mojo and nabbed quick wickets late into the day. Day One saw great contest between bat and ball. Despite dominating most of the day, South Africa would have been disappointed as they went to stumps at 267 for 6 with Vernon Philander and Quinton de Kock batting in the middle.

Sri Lanka started the final session of Day One on a positive note as Lakmal struck early with the prized scalp of Hashim Amla, who had edged an outside off-stump delivery to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal; his third catch for the day. Lakmal s patience with his line and length reaped rewards for his side. Duminy unfazed by Amla s wicket continued his march notching up sixth half-century in Tests. Duminy got to his milestone in 73 balls with the help of nine sublime boundaries.

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With the fall of Amla s wicket out came South African skipper Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis introduced himself to the match via an exquisite looking drive past cover region. Du Plessis had a terrific time in Australia collecting 206 runs on the tour.

Lakmal did manage to cause problems to Duminy with the short-ball but soon gave in thanks to an unresponsive pitch. Duminy was not allowed to score easily in the final session as opposed to the second.

Duminy s patience gave away which resulted in a rare offbeat shot against the wily old Rangana Herath. Duminy completely missed a slower delivery and offered to play the sweep shot, which hit on straight on the knee roll. Duminy went for the review but unfortunately for South Africa, the replays suggested the ball would have crashed into middle and off-stump

Duminy departed for a brisk 63 off 95 balls.

South Africa s most loved short-man Temba Bavuma came out in middle to support his skipper Du Plessis, who was looking confident.

Bavuma looked solid in defence from the get-go took his time to get off the mark, with his first running after 12 deliveries. Bavuma s first run came off a French cut.

Herath struck soon, thanks to a great review by Angelo Mathews from behind the wicket. Bavuma misjudged the line of the ball got struck in front of the stumps. As the replays suggested the ball did not turn much and kept going straight with the line much to the sorrow of Bavuma.

Australia s main tormentor from South Africa s last Test series de Kock came out in middle much to the assurance of his team.

Sri Lanka did not waste a moment and opted to take the new ball in the 80th over. Lakmal picked his fourth wicket in the form of du Plessis. In a not so good over, Lakmal got the final ball pitch on seam and go away from the batsman. The leather found an edge travelled to the hands of Dimuth Karunaratne standing in slips.

De Kock (25*) along with new man Philander (6*) held fort against a rampaging Lakmal and co. to help South Africa go into stumps at 267 for 6.

For Sri Lanka Lakmal picked 4 for 59 while the experienced Herath came second best with 2 for 48.

Brief scores:

South Africa 267 for 6 (Dean Elgar 45, Stephen Cook 59, JP Duminy 63; Suranga Lakmal 4 for 59) vs Sri Lanka.