Proteus on Wednesday found that green terrain does not mean that the grass is greener.
The preparation of friendly surfaces is common in South Africa over the past two years when Otis Gibson and his accusations are trying to drive off rivals with a powerful attack.
And the daimons?
Well, they just have to deal.
However, what the protest failed to do was that Sri Lanka took such advantage of winning the first throw and bowling.
In fact, the visitors were energetic and to a great extent precise, dismissing the hosts for 235.
Then they held the new ball fairly well at the end of the day at 49/1, a deficit of 186.
Some may even claim that Sri Lanka is under control.
Proteas' supreme order looked extremely rusty after the victory over Pakistan.
Dean Elgar's poor mileage continued as he went outside, Hashim Amla could not benefit from a controversial leave when Sri Lanka apparently "lost" too much time with a review, and Aydin Markram was fully formed.
From the depths of 17/3 South Africa managed to get together.
Temba Bavuma was classic in making 47 before escaping Quinton de Kock's drift, while Faf du Plessis (35) was hunted.
His dismissal down his leg, though he felt unnecessary.
The supreme order, however, meant that the brilliant de Kok was left with the queue for the company again.
His team of 91 was brilliantly attacked – albeit surviving after losing the chance – and has a massive 101-meter shot of Kasun Rajita (3/68), but the Sri Lankans continue to deviate.
Vishwa Fernando's 4/62 was really impressive.
Dale Stein finished the 15-degree grief of Lajru Tireman, but the visitors were solid afterwards.
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