Sri Lanka lose Thirimanne after restricting hosts to 235

Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019 - 1st Test

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Dale Steyn picked up the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne after Sri Lanka restricted hosts South Africa to 235 in their first innings, on day 1 of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban. At stumps, Sri Lanka were 49/1, trailing by 186.

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Vishwa Fernando got Sri Lanka to the perfect start early on in the day, dismissing Dean Elgar with his 4th delivery (2nd over of the day) and should have had his second when he trapped Hashim Amla right in front two deliveries later. Unfortunately for the visitors however, due to a DRS timing error, they were deemed to have taken too long to make the referral and the 3rd umpire was not called upon to make a decision. Nevertheless, Lakmal sent Amla packing a few overs later via another sharp catch by Kusal Mendis at 2nd slip and Fernando bagged the scalp of Aidan Markram soon after to leave the Proteas tottering on 17/3.

Playing just 6 specialist batsmen in the game, it was imperative that South Africa put together a substantial stand and Captain Faf Du Plessis and Temba Bavuma threatened to do just that before Kasun Rajitha had the former caught down the leg side just before the lunch break.

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Sri Lanka then had a stroke of luck half an hour into the post-lunch session, as a firm drive by Quinton De Kock, ricocheted off Vishwa Fernando’s boot onto the stumps to catch Bavuma marginally short of his crease at the non-striker’s end.

Wickets kept falling on one end, but De Kock held firm on the other, milking the runs of some loose bowling by the Sri Lankans. He put on invaluable partnerships of 21, 47, 33 and 26 alongside Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dale Steyn and Duane Olivier respectively to ensure that South Africa posted a respectable total, given the conditions.

For Sri Lanka, Vishwa Fernando was the pick of the bowlers, registering career-best figures of 4/62 while Kasun Rajitha picked up 3/68 as the visitors managed to restrict South Africa to 235, a total they would have been more than happy with at the start of play.

Lahiru Thirimanne’s unimpressive run in Tests since his comeback in Australia continued as he got out playing a rash shot outside the off stump to Dale Steyn. Thirimanne was Steyn’s 434th victim, bringing him on level terms with Sri Lanka’s very own Rangana Herath and Kapil Dev at 8th position in the Highest Wicket Taker’s list in Test cricket.

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Thirimanne’s dismissal saw debutant Oshada Fernando walk in and the right-hander looked comfortable in the middle, despite a run-out scare, finishing on 17* at the close of play.

Dimuth Karunaratne continued to be his assured best at the crease and Sri Lanka will hope that their skipper gets some runs as they look to get as close to South Africa’s total as possible.









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Full Scorecard

South Africa

235/10 & 259/10

(79.1 overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

191/10 & 304/9

(85.3 overs)

SL won by 1 wicket

South Africa’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Aiden Markram b V Fernando 11 27
Dean Elgar c N Dickwella b V Fernando 0 4
Hashim Amla c K Mendis b S Lakmal 3 10
Temba Bavuma (runout) V Fernando 47 66
Faf du Plessis c N Dickwella b K Rajitha 35 54
Quinton de Kock c V Fernando b K Rajitha 80 94
Vernon Philander c & b K Rajitha 4 22
Keshav Maharaj c N Dickwella b V Fernando 29 35
Kagiso Rabada c O Fernando b V Fernando 3 16
Dale Steyn b L Embuldeniya 15 26
Dane Olivier not out 0 6
Extras
8 (lb 6, nb 2)
Total
235/10 (59.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
0-1 (D Elgar, 1.4 ov), 9-2 (H Amla, 6.1 ov), 17-3 (A Markram, 7.4 ov), 89-4 (du Plessis, 24.2 ov), 110-5 (T Bauma, 29.2 ov), 6-131 (V Philander, 37.4 ov), 7-178 (K Maharaj, 45.6 ov), 8-186 (K Rabada, 49.6 ov), 9-219 (D Steyn, 56.4 ov), 10-235 (de Kock, 59.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 14 3 29 1 2.07
Vishwa Fernando 17 1 62 4 3.65
Kasun Rajitha 14.4 0 68 3 4.72
Dimuth Karunarathne 3 0 9 0 3.00
Lasith Embuldeniya 10 1 51 1 5.10
Oshada Fernando 1 0 10 0 10.00

