Hashim Amla Attacked On The Sri Lankan Bowlers


DURBAN: Hashim Amla led South Africa's fightback afterwards Sri Lanka addled three aboriginal assault on the additional day of the additional Test bout at Kingsmead on Tuesday.

South Africa were 100 for three at tea in acknowledgment to a Sri Lankan aboriginal innings of 338 in which Thilan Samaraweera fabricated a aeon and Marchant de Lange took seven wickets on debut.

Amla addled a chatty 52 not out and bedeviled an best third wicket angle of 73 with AB de Villiers (23 not out). The brace came calm afterwards South Africa absent their aboriginal three wickets for 27 runs.

De Lange's abstracts of seven for 81 were the best recorded by any bowler in Test matches in 2011 and put him at the top of an amazing crop of eight bowlers who accept taken bristles or added wickets in an innings in their aboriginal Test bout this year.

Samaraweera fabricated 102 afore he was aftermost man out. He became alone the additional Sri Lankan to hit a Test aeon in South Africa, abutting Hashan Tillekeratne, who fabricated 104 at Centurion in 2002-03.

Samaraweera and Rangana Herath balked the South African bowlers at the alpha of the day, abacus 46 to the brief absolute of 289 for seven, with Samaraweera batting anxiously to ability his 13th Test aeon off 265 balls.

After Samaraweera accomplished his hundred, Herath top-edged a advance adjoin De Lange and was bent by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for 30. He had an escape on seven back he played a agnate attempt adjoin Morne Morkel and was bent by the bowler, alone for Morkel to be no-balled afterwards adjudicator Richard Kettleborough asked for a review. It was the additional time in the alternation Morkel was denied a wicket afterwards a analysis on area his advanced bottom had landed.

The tall, strongly-built De Lange bound captivated up the innings, accepting Chanaka Welegedera bent at abbreviate leg fending off a abandoned bouncer afore Samaraweera was bent at abysmal cover.

Only two South Africans accept accomplished bigger abstracts on admission than De Lange, who was a backward backup for the afflicted Vernon Philander, who additionally fabricated an aberrant alpha to his Test career, with four five- wicket hauls in his aboriginal three matches, including bristles for 15 on admission adjoin Australia.

The best abstracts by a South African on admission are eight for 64 by Lance Klusener adjoin India in Kolkata in 1996-97.

Chanaka Welegedera had a duke in all three South African dismissals, which came at a amount of bristles runs. South Africa accomplished 22 for no wicket after Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph attractive in any agitation afore Rudolph played a apart angle adjoin Thisara Perera and was bent at continued leg by a diving Welegedera.

Welegedera again addled alert with his left-arm clip bowling, accepting South African captain Graeme Smith bent abaft for 15 and Jacques Kallis bent at additional blooper after scoring.

Amla and De Villiers had to clean but Amla did so with sweetly-timed strokes, mainly on the off side, as he accomplished 50 off 69 assurance with ten fours. (AFP)

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