2020-21 Test Cricket Day 1 Debrief of the 1st Test, South Africa v Sri Lanka in Centurion

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Sri Lanka have won the toss and chose to bat first here in Centurion. Dimuth Karunathe fired off immediately with the bat as he chosen earlier. But Lungi Ngidi got him out for 22. Lungi bowled a great straight ball. And it forced Karunathe chopped that nothing shot via the gate.

Lungi can also be a team player when he got the catch up high off Kusal Mendis. It is great to see Anrich Nortje add that short ball spice. And the fault comes down to Mendis at first drop. South Africa won the 1st session at 94/3 with an additional scalp claimed by Wiaan Mulder. It may nearly 2 years since he last played his only test. But he bowled targeted the short ball well. That made Kusal Perera basically edged straight to the keeper.

The early start launched by South Africa unfortunately went on hold. Dinesh Chandimal & Dhananjaya Da Silva kept their batting so simple. The footwork and shot selection stayed low. And that helped secured their respective half-ton. The recovery still goes on at 212/3 at tea for Sri Lanka. Despite a hip strain from Da Silva. Things look so quiet here for SA.

And it took beyond a session before SA finally got their man. Thanks to Mulder who got Chandimal on 85 runs. He bowled a very good wide ball with spice. Dinesh had no idea what he was doing when Aiden Markram catched at slip. Not only he ripped one of the SL best players today. But also another one with the LBW to deny Niroshan Dickwella on just 49.

It did stop Sri Lanka from reaching 300 though. Thanks to the hard work turned around after lunch. And added 40 runs by the tail end before the end of Day 1. The away team lost a late wicket though from Lutho Sipamla. There has been lots of slack from him yesterday. We saw him struggle both the fielding & opening the ball. But Lutho was relieved to clean bowl Wanindu Hasaranga on a cameo 18. He hopes to do more damage. And prove that his debut run is not a one show blunder.

The fightback is there from Sri Lanka who won lunch, tea and stumps. They want to bat as long as they can. And see if Da Silva can recover from his hip/hamstring. It would be a big boost from this fella to convert a possible 100. A plan B would be needed should Da Silva unable to come back. Best for SL declare by lunch or tea.

South Africa had the best start all morning with the ball. But the errors and missed chances held them accountable. Despite two good stars doing so well in Lungi Ngidi and Wiaan Mulder. They are unable to find the right areas. And little to no spice to silence Chandimal, Da Silva and Dickwella. SA now rested from yesterday and should get the job done now. So the batting has to be tested. And build a big total what SL first set with the bat. It would otherwise be chaos if gone wrong.

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