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Duminy ton puts South Africa in driver's seat

Sri Lanka ends day two on 30 without loss after visitor posts imposing 455 for 9 declared

JP Duminy struck a 206-ball unbeaten century to help South Africa to a healthy 455 for 9 declared.
JP Duminy struck a fine unbeaten century to put South Africa in control on Thursday (July 17), the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium. Duminy's 206-ball 100 not out helped the visitor, 268 for 5 overnight, post a healthy 455 for 9 declared. Kaushal Silva and Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lanka openers, then saw through the remaining overs to ensure Sri Lanka did not suffer any damage before stumps as it finished on 30 for no loss in 12 overs.

South Africa lost Dale Steyn, the nightwatchman, early when he was castled by Suranga Lakmal. Duminy joined Quinton de Kock and the duo featured in a brief partnership of 24 for the seventh wicket as the latter, playing in only his second Test, completed his maiden half-century. 

De Kock was eventually dismissed for 51 when Dilruwan Perera's off-spin induced an edge to hand Mahela Jayawardene his 198th catch, and Perera, his third wicket. Duminy, then on 9, went on to steal the show thereafter with a superb rearguard action, finding excellent support from Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, with whom he added valuable runs towards the end.

He first put on 75 with Philander, who played 96 balls for his 27 that contained three boundaries. Philander was trapped in front by Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, after which Duminy went on to add a further 66 with Morkel. Morkel struck four boundaries and consumed 74 balls for his 22 as the duo stayed at the crease for 27.3 overs and frustrated Sri Lanka's bowlers before Hashim Ama called the team in.

Perera was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, finishing with 4 for 162 from his 53.2 overs, while Lakmal's 33 overs fetched him figures of 3 for 75. 

In reply, Silva and Tharanga remained steady. Silva was batting on 8, while Tharanga, playing in his first Test match for Sri Lanka in six years, showed no signs of nervousness and struck four boundaries during his 40-ball knock to be unbeaten on 20 at stumps. 

Sri Lanka was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday when an injury to Shaminda Eranga reduced its bowling resources. Eranga split the webbing on his bowling hand and, as a result, could only bowl nine overs, with the injury requiring eight stitches. 

The second and final Test will be played in Colombo from July 24.

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