GALLE, Sri Lanka: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 158 to raise Sri Lanka to 287 all out in opposition to South Africa on day one of many first Check right here on Thursday.
Quick bowler Kagiso Rabada claimed 4 wickets to scale back Sri Lanka to 176-Eight however Karunaratne gave the full respect along with his 222-ball knock after the hosts elected to bat first.The left-handed Karunaratne, who registered his eighth century in his 50th Check, constructed essential partnerships together with a 63-run 10th wicket stand with Lakshan Sandakan, who made 25.
In response, South Africa had been in bother at 4 for one at stumps after veteran spinner Rangana Herath bought Aiden Markram out for nought.Dean Elgar, on 4, and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj had been on the crease at shut of play on a tricky day’s cricket that noticed rain within the afternoon and an prolonged last session.
The day belonged to Karunaratne who stood tall throughout his marathon stand after Rabada after which left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi tore into the Sri Lankan middle-order.Rabada, who got here again after an damage, returned figures of Four-50, whereas Shamsi took three wickets on a seemingly turning sub-continent pitch.
Rabada had made the primary breakthrough for South Africa, dismissing Danushka Gunathilaka with a supply that rose sharply and bought the batsman caught behind for 26.He then struck twice in his sixth over of the day, eradicating Angelo Mathews, for one, and Roshen Silva, for nought, shortly after lunch.
These two wickets got here in the direction of the beginning of Sri Lanka’s middle-order, once they misplaced six wickets for 61 runs, slipping from a comparatively snug 115-2.However Karunaratne not often tried to counter assault, preferring as an alternative to steadily construct his innings, which featured 13 fours and a powerful six off Dale Steyn within the first session.
He accomplished his ton with a boundary off Shamsi after which moved to 150 for the fourth time in his Check profession.South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was compelled to rotate his common bowling choices as Karunaratne performed smart cricket with the tail enders.
Stand-in-captain Suranga Lakmal additionally fought with Karunaratne throughout their 48-run ninth wicket stand that pissed off the bowling aspect.Sri Lanka’s common captain Dinesh Chandimal is suspended for the two-match collection, after pleading responsible to breaching the spirit of cricket throughout the crew’s Check tour of West Indies final month.
Sri Lanka received toss
Sri Lanka 1st innings
D Gunathilaka c de Kock b Rabada 26
D Karunaratne not out 158
D de Silva b Shamsi 11
Okay Mendis c Rabada b Steyn 24
A Mathews c de Kock b Rabada 1
R Silva c Markram b Rabada Zero
†N Dickwella c Amla b Shamsi 18
D Perera c de Kock b Philander 1
R Herath run out 1
*S Lakmal c de Kock b Rabada 10
L Sandakan st de Kock b Shamsi 25
Extras (b7, lb 1, nb2, w2) 12
Whole (all out, 78.Four overs) 287
Fall: 1-44, 2-70, Three-115, Four-119, 5-119, 6-161, 7-164, Eight-176, 9-224, 10-287
Bowling: Philander Eight-1-28-1, Steyn 13-Zero-54-1, Rabada 14-1-50-Four (w2, nb1), Maharaj 17-Three-49-Zero (nb1), Shamsi 25.Four-2-91-Three, Elgar 1-Zero-7-Zero
South Africa 1st innings
D Elgar not out Four
A Markram c Mathews b Herath Zero
Okay Maharaj not out Zero
Whole (1 wicket, Four overs) Four
Nonetheless to bat: H Amla, T Bavuma, *F du Plessis, †Q de Kock, V Philander, T Shamsi, Okay Rabada, D Steyn
Bowling: Herath 2-1-1-1, Perera 2-1-Three-Zero
Umpires: Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker (Australia). TV umpire: Nigel Llong (England). Match referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)