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by V Philander 30 59
Lahiru Thirimanne c de Kock b D Steyn 0 15
Oshada Fernando lbw by D Steyn 19 42
Kusal Mendis c du Plessis b V Philander 12 24
Kusal Janith c Z Hamza b D Steyn 51 63
Niroshan Dickwella c D Steyn b D Olivier 8 12
Dhananjaya de Silva c D Olivier b K Rabada 23 33
Suranga Lakmal c A Markram b D Steyn 4 6
Lasith Embuldeniya c D Steyn b K Rabada 24 63
Kasun Rajitha (runout) A Markram 12 30
Vishwa Fernando not out 1 9
Extras
7 (b 3, lb 3, w 1)
Total
191/10 (59.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
19-1 (L Thirimanne, 6.4 ov), 51-2 (O Fernando, 18.2 ov), 53-3 (D Karunarathne, 19.6 ov), 76-4 (K Mendis, 25.4 ov), 90-5 (N Dickwella, 29.2 ov), 133-6 (D De Silva, 38.5 ov), 142-7 (S Lakmak, 40.1 ov), 8-152 (K Janith, 44.3 ov), 184-9 (K Rajitha, 55.3 ov), 191-10 (L Embuldeniya, 59.2 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Dale Steyn 20 7 48 4 2.40
Vernon Philander 10 2 32 2 3.20
Kagiso Rabada 12.2 2 48 2 3.93
Dane Olivier 13 2 36 1 2.77
Keshav Maharaj 3 0 16 0 5.33
Dean Elgar 1 0 5 0 5.00

South Africa’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Dean Elgar c & b L Embuldeniya 35 70
Aiden Markram c K Mendis b K Rajitha 28 31
Hashim Amla c L Thirimanne b V Fernando 16 35
Temba Bavuma lbw by L Embuldeniya 3 16
Faf du Plessis lbw by V Fernando 90 182
Quinton de Kock lbw by L Embuldeniya 55 62
Vernon Philander b L Embuldeniya 18 54
Keshav Maharaj b V Fernando 4 13
Kagiso Rabada c N Dickwella b L Embuldeniya 0 2
Dale Steyn b V Fernando 1 6
Dane Olivier not out 2 7
Extras
7 (lb 2, w 2, nb 3)
Total
259/10 (79.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
36-1 (A Markram, 9.6 ov), 70-2 (H Amla, 19.1 ov), 77-3 (T Bavuma, 22.2 ov), 95-4 (D Elgar, 28.6 ov), 191-5 (de Kock, 52.6 ov), 251-6 (V Philander, 72.4 ov), 255-7 (du Plessis, 75.6 ov), 256-8 (K Rabada, 76.4 ov), 256-9 (K Maharaj, 77.2 ov), 259-10 (D Steyn, 79.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Suranga Lakmal 20 5 52 0 2.60
Vishwa Fernando 17.1 2 71 4 4.15
Kasun Rajitha 13 1 54 1 4.15
Lasith Embuldeniya 26 3 66 5 2.54
Dhananjaya de Silva 2 0 8 0 4.00
Oshada Fernando 1 0 6 0 6.00

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Batting R B
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by V Philander 20 47
Lahiru Thirimanne c du Plessis b K Rabada 21 51
Oshada Fernando c du Plessis b D Steyn 37 76
Kusal Mendis c de Kock b D Olivier 0 8
Kusal Janith not out 153 200
Niroshan Dickwella c & b D Steyn 0 2
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw by K Maharaj 48 79
Suranga Lakmal c du Plessis b K Maharaj 0 1
Lasith Embuldeniya c A Markram b D Olivier 4 12
Kasun Rajitha lbw by K Maharaj 1 10
Vishwa Fernando not out 6 27
Extras
14 (lb 13, w 1)
Total
304/9 (85.3 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
42-1 (L Thirimanne, 15.5 ov), 42-2 (D Karunarathne, 16.3 ov), 52-3 (K Mendis, 18.5 ov), 110-4 (O Fernando, 37.2 ov), 110-5 (N Dickwella, 37.4 ov), 206-6 (De Silva, 63.1 ov), 206-7 (S Lakmal, 63.2 ov), 215-8 (L Embuldeniya, 66.5 ov), 226-9 (K Rajitha, 69.4 ov)
Bowling O M R W E
Dale Steyn 18 1 71 2 3.94
Vernon Philander 8 3 13 1 1.63
Keshav Maharaj 20 1 71 3 3.55
Kagiso Rabada 22.3 3 97 1 4.35
Dane Olivier 16 3 35 2 2.19
Aiden Markram 1 0 4 0 4.00