Karunaratne Ton Lifts Sri Lanka To 287 On Tough Day One
Muhammad Rameez 4 days ago Thu 12th July 2018 | 09:36 PM
Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 158 to lift Sri Lanka to 287 all out against South Africa on day one of the first Test in Galle on Thursday.
Galle, Sri Lanka, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Jul, 2018 ) :Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 158 to lift Sri Lanka to 287 all out against South Africa on day one of the first Test in Galle on Thursday.
Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada claimed four wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 176-8 but Karunaratne blasted a 222-ball knock after the hosts elected to bat first.
In response South Africa were in trouble at four for one at stumps after veteran spinner Rangana Herath got Aiden Markram out for nought.
"I want to bat till the last. It helps me to increase my average as well. That's what I want to do every time I go to bat," Karunaratne said on registering his fourth 150 plus score in Tests.
Rabada, who came back after an injury, returned figures of 4-50, while Shamsi took three wickets.
Rabada had made the first breakthrough for South Africa, dismissing Danushka Gunathilaka with a delivery that rose sharply and got the batsman caught behind for 26.
He then struck twice in his sixth over of the day, removing Angelo Mathews, for one, and Roshen Silva, for nought, shortly after lunch.
"I'd say it's probably even. The guys batted really well towards the end," said Shamsi.
"But credit goes to their tail, they really hung around with the end batsmen and did the job." But Karunaratne rarely attempted to counter attack, preferring instead to steadily build his innings, which featured 13 fours and an impressive six off Dale Steyn in the first session.
Sri Lanka's regular captain Dinesh Chandimal is suspended for the two-match series, after pleading guilty to breaching the spirit of cricket during the team's Test tour of West Indies last month. Suranga Lakmal is stand-in-captain.
"Although we are without our captain and coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) the team's mental state is very high," said Karunaratne.
"If you look at our last Test we played without Chandimal and won in West Indies and we are still in that same frame of mind for this series," he added.