Lakmal: Sri Lanka bowler takes first Test wicket of 2017

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Lakmal: Sri Lanka bowler takes first Test wicket of 2017

Lakmal: Sri Lanka bowler takes first Test wicket of 2017

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

AFP

Suranga Lakmal enjoyed the honour of picking up the first Test wicket of the calendar year in Sri Lanka's clash with South Africa on Monday.

Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal claimed the first Test wicket of 2017 when he dismissed South Africa opener Stephen Cook in the first over of the second Test on Monday.

Cook caught out for early duck

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.

Cook had made 59 and 117 in the first Test at Port Elizabeth which South Africa won by 206 runs, but on this occasion returned to the pavilion with zero.

Elgar brought up maiden runs of 2017

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

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (right) and players celebrate the dismissal of South African batsman Stephen Cook.

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