Sri Lanka post 290/8 on day one

2012-07-07 00:00

SRI LANKA “A” knuckled down to their batting on day one of the second unofficial Test against South Africa “A” at Kingsmead yesterday after being sent in by Faf du Plessis.

After being blown away in three days in the first Test at the same venue, Dimuth Karunaratne and his men kept Du Plessis’ side in the field for 87,2 overs, finishing on a respectable 290/8.

Opening the innings, Karunaratne set the example, constructing a patient 83 from 148 balls with 11 fours and a six, before falling to Tsami Tsolekile behind the wicket. Off-spinner Simon Harmer made the side to replace Imran Tahir.

Other useful contributions came from Angelo Perera (38), Sachithra Serasinghe (53), Kosala Kulasekara (30) and Kushal Perera (29).

Du Plessis made use of seven bowlers, using Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren, Pumelela Matshikwe and Harmer as his main strike force, while giving himself, Dean Elgar and Stiaan van Zyl a few overs.

Best of the bunch was McLaren with 3/32 in 20 overs, with Harmer and Matshikwe bagging a brace. Parnell claimed a single scalp and continued to be expensive, going for 97 runs in his 17 overs. He will have to tighten his angle and control if he is to impress selectors at the highest level.

Play starts at 9.30 am today.

Score: Sri Lanka “A” 290/8, close of play day one.

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