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Faf du Plessis hits 199 as South Africa takes command against Sri Lanka in first test |  Cricket News


South Africa dominated Day 3 of Test 1 against Sri Lanka with Faf du Plessis hitting 199 as they posted a whopping 621 for a 225-point lead in the first inning; tourists had 65-2 at stumps; watch day four from 7:55 am Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket

Last updated: 12/28/20 6:25 pm



Faf du Plessis hits 199 as South Africa takes command against Sri Lanka in first test |  Cricket News







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Centurion highlights as South Africa looked to forge a lead over Sri Lanka in the first test

Centurion highlights as South Africa looked to forge a lead over Sri Lanka in the first test

Faf du Plessis set a career record 199 as South Africa thrived in the first test against Sri Lanka with a massive first-set score of 621 and a 160 lead on Monday’s matchday three.

Sri Lanka closed 65-2 in their second set with Kusal Mendis (33 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal (21 not out) in the crease.

Home seamstress Lungi Ngidi (2-28) picked up both wickets to fall, bowling captain Dimuth Karunaratne (6) with a delivery that remained weak, before Kusal Mendis (0) slipped.

Du Plessis did not reach a milestone with a poor shot selection as he attempted to lift leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (4-171) at the halfway point, but instead offered a simple capture to Karunaratne.

Faf du Plessis hits 199 as South Africa takes command against Sri Lanka in first test |  Cricket News

Du Plessis was congratulated on a great run by the Sri Lankan players after falling to 199

He faced 276 balls and hit 24 fours, a masterful display of batting over a wicket that was not easy for batsmen with variable pace and rebound.

Sri Lanka had worked hard on the pitch as injuries severely hampered their bowling attack, with Seaman Kasun Rajitha managing just 2.1 assists, his fast compatriot Lahiru Kumara sent off early and Hasaranga limping after a slippery save at the limit. .

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They had started the innings without spinner Dhananjaya de Silva, who injured his thigh at batting and was sent off for two weeks.

South Africa had resumed the 317-4, with Du Plessis and Temba Bavuma (71) sharing a record fifth wicket stand for the team against Sri Lanka of 179.

It was smashed under bizarre circumstances when Bavuma left the field after a call for taken back. It was not given by the referee, and replays suggested he missed the ball by a good inch.

Du Plessis also set a record seventh at the wicket against Sri Lanka of 133 with Keshav Maharaj (73), who had his highest score before being the last batsman to come out.

South Africa added fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to their squad for the second and final test from Johannesburg on January 3.

Watch day four of the first test between South Africa and Sri Lanka from 7:55 am Tuesday on Sky Sports Cricket.





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