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Chandimal, Dhananjaya put Sri Lanka ahead in the race

Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa 2020/21

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Sri Lanka ended day one on a high, courtesy brilliant batting from Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to put runs on board first on a hard surface with an even covering of grass. The wicket was so hard that it was a paradise for Anrich Nortje’s extra pace and bounce. It also required a bit of a cautious start and the first hour was predicted to be threatening to the batsmen.

The visitors had a troubled start as they lost their Skipper early in the innings, followed by two quick wickets a few overs later, sending the entire top order back to the dressing room with the board showing 54 for 3.  

Kusal Mendis was clearly beaten by pace and looked all over the place right from the time Anrich Nortje, who consistently bowled at 150 kmph, came into the attack as the first change bowler. Eventually, the 25-year-old succumbed to Nortje’s pace, trying to pull him over mid-on.

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Wiaan Mulder, who is making a comeback into the South African side, bowled sweetly as he kept moving the ball both ways with ease. He accounted for Kusal Perera’s dismissal in his first over as the experienced left-hander swung his bat hard at everything, eventually nicking one back to the keeper.

A depleted bowling attack of the host saw a frustrating day at work. This opportunity for Wiaan Mulder required him to play the role of a veteran. He was playing the shades of Vernon Philander as he kept moving the ball either way with ease returning figures of 3 for 68.

Dinesh Chandimal seemed to have carried through his fine form in first-class Cricket to this game. He looked calm and composed on the crease and handled Nortje’s pace pretty well. His technique seemed flawless as he struck a couple of boundaries through covers with ease, which was a sign that he was in control. The former Test Captain made a classy 85 off 161 deliveries.

Just as expected when wickets tumbled early, DDS produced another eye-catching innings as he struck a valuable 79 runs before leaving the field with a muscle injury. The right-hander was scintillating against pace and made that knock look so easy on the eye with some elegant on-drives against pace and delicate cuts against spin.

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Niroshan Dickwella played a good hand scoring a useful 49 runs off 86 deliveries after walking in to replace the retired DDS.

Despite that shaky start, the Sri Lankan batsmen looked confident at the crease after a long while. DDS and Chandimal batted all the pace out of the Proteas fast bowlers and made them toil hard for wickets. If the batsmen of a team are calling ‘NO’ loud and clear, refusing running and if they are timing their on-drives with all the ease on earth, that is a sign of an in-form batting unit. That was visible in Sri Lankan batting today. They were positive throughout the day and ended each session on top. Even after losing 3 wickets, they were at 102 runs in the first session. They bettered it with 110 runs without losing any wickets in the second session and racked up 128 runs in the last session. Teams who are consistently scoring at a rate of 4.00 run per over in Test cricket, usually yield positive outcomes. That was the key to this well-architected innings of Sri Lanka.

Result


South Africa
621/10 (142.1)

Sri Lanka
396/10 (96) & 180/10 (46.1)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne b Lungi Ngidi 22 20 4 0 110.00
Kusal Perera c Quinton de Kock b Wiaan Mulder 16 29 2 0 55.17
Kusal Mendis c Lungi Ngidi b Anrich Nortje 12 16 2 0 75.00
Dinesh Chandimal c Faf du Plessis b Wiaan Mulder 85 161 11 0 52.80
Dhananjaya de Silva retired 79 105 11 1 75.24
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Wiaan Mulder 49 86 6 0 56.98
Dasun Shanaka not out 66 87 3 5 75.86
Wanindu Hasaranga b Lutho Sipamla 18 20 3 0 90.00
Kasun Rajitha c Dean Elgar b Lutho Sipamla 12 49 2 0 24.49
Vishwa Fernando b Lutho Sipamla 0 1 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara c Rassie van der Dussen b Lutho Sipamla 0 7 0 0 0.00


