DURBAN (AFP) - Vishwa Fernando took four wickets as underdogs Sri Lanka heeded new captain Dimuth Karunaratne s name to "compete in each session" on the primary day of the primary check against South Africa at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

South Africa, overwhelming favourites against a team seemingly in disarray, have been bowled out for 235. Sri Lanka have been 49 for one on the close.


Left-arm establishing bowler Fernando dismissed each South African opening batsmen affordably because the hosts observed themselves floundering at 17 for 3 after being despatched in on a pitch which provided bounce and swing on a partially overcast morning.

Fernando, 27, playing in his fourth take a look at, went on to assert profession-fine figures of four for 62. Kasun Rajitha took three for 68.

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, batting at range six because South Africa picked five professional bowlers, gave the South African innings a few respectability by hitting 80 off 94 balls earlier than he turned into ultimate man out.

Sri Lanka misplaced Lahiru Thirimanne, stuck at the back of off Dale Steyn for nought, but Karunaratne batted expectantly to be 28 not out on the near, whilst new cap Oshada Fernando went on the assault whilst South African captain Faf du Plessis turned to spin bowling because the light diminished to complete on 17 no longer out.

Sri Lanka got here into the suit having misplaced six of their maximum recent seven exams and with several modifications in gambling personnel, which includes the losing of regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, and selectors.

Vishwa Fernando arguably owed his vicinity within the crew to the fact that 3 of Sri Lanka s leading rapid bowlers had been lacking because of damage. But he produced a tremendous beginning spell, having Dean Elgar caught at the back of and bowling Aiden Markram with a ball which swung lower back into the stumps.

Fernando brushed off Elgar with his fourth transport earlier than a run had been scored and should have had the wicket of Hashim Amla balls later. He appealed passionately for a leg before wicket selection and the Sri Lankans had been ruled to have taken too long earlier than requesting a assessment of umpire Aleem Dar s selection.

Replays showed the ball had pitched in line and might have hit the stumps - and that Sri Lanka s request for a evaluation had come 3 seconds before the most 15 seconds allowed.

The lapse was cheaper as Amla made simplest three earlier than being stuck low down at 2d slip by means of Kusal Mendis off Suranga Lakmal, who had an fantastic first spell of one for six in seven overs.

Temba Bavuma and Du Plessis rode out the early hurricane and regularly started out to alternate the momentum in a 72-run partnership which became ended inside the ultimate over earlier than lunch while Du Plessis changed into stuck down the legside by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella off Rajitha for 35.

Bavuma appeared the maximum confident of the South African batsmen however become run out for forty seven off 68 balls, with seven fours, whilst a instantly power by means of De Kock ricocheted off bowler Fernando s boot into the stumps on the bowler s give up. After numerous replays tv umpire Ian Gould determined Bavuma had narrowly didn't get his bat at the back of the crease.