JP Duminy: 'Proteas should be in stronger position'

JP Duminy felt the hosts should have finished day one of the series in a better position, but still thinks they can get at least 350 on the board.

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South Africa batsman JP Duminy made a classy 63.

JP Duminy rued South Africa's inability to build on a strong start to the Boxing Day Test after  >Sri Lanka hit back on day one in Port Elizabeth.

Suranga Lakmal took 4 for 62 to leave the Proteas on 267 for 6 at stumps, having been 104 without loss following Faf du Plessis' decision to bat first.

Duminy made a classy 63 after Stephen Cook (59) and Dean Elgar (45) had laid a platform for South Africa to post a big total in their first innings.

Elegant left-hander Duminy felt the hosts should have finished day one of the series in a better position, but still thinks they can get at least 350 on the board.

"It was a bold move to bat on the wicket that we got, but I thought it was a positive one," said Duminy.

"The way Dean and Stephen started was exceptional, unfortunately we didn't capitalise on it. We will be disappointed with that; six down is probably two too many but we've still got two quality batters [Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander] there who can potentially get us over the 350 mark."

Duminy had no regrets over the manner of his dismissal after he was trapped leg before attempting to sweep Rangana Herath (2 for 48).

"I guess some ways it seems a bit soft, but I had a gameplan against Herath," he stated.

"I thought my gameplan was pretty solid and I don't think I'd change too many things in terms of the way I was thinking. It was just about the execution.

"The execution was not there, but it doesn't change the way I want to go about playing certain bowlers."