Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal put Sri Lanka in a powerful place on the primary day of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion on Saturday. De Silva made 79 earlier than retiring damage and former captain Chandimal hit 85 as Sri Lanka reached 340 for six on the shut. De Silva suffered what seemed to be a left hip harm whereas working between wickets and was taken off the sphere on a motorised stretcher. It was not clear whether or not he would be capable of take any additional half within the match.
His harm ended a partnership of 131 with Chandimal. Together they stabilised the Sri Lankan innings after a helter-skelter begin wherein they misplaced their first three wickets for 54 runs inside 11 overs.
De Silva performed some flowing strokes in hitting 11 fours and a six off 105 balls, whereas Chandimal performed an anchor function, reaching his half-century off 116 balls within the final over earlier than tea.
Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella (49) added one other 99 runs earlier than South Africa lastly claimed a fourth wicket when Chandimal was caught at slip when he gloved a ball from all-rounder Wiaan Mulder which kicked off a size. Chandimal hit 11 fours in his 161-ball innings.
The medium-paced Mulder was South Africa’s most constant bowler and completed the day with three wickets for 68 runs.
South Africa had been fielding their most inexperienced quick bowling assault since 1993, with Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, debutant Lutho Sipamla and Mulder having simply 12 caps and 35 wickets between them.
On a pitch which provided bounce and early motion, the bowlers struggled to search out consistency, with Sipamla leaking 28 runs in three overs with the brand new ball.
Sipamla was enjoying forward of the uncapped Glenton Stuurman, who had been anticipated to play however was judged to not have recovered totally from a thigh harm.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne capitalised on Sipamla’s free bowling to attain 22 off 20 balls earlier than he was bowled off an inside edge by Ngidi with the overall on 28 within the fifth over.
Sri Lanka then misplaced two wickets to free photographs with the overall on 54.
Kusal Mendis mistimed a pull shot and was caught at mid-on off Nortje earlier than Kusal Perera performed a wild slash at Mulder and was caught behind within the subsequent over.
Because of Covid-19 protocols, the match was performed with out spectators.
It was the primary Test match since January for each groups.
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