Sri Lanka Bring the Heat vs South Africa
Sri Lanka Bring the Heat vs South Africa, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Housen, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Suranga Lakmal was the star of the day for Sri Lanka, as he championed the cause of his team's bowling attack, as he ended the day having claimed 4 wickets, craftily dismantling the efforts of South Africa's stalwarts, Stephen Cook, Hashim Amla, Faf du Pleiss and Dean Elgar.
This string of attacks from Lakmal has now left the door wide open for Sri Lanka to quickly dispense of the other six wickets, pursue the chase and then declare after setting an insurmountable total. However, the South African counter-attack must not be underestimated, as right-arm fast bowlers, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, who promise to pose a formidable challenge for South Africa.
On the first day of their first test at the St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa was started off commendably with the bat, but their strong initial surge eventually gave way to a shower of wickets brought on by the combination of Lakmal and slow left-arm orthodox, Rangana Herath.
Stephen Cook was brimming with hope and fervour, as he opened with a fair 59 runs before he was caught by Dinesh Chandimal off of a ball from Lakmal; while Dean Elgar looked to anchor Cook's performance with 45 runs of his own, but his journey was also soon cut short by none other than the very same pair that had disposed of Cook.
JP Duminy, who ended with the highest total for the day, looked to be the man fit for the task of resurrecting the slum that South Africa had crept into after Hashim Amla managed only 20 runs before being dismissed. However, Duminy became just another victim, sacrificing his wicket courtesy of an lbw off a ball from Herath.
Overall, strategic choices of bowlers to suit the unpredictable surface served the Sri Lankan's mightily, as the South African batsmen seemed caught off balance by the approach of both Lakmal and Herath. Tomorrow's turnaround of the innings is anticipated eagerly, as the fire of revenge has been kindled and burns within the hearts of the South African bowlers.