Markram, Elgar produce first opening century for Proteas in yonks

Openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar made mild work of the Sri Lanka bowling assault with a brisk partnership of 142 to put a strong basis for South Africa on day two of the Boxing Day Check in Centurion.

Markram and Elgar began the Proteas’ response after Sri Lanka posted a primary innings complete of 396 the place debutant Lutho Sipamla returned with figures four/75 and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder with three/69.

Their partnership, which got here off 177 balls, was damaged after lunch when Markram’s thick edge was caught by alert Dasun Shanaka at gully from the bowling of Vishwa Fernando.

The efforts of Markram, who registered his seventh half-century, and Elgar, who registered his 15th half-century, produced SA’s first 100 partnership for the primary wicket after 43 Check innings.

Identical to the Proteas bowlers on Saturday, the largely inexperienced Sri Lankan bowling assault of Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara struggled in software.

When umpires referred to as tea, the Proteas had been on 180/1 after 38 overs with Elgar having scored 86 off 112 and Rassie van der Dussen sitting on eight off 26 and a deficit of 216 runs.