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Duminy century puts South Africa in control at stumps

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JP Duminy registered his third test century on day 2 of the Galle Test as the South Africans kept the Sri Lankans frustrated on the field for over two sessions as they declared on 455-9, leaving the hosts to negotiate a final hour of play with the bat.

Sri Lanka began the day a bowler short as Shaminda Eranga was declared unfit after splitting the webbing in his bowling hand on day one, for which he received 8 stitches. Suranga Lakmal breached night watchman Dale Steyn’s defence nine overs into the morning. Quinton De Kock looked well settled in the middle and was joined by JP Duminy, who got off the mark with a boundary with a scoop of his knee against spinner Dilruwan Perera.

The Proteas got past the 300-run mark as young De Kock brought up his maiden test fifty. However,the celebrations were cut short as Perera had De kock caught in the slips for 51 as the visitors quietly and slowly made their way to 331-7 at Lunch.

Duminy continued to look good once play resumed as he continued to delight the crowd with some fine shots. However he was almost done in by a leg stump Yorker from Lakmal, only to tickle it towards the fine leg boundary for four. Vernon Philander looked solid defence his end before he unleashed a late, crisp cut to the boundary off Perera. Duminy sweeped Perera for a brace to notch up his half century as he along with Philander added 75 runs for the 8th wicket.

Angelo Mathews trapped Philander in front of stumps for 26 as he gave his side a crucial breakthrough. However, Duminy in the company of Morne Morkel saw South Africa through to tea as the visitors crossed the 400-run mark, with the Sri Lankans looking rather weary in the field.

The Proteas began cautiously after tea but soon started scoring at a brisk pace as Morkel too contributed with the bat with some crisp strokes. Duminy was given a reprieve on 82 when he was dropped by Perera at mid-off. The batsman made the most of this let-off and went on to register a hundred, adding further wounds to the frustrated Sri Lankans. However, the Proteas soon declared on 455-9 with Duminy unbeaten on 100 after Morkel was clean bowled after attempting a wild hoick.

The Sri Lankan batsmen were made to negotiate an hour of play before end of the day’s play. Dale Steyn had Kaushal Silva ducking in the first over.  However, Upul Tharanga, who was playing his first test since December 2007, got off the mark with a fine boundary through covers as the hosts made their way to 30-0 at stumps. Tharanga was unbeaten on 20 while Silva reached 8.

Mini Scorecard:

South Africa, 1st Innings, 455-9d (166.2 overs, 2.73 rpo)

D Elgar 103 (187)  D Perera 4-162 (53.2)

JP Duminy 100 (206) S Lakmal 3-75 (33)

Sri Lanka, 1st Innings-stumps, 30-0 (12 overs, 2.50 rpo)

U Tharanga 20 (40) D Steyn 0-4 (4)

K Silva 8 (33)  M Morkel 0-4 (3)