Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva raised Sri Lanka from 54 for 3 before each producing effective but opposing innings, each brought to a near misfortune rather than any substantial flaws of their own in their 131 -Run stand not only revolved around a day that seemed to be going badly, it also set Sri Lanka on its way to its highest total in South Africa – 340 to 6 at the end of the day, just before beating the previous best: 342 in Newlands in 2012

Runs came quickly on the first day too, despite even seam movement from this surface, in addition to uneven jump. Sri Lanka scored four runs per over throughout the day – de Silva was leading with a hit rate of 75 in his innings of 79 that de Silva had to retire injured because of an apparently serious thigh injury, will worry the visitors, who need him almost as much for his offspin as for his eyelash

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South Africa’s inexperienced attack was guilty of being stubborn and was sometimes too easily hit by their lines and lengths.No one personified this better than debutant Lutho Sipamla, who received the new ball and went to 28 from his first three overs, despite himself his control improved as the day progressed and he even claimed a wicket in the third session

No South African bowler went with less than three runs per over. Even Anrich Nortje, who occasionally crossed 150 km / h and was often in the mid-range of 140 km / h, was at times used by de Silva and other members of the Sri Lankan uppermost order defeated

Wiaan Mulder took three wickets but maybe got lucky – he caught Kusal Perera behind a short, wide ball in the morning and then got a ball bounce dramatically off the surface to take Chandimal’s racket grip in the third session (his pound) but against Niroshan Dickwella everything was him) Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Sipamla each took a wicket Keshav Maharaj took a turn towards the end of the day but was largely forced to contain the Sri Lankan batsmen, although they frequently used and attacked him with their feet tried

While Chandimal scored 85 points out of 161 that day’s opening goal, there was little doubt that de Silvas were the more impressive innings, cruising through the back half of the first session and refining the first half of the second, with him his scoring began with an Imperial flick over Midwicket before unfolding a line of exquisite drives that defined his knock

Nortje was the fastest during this time, and yet de Silva was completely unimpressed by the pace as he creamed a swinging Nortje ball through the ceiling early in his inning before smoking twice in the middle shortly after lunch he reached his fifty with the most effortless shot of all – a square drive from Wiaan Mulder – and thrived on, eleven fours and one six that cheered his stay

The six were ahead of Maharaj The spinner had previously triggered a strong LBW appeal from him on the ball, but de Silva immediately scurried across the field to start it over a long period

His mid-afternoon injury looked terrible, however, he winced as he pulled up while doing a quick single and soon collapsed at the end of the non-striker After a few minutes of treatment on the field, the decision was made to strip him, and he had to be ridden on the back of a buggy and then practically carried up the stairs to the locker room.He will be scanned on Saturday night, but it didn’t seem hopeful that he could play a major role in that game

Where de Silva sailed to a good score, Chandimal made his way to a Chandimals hit rate barely below 30 at times, though he eventually managed to bring it to 53 with a flurry of limits on either side of the tea. Early on, Chandimal sucked Deliveries cleaned up and cleared away the expansive shots, choosing to only punish the really bad deliveries

That doesn’t mean there weren’t any nice shots – two driven boundaries in front of Nortje were eye catching, and he cut viciously if bowlers went far. He seemed determined to get triple the numbers than a Mulder ball of one long back trampled, took his club grip and found Faf du Plessis slipping

Before being fired, however, Chandimal also partnered with Niroshan Dickwella for 99 years, who himself only missed a run half a century ago Dickwella – now a more mature Test batsman than before – played vigilantly and early in his innings didn’t hit his first limit until he was 16 Ball He was heavily offside as usual but missed a shot on Mulder and was correctly spent lbw (although Dickwella checked) Sri Lanka’s all-rounders – Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga – got the team past the 300 mark, and Shanaka was still on stumps on Jan. not eliminated

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