South Africa lost late wickets to weaken a strong start to their Test series against Sri Lanka, finishing the opening day of the first Test on 268-5.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Proteas made steady progress at the Galle International Stadium before losing four wickets in the final session.
|South Africa: 268-5 (91 Overs)|
|Petersen||lbw||b D Perera||34||75||46|
|Elgar||c Chandimal||b Lakmal||103||244||187|
|du Plessis||c K Silva||b D Perera||80||245||196|
|Amla||c D Perera||b Herath||11||38||36|
|AB de Villiers||b Lakmal||21||65||48|
|de Kock||not out||17||32||33|
|Extras||0nb 0w 0b 2lb||2|
Left-handed opener Dean Elgar made 103, his second Test century, before being caught behind off Suranga Lakmal shortly after tea.
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His opening partner, Alviro Petersen, was the only man to fall in the opening two sessions—departing for 34 after being trapped lbw by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
Petersen called for a review, but Hawk-Eye justified umpire Richard Kettleborough's decision. Replays indicated it would be umpire's call by clipping leg stump.
Elgar and Faf du Plessis took the tourists through to 111-1 at lunch and then added a further 83 runs in the afternoon session.
After the 125-run partnership for the second wicket was ended, new SA captain Hashim Amla fell for just 11 after driving Rangana Herath straight to extra cover after being deceived in the flight.
Faf du Plessis was closing in on a fourth Test century but departed for 80 shortly before the close as an inside edge off Perera went to Kaushal Silva at short leg.
There was late drama as AB de Villiers was dismissed in the penultimate over of the day, bowled through the gate by Lakmal for 21.
This is a two-match series, with the second encounter in Colombo next week.