Amla and Du­miny cen­turies have hosts in com­mand

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE & INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Matt Bishop

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

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