Tea South Africa 174 for 2 (Duminy 46*, Amla 18*, Lakmal 2-35) v Sri Lanka
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Two quick wickets from Suranga Lakmal pegged South Africa back after a century stand from their openers before an exhibition of driving from JP Duminy led their recovery to a comfortable 176 for 2 at tea in Port Elizabeth. Duminy hit nine fours, eight of them driven through cover or mid-off, while moving to 46 off 55 balls, while Hashim Amla ground his way to 18 off 66 at the other end in an unbroken 69-run stand for the third wicket.
It was a partnership of contrasts. The left-handed Duminy scorched the very first ball he faced to the cover boundary, while the right-handed Amla took 56 balls to hit his first four, stepping down the track to whip Rangana Herath wide of mid-on. Duminy flowed onto the front foot and got his head over the ball at every opportunity, while Amla was often crease-bound after making that big back-and-across trigger movement. Duminy found the gaps without even trying, while Amla timed drives and punches sweetly but straight to fielders. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka’s bowlers didn’t trouble either of them to any great extent after they had sent back Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar in the space of 3.5 overs.
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Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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