Shamsi spins his way to 5-wicket haul

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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