Pins Sri Lanka 49 for 1 (Karunaratne 28 *, Steyn 1-10) trail South Africa 235 all (de Kock 80, Bavuma 47, Vishwa 4-62) with 186 runs
Sri Lanka arrived in South Africa, obsessed with a bowling attack and a mild middle-class experience. Meanwhile, South Africa has its best bowling quartet in one generation, and the confidence that it has just surpassed Pakistan in all its formats. But after the first day in Kingsmith, there was not much to divide the two teams and, if anything, Sri Lanka was right in front of them.
Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis added 72 to keep pushing while Quinton de Kock's counterattack went beyond some of the cracks that only six South Africans had entered. Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha, who had a combined experience of seven tests, had a hand (or a boot) in eight of the ten doors, with South Africa pulled out for an hour or two at the last session.
Fernando picked up 4 for 62, while Rajita had 3 for 68 to rock the rest of South Africa. Then, with bat, Dimuth Karunaratne, captain and Oshada Fernando, one of Sri Lanka's two debtors, reduced the deficit to 186, taking Sri Lanka to 49 for 1 when the bad light forced the foams to 15 minutes.
The hosts dropped Theunis de Bruyn to play five bombers and bounce Sri Lanka, but the move put pressure on their highest turn. On both sides of the Bavuma booth with du Plessis and a partnership between de Kok and Keshaw Maharaj 47 hands, Sri Lanka made rapid raids on grassy terrains that did not offer much pace but kept the boots encouraged aside.
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