Stephen Cook slams century as South Africa in control vs Sri Lanka

Updated: Dec 29, 2016, 09:51 IST | AFP

Stephen Cook hit a century as South Africa took control on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George's Park


South Africa's Stephen Cook

Port Elizabeth: Stephen Cook hit a century as South Africa took control on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George's Park yesterday. South Africa were 351 for five at the close, an overall lead of 432 on a ground where no team has successfully chased more than 271 in the fourth innings.

In contrast to the first two days, South Africa scored freely against a lacklustre bowling attack on a pitch which seemed to have flattened out.

Cook made 117 to lead a powerful batting performance by the hosts. He shared century partnerships with Dean Elgar (52) and Hashim Amla (48). Cook and Elgar put on 116 for the first wicket, their second three-figure opening stand of the match. Then Cook and Amla added 105 for the second wicket as the Sri Lanka bowlers and fielders wilted. South Africa scored 182 runs off 40 overs in an extended post-lunch period.

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