South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2, Durban

Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019- All you need to know

Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019- All you need to know

"They bowled really well, they didn't miss their lengths often and they made us work hard for what we got". But with those new guys, the batsmen have had a feel of them now, and we'll come back and see how we are going to go about it. "I think they caught us off guard", said De Kock who made 80. "The angle of their bowling, their skills, different actions and the way the ball skids or bounces is all a bit different", De Kock said after his face-saving innings. "They are two solid bowlers and they will give us trouble throughout the series, so we will just have to keep our eyes open for them".

Fernando took two wickets in his first spell _ removing openers Dean Elgar (0) and Aiden Markram (11) _ and finished with 4-62 as Sri Lanka jumped at the chance to put South Africa in to bat on a green pitch at Kingsmead that offered as much help to bowlers as it promised.

Fernando arguably owed his place in the team to the fact that three of Sri Lanka's leading fast bowlers were missing because of injury.

While left-armer Vishwa largely seamed the ball into the right-handed batsmen, Rajitha bowled mostly outswingers, as the pair posed a variety of questions through the day.

Sri Lanka head to South Africa on the back of two terrible performances in Australia in which they struggled badly with the bat after failing to deal with the fast tracks and pace bowling which saw them manage just 647 runs from four innings.

Replays showed the ball had pitched in line and would have hit the stumps, which would have resulted in the original decision being overturned if a review had been allowed.

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"It is the umpire's word", said Fernando.

Temba Bavuma and Du Plessis rode out the early storm and gradually started to change the momentum in a 72-run partnership which was ended in the last over before lunch when Du Plessis was caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella off Rajitha for 35.

The lapse proved low-priced, however, as Amla was caught at second slip off Lakmal for three before Fernando produced the ball of the day to bowl Markram for 11.

Pressure will be on South Africa but they have the luxury of five bowlers.

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Sri Lanka will start on 49 for 1 after a poor stroke saw Thirimanne fall for a 15-ball duck.

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