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Karunaratne keeps Sri Lanka afloat on turning track

SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018

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A composed knock from Dimuth Karunaratne kept Sri Lanka afloat

A composed knock from Dimuth Karunaratne saved Sri Lanka afloat © AFP

Dimuth Karunaratne (37*) performed with composure as he advised Sri Lanka to 93 for two at Lunch on Day 1 of the first Test in opposition to South Africa in Galle, on Thursday (July 12). On a turning track, with the 2 South African spinners posing questions, the hosts could be proud of the efforts of the left-handed opener, who confronted greater than 10 overs to stay the guests at bay.

After Sri Lanka had opted to bat, Karunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka (26) started on a sedate observe. Barring the occasional supply from Dale Steyn that whistled previous the outdoor edge, the openers appeared in first rate contact. Gunathilaka gave a glimpse of his doable with a flick and punch off Vernon Philander within the 7th over. His batting spouse, Karunaratne, hooked Steyn’s bouncer over deep backward sq. leg for a six. It wasn’t a resounding shot however the opener confirmed his intent to take on the fast ball.

Eventually, du Plessis offered his leader weapon, Kagiso Rabada, who in flip made the preliminary incision. In his 2nd over, he generated sufficient swing and motion off the seam to elicit the outdoor fringe of Gunathilaka with Quinton de Kock pouching the catch. Even after Gunathilaka fell, Rabada persisted to provoke, particularly with well-directed brief deliveries.

The spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi joined forces with Rabada to hassle Karunaratne and the only drop batsman Dhananjaya de Silva. Maharaj, particularly, extracted considerable flip and a shout for LBW in opposition to Karunaratne wasn’t replied within the affirmative. It used to be his spin spouse, Shamsi, who landed the necessary blow, by means of cleansing up de Silva with the chinaman selection. Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis (19*) then guided the hosts to the destroy.

On anticipated traces, the Galle track is already aiding spinners and South Africa want to whittle away on the house aspect to be sure that they do not face a tall job relating to their flip to bat.

Brief rankings: Sri Lanka 93/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 37*; Tabraiz Shamsi 1-10) vs South Africa.

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