Shamsi spins his way to 5-wicket haul
TABRAIZ SHAMSI’S five for 45 spearheaded a tough workout for the Proteas bowlers on day one of the two-day warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board XI at the P.Sara Oval in Colombo yesterday.
The left-arm wrist spinner, along with leg-spinner Shaun von Berg (2/82,) led the strikes with the ball as the hosts were dismissed for 287 in 78.2 overs.
It was tough toil for the bowlers in hot and flat conditions, but the bowling loads were rotated strategically by captain, Faf du Plessis, after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn partnered up with the new ball after six months. Kagiso Rabada ran in with pace and aggression, and looked at his best after recovering from a lower back injury.
Lungi Ngidi (1/52) was the only seamer in the wickets column with the scalp of Sri Lanka’s captain, Angelo Mathews, who top-scored with 92. The bowlers got through three spells each on average, but Keshav Maharaj was battling illness.
In response, the Proteas will resume their innings on 17/1 on the final day today.