Cape Town - Dale Steyn picked up the important wicket of Mahela Jayawardene to leave
Sri Lanka on 91 for four on the first day of the first Sunfoil test
against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.
Earlier, Vernon Philander’s fine introduction to Test cricket continued
as he reduced Sri Lanka to 76 for three at lunch on the first day of
the first Sunfoil Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in
Centurion on Thursday.
Seamer Philander, who picked up 14 wickets in his first two Tests,
against Australia in the recently completed series, nabbed two for 30
off nine overs as the hosts took advantage of winning the toss and
electing to bowl on a green pitch which offered some seam movement but
was a touch on the slow side.
The 26-year-old Philander was backed up by Dale Steyn, as the visitors battled to cope with the Proteas’ pace attack.
Sri Lanka’s plight could have been a lot worse if not for a battling
54-run third-wicket partnership between Tharanga Paranavitana and Mahela
The visitors did not enjoy the best of starts to their innings as they crashed to 12 for two.
Tillakaratne Dilshan (6) was the first man to depart as his ugly hoick
across the line to a Steyn delivery only resulted in a simple catch for
Philander at mid-on before Philander grabbed his first wicket when he
removed the dangerous Kumar Sangakkara (1).
The left-handed Sangakkara sparred at a delivery which angled across him
before leaping off a good length to find the outside edge of the bat
before nestling into Jacques Kallis’ hands at second slip.
Tharanga Paranavitana and Mahela Jayawardene then added a touch of respectability to the innings as they took the score to 66.
Paranavitana battled with short deliveries, given his propensity to take
his eye off the ball, and a short ball from Morne Morkel clattered into
But the left-hander showed some fighting spirit to score 32 off 67 balls
before his forward defensive stroke was not enough to prevent a
Philander delivery nipping through the gap between bat and pad to bowl
the left-handed batsman.
Jayawardene made his way to 23 not out at the break while Thilan Samaraweera was unbeaten on six.
Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
NT Paranavitana, TM Dilshan (captain), KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera, AD Mathews, JK Silva (wk), HMRKB Herath, NLTC Perera, UWMBCA Welegedara, CRD Fernando