Ku­mara takes three wick­ets for Sri Lanka

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Teenage fast bowler Lahiru Ku­mara took three wick­ets as Sri Lanka looked set to take a first in­nings lead on the se­cond day of a three-day match against a South African In­vi­ta­tion XI at Sen­wes Park yes­ter­day.

Ku­mara had fig­ures of three for 36 as the In­vi­ta­tion team reached 285 for eight at the close, still 88 runs be­hind the tourists’ first in­nings of 373. Left-han­der Leus du Plooy was re­spon­si­ble for al­most half the In­vi­ta­tion team’s to­tal, stroking 142 off 159 balls with 25 fours. Du Plooy, 21, is a prod­uct of the same Pre­to­ria school that pro­duced South African cap­tains AB de Vil­liers and Faf du Plessis. He has made three first-class cen­turies but Mon­day’s ef­fort will not have first-class sta­tus be­cause the Sri Lankans were able to use all 15 mem­bers of their tour­ing squad. Du Plooy even­tu­ally fell to Ku­mara, who earned his first two Test caps in a re­cent se­ries in Zim­babwe.

Cap­tain An­gelo Mathews and off-spin­ner Dil­ruwan Per­era both took two wick­ets. Du Plooy was the only South African bats­man to shine, with no other player mak­ing more than 25.

Ear­lier, fast bowler Duanne Olivier took three of the last four wick­ets as the Sri Lankans could only add 45 runs to their overnight to­tal of 328 for six. Olivier fin­ished with four for 54. It is the only warmup match for Sri Lanka, who start a three-Test se­ries against South Africa in Port El­iz­a­beth on De­cem­ber 26. — AFP

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