Faf du Plessis falls for 199, South Africa on top of struggling Sri Lanka

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Faf du Plessis fell for 199 to overlook out on a primary profession take a look at double-century however that was the one disappointment for South Africa because it took full management of the primary take a look at Monday in opposition to a Sri Lanka staff battered by accidents.

Du Plessis’ career-best rating despatched South Africa to 621 all out at SuperSport Park on Day Three and a 225-run first-innings lead.

Sri Lanka’s powerful place was exacerbated by the truth that it has had 5 gamers injured within the opening three days of the take a look at, with three of them dominated out for the remaining of the sport.

Du Plessis’ huge hundred, and half-centuries from 4 different South African batsmen, worn out Sri Lanka’s early benefit. The vacationers made 396 of their first innings — their finest complete in South Africa — and had been feeling good about their possibilities after the primary day-and-a-half in Centurion.

Those optimistic Sri Lankan vibes disappeared by the top of Day 3.

The South Africans additionally made inroads within the subject within the 12 overs they bowled earlier than stumps as Lungi Ngidi struck twice within the house of two overs late within the day.

Sri Lanka was 65-2 in its second innings and nonetheless 160 behind when Dinesh Chandimal (21 not out) limped off at stumps alongside Kusal Perera (33 not out).

Chandimal reached the sting of the sector earlier than being picked up by a medic on a golf buggy and carried away, the most recent Sri Lankan fear in what is likely to be the worst run of accidents for a staff in a take a look at.

“The way it (the injuries) went today, I’ve never seen that,” Sri Lanka batting coach Grant Flower stated.

Allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva and quick bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara had been undoubtedly dominated out for the remaining of the sport, Flower stated, whereas legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Chandimal could be assessed in a single day.

De Silva was injured whereas batting on the primary day, Rajitha went off after bowling simply 13 deliveries on the second day, and the opposite three all received injured on Monday.

Flower stated it’s possible that Sri Lanka’s lack of any four-day cricket within the buildup to this two-test tour as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic meant the gamers had been out of situation. It was unclear what number of Sri Lankans may be capable to make it out on the sector to bat on the fourth day.

Flower stated all that was left now was for the match gamers to indicate some grit.

“You can’t be chicken. You’ve got to go out there and fight,” he stated.

Du Plessis made essentially the most of the depleted Sri Lankan bowling assault for his career-best rating, cracking 24 fours. Freed from the stress of being captain — it was du Plessis’ first take a look at since stepping down as skipper — he made his first take a look at hundred in two years and the 10th of his profession.

He wasn’t the one one to money in. Dean Elgar made 95 and Aiden Markram 68 of their 141-run opening stand on Sunday. Temba Bavuma hit 71 in a 179-run stand with du Plessis, after which tailender Keshav Maharaj added to the ache for the Sri Lankans along with his finest take a look at rating of 73.

It appeared du Plessis’ double-century would top off the day for the South Africans however, needing one run for his 200, he tried to hit over the top and lobbed a catch to Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne at mid-on.

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