Amla and Duminy centuries have hosts in command
SOUTH AFRICA ended the first day of this third Test in a strong position thanks to a stunning performance from Hashim Amla on his 100th Test appearance.
Coming into the match against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers, Amla had gone ten innings without a fifty, but ended the day as the eighth man to score a ton on his centenary appearance with 125 not out leaving his side in control.
Between Amla and JP Duminy, who scored a tremendous 155 before Lahiru Kumara finally got the better of him, the pair put on a partnership of 292.
Sri Lanka had started with some promising intent, with Angelo Mathews trapping Stephen Cook for his first wicket in six Tests and South Africa slowly stumbling to 45-2 in the 17th over.
Like Cook, fellow opener Dean Elgar struggled with the change of ball in the morning session, and was nipped out by Lahiri Kumara to put Sri Lanka in a promising early position.
Sri Lanka hoped to build on their decent start after lunch but Duminy had different ideas, quickly and powerfully going through the motions to score 43 of the first 55 put on with Amla to eventually reach his century from just 140 balls.
Duminy’s approach allowed Amla an extended period of bedding-in, and after Dhananjaya de Silva failed to hold a catch with Amla on just five, the experienced number three quietly built a brilliant score.
It was a slow start to proceedings for South Africa, but having ended the day on 338 for 3, they are up and running now.
Ton up: Hashim Amla
South Africa 338-3 Sri Lanka Stumps, Day One