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Amla hits ton in landmark Test

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Hashim Amla marked his 100th Test with a century as a mammoth 292-run stand with JP Duminy saw South Africa dominate day one of the third Test with Sri Lanka.

The Proteas finished on 338-3 as, after two wickets in the morning session, the tourists’ bowlers were made to toil without reward until the penultimate over of the day.

Duminy was the man to go, edging to second slip to end a brilliant innings of 155 and give Lahiru Kumara his second wicket. Amla will resume on 125 with the Proteas on course to set a commanding first innings total.

After Faf du Plessis won the toss, the South African openers made a cautious start with only 15 coming from the first 10 boundary-less overs.

The runs did eventually start to flow but just as they were beginning to look settled, both Stephen Cook and Dean Elgar were dismissed within the space of six balls; Angelo Mathews trapping Cook (10) lbw and Elgar nicking Kumara to Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip.

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From 45-2, Amla and Duminy began to rebuild although by the time the 50 partnership came up after lunch, the former, having been dropped on five, had mustered only six.

Duminy brought up his half-century from 62 balls and with Amla beginning to get going, South Africa’s run rate rose quickly.

South Africa: 338/3 against Sri Lanka

Amla’s half-century arrived soon before tea and as his innings progressed, the Wanderers crowd were treated to a number of sumptuous drives through the offside from the Proteas No 3.

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A well-controlled edge down to third man brought up Duminy’s sixth Test century and Amla joined him on three figures by hitting Rangana Herath over the top for four, becoming just the eighth man to make a ton in his 100th Test.

There was at least one more positive for Sri Lanka on a day of struggle for them as Kumara removed Duminy shortly after the left-hander had gone past 150.

Duanne Olivier came in as night-watchman on his Test debut and will join Amla at the crease on Friday morning as South Africa attempt to pile on the runs on day two.

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