Sri Lanka’s Lakmal takes first Test wicket of 2017

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Sri Lanka's Lakmal takes first Test wicket of 2017
Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (R) and players celebrate the dismissal of South African batsman Stephen Cook (not in picture) during their second Test on January 2, 2017 in Cape Town. (PHOTO: AFP)

Sri Lanka seamer 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.

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 the left-hander pushed for three through the covers.

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