Durban offers faint hope for beleaguered Sri Lanka

Duanne Olivier of the Proteas during the South African national men's cricket team training session at Kingsmead Stadium

Duanne Olivier of the Proteas during the South African national men's cricket team training session at Kingsmead Stadium

"You know there's a lot of distractions and World cup is one of them playing a team that's not as on top of their game as they would like there's a lot of things happening in their camp for me we need to make sure we aware of that as a team and switched on so when the task goes up we make sure that we treating them the same amount of respect we would do with the top test teams in the world", Du Plessis.

"We were a bit unaware of the new guys. I think they caught us off guard", said De Kock who made 80. They are two solid bowlers and they will keep us in trouble through the series.

Some of the selection changes are due to injuries, with three leading fast bowlers ruled out, while some of the discards, such as former skipper Chandimal, struggled during series in New Zealand and Australia in what has been a gruelling southern hemisphere summer. But he produced a superb opening spell, having Dean Elgar caught behind and bowling Aiden Markram with a ball which swung back into the stumps.

During the opening day's play in the first Test, TV viewers were shown the private plans the South African bowlers had drawn up in an attempt to dismiss their opponents.

"The ball was swinging in the morning", he said.

By the time Karunaratne signalled for a review, the players were told they had taken too long - although it was shown afterwards they were three seconds inside the permitted 15 seconds for a request.

He was run out at the non-striker's end as de Kock's straight drive ricocheted off bowler Vishwa Fernando's foot and into the stumps.

The lapse was not costly as Amla made only three before he was caught at second slip off Suranga Lakmal for three in the sixth over.

The broadcast revealed the everything it could - South Africa's entire hit list of specific strategies to run through the Sri Lankan batting order.

Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 44 at the interval and held the key to the hosts posting a respectable total after they picked five bowlers, leaving room for only six specialist batsman.

The crew behind the lenses of South Africa's SuperSport were a central piece in shaping Australia's infamous ball tampering scandal during last year's series - and now they've struck again.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne was the wicket to fall, caught by wicketkeeper De Kock for a duck off seamer Dale Steyn.

The Proteas will be looking to continue their good form in Test matches after their series whitewash of Pakistan when they face Sri Lanka at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.

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