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De Kock half-century takes South Africa up to 331-7

GALLE, Sri Lanka -- Quinton de Kock scored his maiden test half-century Thursday as South Africa reached 331-7 at lunch on the second day of the first test against Sri Lanka.

De Kock struck 51 off 90 balls with six fours as South Africa made steady progress after resuming at 268-5.

Jean-Paul Duminy (22) and Vernon Philander (3) were not out at the break.

Left-hander De Kock, playing only his second test, carried his form from the preceding one-day series that South Africa won 2-1.

De Kock struck a century in the one-day series decider and looked set for a big score Thursday before he was caught by Mahela Jayawardene at slip off a delivery from Dilruwan Perera that turned viciously to give a glimpse of what can be expected from the pitch in the coming days.

Earlier, Lakmal bowled Dale Steyn with a yorker after the batsman, who was yet to score overnight, made three runs off 20 balls.

Both Perera and Lakmal have taken three wickets each so far.

South Africa is looking to maintain its admirable away record and has not lost a series abroad since its last tour of Sri Lanka in 2006 under Ashwell Prince.

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South Africa cricketer JP Duminy looks back after hitting a ball to the boundary at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on Thursday, July 17. (AFP)

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