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Lakmal takes first Test wicket of 2017

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal reacts during the second day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on December 28, 2016 at the Port Elizabeth cricket ground in Port Elizabeth.
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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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