Capetown, South Africa: Dean Elgar scored a career best 129 and shared a fourth wicket partnership of 103 with Quinton de Kock (68 not out) to guide South Africa to 297 for six on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.
The opener’s century came off 186 balls before he was caught by wicketkeeper Kussal Mendis off Suranaga Lakmal half hour before the close of play de Kock whose runs came off 90 balls will resume on Tuesday with nightwatchman Kyle Abbott unbeaten on 16.
Earlier in the day, teenage fast bowler Lahiru Kumara took three wickets including two in the same over to have South Africa reeling at 69 for 3 wickets after they were asked to bat.
The visitors did not take full advantage of the seamer friendly pitch at the Newlands Stadium after shaking up their host in the first session. They did not take as many wickets in the second and third sessions
Sri Lanka made an immediate breakthrough before South Africa had scored with the dismissal of Stephen Cook the centurion in the first Test being out caught by Mendis off a rising ball from Lakmal. The 19 year old Kumara dismissed Hashim Amla and JP Duminy in the over before lunch.
Amla continuing his indifferent form was bowled for 29, five balls later, Duminy gloved a fast legside delivery and was caught for a duck after an acrobatic leap by Mendis.
After lunch, captain Faf du Plessis and Elgar guided the innings with a fourth wicket partnership of 76. du Plessis, the only wicket to fall in the post lunch session was caught at first slip by Angelo Matthews of left arm spinner Rangana Herath for 39.
Temba Bavuma (10) was caught at square leg by Upul Tharanga off Kumara and Elgar quickly followed with a thick edge off the second new ball.
Kumara took three wickets for 86 runs from 17 overs.