Centurion Check | Du Plessis makes 199 as S Africa take command in opposition to Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka closed on 65 for 2 of their second innings with Kusal Mendis (33 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal (21 not out) on the crease.

Faf du Plessis made a career-best 199 as South Africa prospered within the first check in opposition to Sri Lanka with an enormous first-innings rating of 621 and a lead of 160 on day three on Monday.

Sri Lanka closed on 65 for 2 of their second innings with Kusal Mendis (33 not out) and Dinesh Chandimal (21 not out) on the crease.

Dwelling seamer Lungi Ngidi (2-28) picked up each wickets to fall, bowling captain Dimuth Karunaratne (6) with a supply that stored low, earlier than Kusal Mendis (0) edged to slide.

Du Plessis fell wanting a serious milestone with a poor collection of shot as he tried to carry leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (4-171) over mid-on, however as a substitute provided a easy catch to Karunaratne.

He confronted 276 balls and hit 24 fours, a masterful show of batting on a wicket that was not simple for batsmen with tempo and variable bounce.

Sri Lanka had toiled within the area as accidents severely hampered their bowling assault, with seamer Kasun Rajitha managing solely 2.1 overs, fellow fast Lahiru Kumara pressured off early and Hasaranga limping alongside after a sliding save on the boundary.

That they had began the innings with out spinner Dhananjaya de Silva, who suffered a thigh harm whereas batting and has been dominated out for 2 weeks.

South Africa had resumed on 317 for 4, with Du Plessis and Temba Bavuma (71) sharing a file fifth-wicket stand for the crew in opposition to Sri Lanka of 179.

It was damaged in weird circumstances when Bavuma walked from the sphere following an attraction for caught behind. He was not given out by the umpire, and replays steered he had missed the ball by an excellent inch.

Du Plessis additionally placed on a file seventh wicket stand in opposition to Sri Lanka of 133 with Keshav Maharaj (73), who went to his highest check rating earlier than he was the final batsman out.

South Africa have added fit-again quick bowler Kagiso Rabada to their squad for the second and last check beginning in Johannesburg on Jan. 3. (Reporting by Nick Stated, enhancing by Ed Osmond)

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