South Africa on top after Faf’s missed double ton
South Africa are in the commanding position of the first Test against Sri Lanka, as the host scored a mammoth 621 runs for in their first innings.
Sri Lanka’s short outing in South Africa has started with the first Test of the Test series at SuperSport Park, Centurion. After bowling out the visitors for 396 in the first innings, the hosts were in control of their first innings at stumps on day two.
Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis started the proceedings on day three morning. South Africa started the day with their overnight score of 317/4. The duo continued their good partnership and added 179 runs for the fifth wicket before the wicket of Bavuma on 71.
On the other hand, Faf du Plessis carried out his good show with the bat and went past the 150 runs mark. He got the supports of Wian Mulder and Keshav Maharaj. Both the batsmen scored 36 and 73 respectively. Unfortunately, the former South African skipper was dismissed on 199 and missed a well deserved double century by just a run.
In the end, South Africa ended their first innings on 621. South Africa took the first-innings lead of 225 runs, before the start of the Sri Lankan innings. On the visitor’s side, injuries continued to hit them as Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara walked off the field on day’s play. Luckily Hasaranga returned back and picked up four wickets in his debut innings.
After conceding a big lead in the first innings, Sri Lanka are off to a poor start in their second innings. Sri Lanka are 65/2 with the skipper and Kusal Mendis back in the hunt. Sri Lanka are still trailing by 160 runs with Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal on the field.
Sri Lanka: 396-all out
South Africa: 621-all out
Sri Lanka: 65/2 [ Kusal Perera 33*, Dinesh Chandimal 21*, Lungi Ngidi 2/28 ]
Sri Lanka trail by 160 runs