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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st Test 2020

Recent Match Report - Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st

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Depleted Sri Lanka toil with two bowlers injured but struggle for consistency

South Africa 317 for 4 (Elgar 95, Markram 68, du Plessis 55*) trail Sri Lanka 396 (Chandimal 85, de Silva 79, Sipamla 4-76) by 79 runs

Aiden Markram sped to fifty, Dean Elgar made an assured 95, and then Faf du Plessis combined with Temba Bavuma for a 97-run stand late in the day, as South Africa wrested control of the Test from a substantially depleted Sri Lanka attack. They finished day two only 79 runs behind, with six wickets in hand. Aside from a brief period early in the third session, when they lost three wickets for 20 runs, their progress was largley untroubled, and usually rapid – the runs flowing at 4.4 an over.

Although South Africa did the bulk of their scoring in the afternoon and evening sessions, the day was defined by events that occurred before lunch. Before play, Dhananjaya de Silva was confirmed to have sustained a grade two tear in his left thigh, which means he can play no further part in the series, depriving Sri Lanka not only of a batsman, but also their only spinner with experience in South African conditions.

Early in South Africa’s innings, Sri Lanka also suffered the breakdown of frontline seamer Kasun Rajitha, who appeared to have injured his groin, and could not complete his third over, which he had just begun. He did not return to the field for the rest of the day, meaning Sri Lanka were missing a third of their bowling resources, and will likely play the rest of the Test that way. Dasun Shanaka, who had earlier hit an unbeaten fifty and is very much a batting allrounder, ended up having to bowl almost 17 overs in the day, to help the team out. Debutant legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga bowled 23 overs despite going at 4.3 an over.

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