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Cricket: Defiant Karunaratne carries bat for Sri Lanka with 158

GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne struck a defiant unbeaten hundred on his return to the aspect to provide the hosts a preventing first innings whole within the opening take a look at towards South Africa on Thursday.

Cricket – Sri Lanka v South Africa – First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka -July 12, 2018 – Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne (R) celebrates his century subsequent to captain Suranga Lakmal. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

The 30-year-old carried his bat by means of the Sri Lankan innings to stay unbeaten on 158 because the hosts completed on 287 after stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal gained the toss and selected to bat within the first of the two-test collection.

South Africa misplaced opener Aiden Markram to veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to succeed in 4 for one at stumps. Dean Elgar and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj had been on the crease.

The hosts’ common captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded responsible to a disciplinary breach through the aspect’s second take a look at towards West Indies final month and has opted to take a seat out of the collection towards South Africa.

The International Cricket Council, the world governing physique of the game, is because of announce a verdict within the case quickly.

On a turning floor at Galle, it was quick bowler Kagiso Rabada who did the utmost injury for the touring aspect with 4 wickets for 50. Left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi, taking part in solely his second take a look at, returned figures of Three-91.

Former tempo spearhead Dale Steyn, returning to the South African staff from damage having final performed a take a look at in January, picked up the wicket of Kusal Mendis for 24 to set off a mini collapse.

Rabada eliminated former captain Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in the identical over because the hosts misplaced three wickets for 4 runs to be left reeling at 119-5.

Experienced Karunaratne, again to open the batting for the hosts after lacking the West Indies tour resulting from damage, stitched collectively significant stands with Niroshan Dickwella, who made 18, and Lakshan Sandakan, the duo including 63 for the final wicket.

The left-handed batsman hit 13 fours and one six throughout his 222-ball unbeaten knock.

Cricket – Sri Lanka v South Africa – First Test Match – Galle, Sri Lanka -July 12, 2018 – Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne (R) celebrates his century subsequent to South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; modifying by Christian Radnedge

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