Extras 37 (b 16 , lb 9 , nb 6, w 6, pen 0)
Total 396/10 (96 Overs, RR: 4.12)
Fall of Wickets 1-28 (4.5) Dimuth Karunarathne, 2-54 (9.5) Kusal Mendis, 3-54 (10.5) Kusal Perera, 4-284 (65.4) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-296 (70.3) Niroshan Dickwella, 6-320 (76.3) Wanindu Hasaranga, 7-387 (93.2) Kasun Rajitha, 8-387 (93.3) Vishwa Fernando, 9-396 (95.6) Lahiru Kumara,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 19 3 64 1 3.37
Lutho Sipamla 16 1 76 4 4.75
Anrich Nortje 22 3 88 1 4.00
Wiaan Mulder 20 4 69 3 3.45
Keshav Maharaj 19 3 74 0 3.89
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c & b Dasun Shanaka 95 130 16 0 73.08
Aiden Markram c Dasun Shanaka b Vishwa Fernando 68 94 14 0 72.34
Rassie van der Dussen c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara 15 42 2 0 35.71
Faf du Plessis c & b 199 276 24 0 72.10
Quinton de Kock c Lahiru Thirimanne b Wanindu Hasaranga 18 11 3 0 163.64
Temba Bavuma c Niroshan Dickwella b Dasun Shanaka 71 125 7 0 56.80
Wiaan Mulder c Niroshan Dickwella b Wanindu Hasaranga 36 63 4 1 57.14
Keshav Maharaj c Wanindu Hasaranga b Vishwa Fernando 73 106 6 2 68.87
Anrich Nortje c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando 0 3 0 0 0.00
Lutho Sipamla lbw b Wanindu Hasaranga 0 1 0 0 0.00
Lungi Ngidi not out 2 9 0 0 22.22


Extras 44 (b 9 , lb 18 , nb 7, w 10, pen 0)
Total 621/10 (142.1 Overs, RR: 4.37)
Fall of Wickets 1-141 (28.4) Aiden Markram, 2-200 (42.6) Rassie van der Dussen, 3-200 (43.4) Dean Elgar, 4-220 (47.1) Quinton de Kock,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 31.1 2 130 2 4.18
Kasun Rajitha 2.1 0 16 0 7.62
Dasun Shanaka 28.5 2 98 2 3.44
Wanindu Hasaranga 45 5 171 4 3.80
Lahiru Kumara 21.1 0 103 1 4.88
Dimuth Karunarathne 6.5 0 36 0 5.54
Kusal Mendis 7 0 41 0 5.86


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne b Lungi Ngidi 6 8 1 0 75.00
Kusal Perera c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 64 87 10 0 73.56
Kusal Mendis c Rassie van der Dussen b Lungi Ngidi 0 5 0 0 0.00
Dinesh Chandimal b Wiaan Mulder 25 45 4 0 55.56
Niroshan Dickwella c Quinton de Kock b Wiaan Mulder 10 15 2 0 66.67
Dasun Shanaka c Quinton de Kock b Lutho Sipamla 6 35 0 0 17.14
Wanindu Hasaranga c Temba Bavuma b Lutho Sipamla 59 53 12 1 111.32
Vishwa Fernando run out (Wiaan Mulder) 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kasun Rajitha c Keshav Maharaj b Anrich Nortje 0 27 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara not out 0 5 0 0 0.00
Dhananjaya de Silva retired 0 0 0 0 0.00


Extras 10 (b 4 , lb 2 , nb 4, w 0, pen 0)
Total 180/10 (46.1 Overs, RR: 3.9)
Fall of Wickets 1-10 (2.6) Dimuth Karunarathne, 2-22 (4.5) Kusal Mendis, 3-85 (19.5) Dinesh Chandimal, 4-99 (23.6) Niroshan Dickwella, 5-114 (28.4) Kusal Perera, 6-142 (35.5) Dasun Shanaka, 7-148 (36.6) Vishwa Fernando, 8-179 (45.2) Wanindu Hasaranga, 9-180 (46.1) Kasun Rajitha,

Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 10 2 38 2 3.80
Anrich Nortje 10.1 1 47 2 4.65
Wiaan Mulder 12 1 39 2 3.25
Lutho Sipamla 5 0 24 2 4.80
Keshav Maharaj 6 3 20 0 3.33
Aiden Markram 3 2 6 0 2.00