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South Africa declare, set Sri Lanka 487

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/12/2016

South Africa declared their second innings on 6-406 less than an hour into day four of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday, with captain Faf du Plessis deciding a lead of 487 runs was enough to now press for victory.

Du Plessis was 67 not out, and made his declaration when partner Quinton de Kock was given out lbw for 69. That ended their stand of 129 off 158 balls, the third century partnership of South Africa's second innings.

Stephen Cook top-scored with 117 on day three, sharing century stands with Dean Elgar (52) and Hashim Amla (48) to put the Proteas in a dominant position in the series opener.

Sri Lanka's bowlers struggled, with part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva returning the best figures of 2-91.

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