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Live ball-by-ball commentary of South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1

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Catch live ball-by-ball commentary of South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test day 1 here. South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first against Sri Lanka on Day 1 of Port Elizabeth Test on Boxing Day. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Commentary

  • South Africa are 39 for 0
  • Over 13. 8 runs. Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep. South Africa: 39/0 (rr 3.00)
  • 12.6 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. In-swinging back of a length, middle stump on the back foot pushing, to backward point for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
  • 12.5 FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot glancing, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.

    Four more, Elgar punishing the loose delivery once again, this time with a little tickle that races to the fine leg rope.

  • 12.4 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Chameera.
  • 12.3 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot flick, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

    Runs just beginning to flow a bit easier now, Pradeep straying onto Elgar’s pads allowing him to pick up another boundary through mid wicket.

  • 12.1 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • Over 12. 4 runs. Bowler: Angelo Mathews. South Africa: 31/0 (rr 2.58)
  • 11.6 FOUR! Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs.

    Cook spoils a good over with a compact punch through mid off. It wasn’t a half volley but the opener was still confident enough to get a decent stride in and play with the full face.

  • 11.5 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 11.4 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
  • 11.3 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 11.2 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, mis-timed to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 11.1 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • Over 11. 2 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. South Africa: 27/0 (rr 2.45)
  • 10.6 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to short extra cover for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
  • 10.5 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 10.4 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, inside edge to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Chameera.
  • 10.3 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Fernando.
  • 10.2 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 10.1 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • Over 10. 3 runs. Bowler: Angelo Mathews. South Africa: 25/0 (rr 2.50)
  • 9.6 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 9.5 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to point for no runs, fielded by Lakmal.
  • 9.4 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot glancing, to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Chameera.
  • 9.3 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot flick, hit pad to square leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • 9.2 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 9.1 Angelo Mathews to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot dropped, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Chameera.
  • Over 9. 5 runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. South Africa: 22/0 (rr 2.44)
  • 8.6 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Herath.
  • 8.5 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 8.4 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, inside edge to backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Chameera.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep cover for 4 runs.

    First real stroke of authority from Elgar, getting onto the front foot and punching this through cover with sumptuous timing. No real follow-through on the shot, just a firm punch.

  • 8.2 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Lakmal.
  • 8.1 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • Over 8. 3 runs. Bowler: Angelo Mathews. South Africa: 17/0 (rr 2.12)
  • 7.6 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump moves in front working, to square leg for no runs, fielded by Chameera.
  • 7.5 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
  • 7.4 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
  • 7.3 Angelo Mathews to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to point for no runs, fielded by Lakmal.
  • 7.2 Angelo Mathews to Dean Elgar. Length ball, off stump on the front foot dropped, to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Fernando.
  • 7.1 Angelo Mathews to Dean Elgar. In-swinging length ball, to leg on the front foot working, to deep backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Lakmal.
  • An early bowl for the captain, it’s Mathews into the attack.
  • Over 7. no runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. South Africa: 14/0 (rr 2.00)
  • 6.6 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 6.5 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 6.4 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • 6.3 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 6.2 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

    Lakmal beats the bat for the first time this morning with a beauty shaping away from the right-hander.

  • 6.1 Suranga Lakmal to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to extra cover for no runs, fielded by Mathews.
  • Over 6. 3 runs. Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep. South Africa: 14/0 (rr 2.33)
  • 5.6 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 5.5 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot defending, to gully for no runs, fielded by de Silva.
  • 5.4 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, inside edge to short leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • 5.3 Nuwan Pradeep to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 5.2 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Length ball, off stump on the front foot working, well timed to deep mid wicket for 3 runs, fielded by Herath.
  • 5.1 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • Over 5. no runs. Bowler: Suranga Lakmal. South Africa: 11/0 (rr 2.20)
  • 4.6 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 4.5 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 4.4 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 4.3 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 4.2 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. In-swinging short, down leg side ducked, to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • 4.1 Suranga Lakmal to Dean Elgar. In-swinging length ball, off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.
  • Over 4. 8 runs. Bowler: Nuwan Pradeep. South Africa: 11/0 (rr 2.75)
  • 3.6 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • 3.5 FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Length ball, off stump on the front foot working, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

    Elegant from Cook, this is an even better shot than the first boundary. Too straight from Pradeep and the timing is impeccable from the opener, the ball skipping to the fence with pace.

  • 3.4 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement defending, inside edge to short leg for no runs, fielded by Mendis.
  • 3.3 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Fernando.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Half volley, off stump on the front foot flick, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

    Cook opens the boundary account for the match, clipping with a flourish through mid wicket much to the delight of the crowd. The outfield isn’t the quickest but the ball still reaches the rope.

  • 3.1 Nuwan Pradeep to Stephen Cook. Out-swinging back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

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