Sri Lanka's Lakmal claims first Test wicket of 2017

Right-arm pacer dismissed South Africa opener Stephen Cook in first over of the play on Monday

Afp January 02, 2017
Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (R) is congratulated by teammates as he walks the field during a bowling change during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. PHOTO: AFP

CAPE TOWN: Sri Lanka fast-bowler Suranga Lakmal had the honour of claiming the first Test wicket of 2017 when he dismissed South Africa opener Stephen Cook in the first over of the second Test on Monday.

Bowling on a grassy pitch and under an overcast sky, the 29-year-old right-armer enticed Cook to edge behind to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal off just the fourth ball at Newlands.

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Cook had made 59 and 117 in the first Test at Port Elizabeth which South Africa won by 206 runs.

Fellow opener Dean Elgar hit the first Test runs of the new year when he pushed for three through the covers.


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