Durban: Vishwa Fernando took four wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka heeded new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s name to "compete in each consultation" on the primary day of the primary check against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

South Africa, overwhelming favourites in opposition to a crew apparently in disarray, were bowled out for 235. Sri Lanka have been forty nine for one on the near.


Left-arm establishing bowler Fernando disregarded each South African beginning batsmen affordably because the hosts determined themselves floundering at 17 for three after being sent in on a pitch which supplied jump and swing on a partially overcast morning.

Fernando, 27, gambling in his fourth test, went on to claim profession-best figures of four for sixty two. Kasun Rajitha took 3 for 68.

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, batting at wide variety six because South Africa picked five professional bowlers, gave the South African innings some respectability with the aid of hitting 80 off ninety four balls earlier than he become ultimate guy out.

Sri Lanka misplaced Lahiru Thirimanne, caught in the back of off Dale Steyn for nought, but Karunaratne batted optimistically to be 28 no longer out on the close, even as new cap Oshada Fernando went at the attack when South African captain Faf du Plessis turned to spin bowling because the light dwindled to complete on 17 no longer out.

Sri Lanka got here into the fit having misplaced six in their maximum current seven exams and with several changes in playing employees, along with the losing of everyday captain Dinesh Chandimal, and selectors.

Fernando seizes opportunity

Vishwa Fernando arguably owed his vicinity within the team to the truth that 3 of Sri Lanka’s main rapid bowlers have been missing because of injury. However he produced a super beginning spell, having Dean Elgar stuck behind and bowling Aiden Markram with a ball which swung back into the stumps.

Fernando brushed off Elgar along with his fourth delivery before a run had been scored and must have had the wicket of Hashim Amla two balls later. He appealed passionately for a leg before wicket decision and the Sri Lankans were dominated to have taken too long earlier than asking for a review of umpire Aleem Dar’s choice.

Replays confirmed the ball had pitched in line and could have hit the stumps – and that Sri Lanka’s request for a overview had come three seconds before the most 15 seconds allowed.

In an analysis at some point of the lunch c language, SuperSport television showed the entire time among Dar turning down the enchantment and Karunaratne soliciting for a overview become 12 seconds — within the authorised time.

The lapse become cheaper as Amla made best 3 earlier than being caught low down at second slip with the aid of Kusal Mendis off Suranga Lakmal, who had an first-rate first spell of one for 6 in seven overs.

Temba Bavuma and Du Plessis rode out the early hurricane and progressively began to change the momentum in a seventy two-run partnership which turned into ended in the last over before lunch whilst Du Plessis become stuck down the legside by way of wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella off Rajitha for 35.

Bavuma looked the most assured of the South African batsmen but was run out for forty seven off sixty eight balls, with seven fours, whilst a straight power by using De Kock ricocheted off bowler Fernando’s boot into the stumps at the bowler’s stop. After numerous replays tv umpire Ian Gould decided Bavuma had narrowly did not get his bat in the back of the crease.