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Proteas build strong platform on day one

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 13, 2017
Proteas build strong platform on day one

After ending on day one for 338/3, South Africa have certainly ascertained themselves for much upward ascendency, as the third and final test against Sri Lanka in Wanderers, Johannesburg, transgresses.

The Proteas lost both their openers, Stephen Cook (10) and Dean Elgar (27) relatively early on in the innings in the 16th and 17th overs respectively and had certainly at that stage looked as though the side may have been shaken adrift.

The massive 292-run partnership, however, between Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, really built a stern platform for the Proteas to ignite from, heading into day two. What makes the partnership more fitting is that Amla reached his 100-run milestone, making an unbeaten 125, on his 100th test match for South Africa.

Duminy made it to a phenomenal 155 before edging the ball to second slip for a catch, which saw him depart. Both Duminy and Amla have also been struggling with some form of late, so it was a much-needed message that the pair ascertained with their solid performances with the bat.

Following Duminy’s departure, new debutant, Duanne Olivier, came in as the night’s watchman at the end of day one to adjoin Amla at the crease to get the show on the way for day two.

In a bid for the Proteas to polish off a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka, Amla told SuperSport that he was grateful for his 100th test milestone, as well as the milestone for reaching his 26th test century.

"I'm very grateful to reach 100 tests, but to me the silver lining is to be scoring runs after the last couple of test matches. I'm just glad to be playing this test match but scoring runs was my focus,” Amla said.

“When I first got in they bowled really well and I just stuck in and had a bit of fortune,” he added.

Image: Hashim Amla