JOHANNESBURG: A maiden Test century by Theunis De Bruyn was enough to give Proteas a win in order to level the series score against Sri-Lanka at Sinhalese Club in Colombo on Monday.
With the hopes of getting the South African side a win De Bruyn and Temba Bavuma gave it their all as De bruuyn was bowled out with 101 in 232 balls and 12 fours.
Even though the Proteas did not win the match De Bruyn’s status in this match will for ever be special as he and Bavuma had an excellent play in this match.
This was De Bruyn’s debut Test match on the sub-continent while it was only Bavuma’s fifth, one of which was a virtual wash-out in Bangladesh, and they can both take a lot out of their performances looking ahead to the next visit to India.
Bavuma contributed the majority share (63 off 98 balls, 4 fours) to a partnership of 123 that was only six short of South Africa’s sixth wicket partnership record against Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s clinched a victories 79 runs win against England in their Youth One-Day series opener in Durham on Monday.
A half-century by Jonathan Bird and an impressive, four-wicket pull by Thando Ntini played a major role in the young South Africans win leaving them leading the series 1-0 in this three match crash.
The second match will take place on Thursday, 26 July in Newcastle, South Northumberland CC.