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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Wanderers

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Wanderers

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“Maybe from a mental point of view we lacked a little bit, or maybe we don’t trust our technique”

Dean Elgar helped himself to a little tipple before bed after day one at the Wanderers – something many other South Africans who have failed to stock up would have been envious of as the country navigates its third alcohol ban as part of coronavirus restrictions – but it was not necessarily to soothe his senses.

Elgar had gone in on 92 not out, just a couple of shots away from his first Test hundred in 15 months, as well as shouldering the responsibility of steering his side into a strong position after Sri Lanka had mustered just 157 in their first innings.

“I had a glass of wine and it made me sleep very well but I’ve been in the nineties overnight in first-class cricket before so it’s not my first time,” Elgar said. “I didn’t feel anything; I didn’t feel anxious. And I woke up nice and early as well thinking I might not wake up to my alarm. But no, I didn’t feel too nervous starting today’s play.”

The jitters, if there had been any, had come during the course of the opening day. After racing to 39 off the first 44 balls he faced, Elgar was made to knuckle down, especially against Dasun Shanaka, who teased in the channel outside off and nipped the ball off the seam. Sri Lanka’s attack improved as the first afternoon wore on and they demanded discipline from Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen. Elgar’s next 53 runs took 75 balls.

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