Galle - Opener
Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 37 as Sri Lanka made a solid start
against South Africa on the opening day of the first Test in Galle on
LIVE: Sri Lanka v Proteas, Day 1
Sri Lanka were 93 for two at lunch with Karunaratne partnering Kusal
Mendis, on 19, after the hosts elected to bat at the start of the
Paceman Kagiso Rabada and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took a wicket each in the morning session.
Rabada struck first to send back Danushka Gunathilaka, caught behind
for 26 on a delivery that rose sharply. The wicket ended a 44-run
The spinners soon got into the action on what seems like a dry
surface, and Shamsi bowled Dhananjaya de Silva for 11 to put the hosts
in a bit of trouble at 70-2.
But the left-right batting combination of Karunaratne and Mendis
compiled an unbeaten 23-run stand as the hosts headed into the break
without losing any more wickets.
The visitors should have had Gunathilaka caught behind down the leg
side off Vernon Philander in the first over, but wrongly opted not to
review the on-field umpire's not out decision.
Karunaratne faced 69 balls in the first session, safely negotiating
the quicks, though he appeared less assured against Shamsi. His most
memorable stroke was a hook for six off Dale Steyn.