Captain Dimuth Karunaratne led Sri Lanka A from the front to give his side a much better start to the opening day of their second four-day ‘Test’ match against South Africa A at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday.
Faf du Plessis had won the toss for the second match in a row but, unlike the first match in which the home side bowled their visitors out inside of 45 overs, this time Sri Lanka batted through to the close, reaching 290/8 in 87.2 overs.
There were solid contributions most of the way down the order although Karunaratne (83 off 148 balls, 11 fours and a six) produced the stand-out performance. He was well supported by Sachithra Serasinghe (53 off 96 balls, 4 fours).
For the second innings in a row Ryan McLaren (3/32 in 20 overs) was the most successful bowler for South Africa A while Pumelela Matshikwe and Simon Harmer took two wickets each.
Thami Tsolekile took six catches to take his total for the series to 13.
South Africa A made several changes to give as many squad members as possible some game time with off spinner Harmer and batsman Temba Bavuma making their first appearances at South Africa A level.