Proteas declare after Duminy century

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Sri Lanka reached 30 for none at stumps on day two of the first Test against South Africa in Galle, trailing by 425 runs after JP Duminy's century saw the visitors declare on 455 for nine in the evening.

Sri Lanka reached 30 for none at stumps on day two of the first Test against South Africa in Galle, trailing by 425 runs after JP Duminy's century saw the visitors declare on 455 for nine in the evening.

The morning saw the visitors lose two wickets for not many runs, but Duminy and Vernon Philander were solid in the afternoon, until Morne Morkel took over from Big Vern when he departed in the second hour after lunch.

Morkel then stuck with Duminy until he scored his ton, before being bowled and triggering the declaration late in the evening. Sri Lanka then had to bat for 12-odd overs and resisted the new ball attack from Dale Steyn and Morkel.

The Proteas began the day on 268 for five, having lost four wickets in the evening session the night before. Quinton de Kock was already established, but Steyn, sent in late as the night watchman, had yet to get off the mark.

Steyn was only able to make three runs though, before a beautiful yorker from Suranga Lakmal sent his bails flying in the first hour. this brought Duminy in to join De Kock, an impressive pairing for so low down the order.

De Kock went on to make his maiden Test half century, off 86 balls, but was undone by Dilruwan Perera four balls and one run later. Mahela Jayawardene took a sharp catch as De Kock left the field as the youngest Proteas half-centurion in Tests, at just 21.

The rest of the session was seen out by Duminy and number one Test all-rounder Philander, who reached three by lunch. Duminy was on 22 as the Proteas danced to combat the spin Rangana Herath produced.

After the break, the pair continued to resist the spin, which got more prodigious by the over. Philander used up 96 balls for his 27 runs, before being trapped LBW by Angelo Mathews. Philander reviewed it, but Umpire's Call sent him packing.

Morkel then joined Duminy and they put on 25 in the 10 overs before tea, pushing the score past the 400 mark, which is notoriously difficult to reach at this ground. Duminy was on 72 at tea, and Morkel on nine, including a flashy four.

The pair went on to put on 66 together, batting for most of the evening session at less than three to the over. Duminy inches his way towards his fourth Test century, and reached it off 206 balls.

The next delivery saw Morkel bowled though, out for 22 to Dilruwan. This prompted Amla to wave them inside, leaving the hosts 12 overs to get through. Upul Tharanga was on 20 at the close, and Kaushal Silva on eight.

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