Quinton de Kock leads Proteas recovery against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka head to South Africa on the back of two very bad 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.

Bavuma looked the most assured of the South African batsmen but was run out for 47 off 68 balls, with seven fours, when a straight drive by De Kock ricocheted off bowler Fernando's boot into the stumps at the bowler's end.

He lost Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn along the way, but had guided South Africa to 235 before becoming the last wicket to fall.

"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.

Vishwa Fernando (4/62), playing just his fourth Test, and Kasun Rajitha (3/68), playing his fifth, were the chief destroyers for the visitors. De Kock, however, continued to play positive strokes and found an able partner in Keshav Maharaj as the duo scored 47 for the seventh wicket. The visitors made an exceptional start after opting to field to reduce the hosts to 17 for 3.

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Replays showed the ball had pitched in line and would have hit the stumps - and that Sri Lanka's request for a review had come three seconds before the maximum 15 seconds allowed.

Amla, however, wasn't able to use the reprieve and was caught behind for 3 in the seventh over. Sri Lanka, though, failed to sustain the pressure in the second hour of the session.

Twelve overs in, South Africa were three down, as Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram were back in the hut without doing much to trouble the scorers, leaving Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis to do the rebuilding job.

Their stand was ended in the last over before lunch when du Plessis was caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella off Kasun Rajitha for 35.

SA vs SL 1st Test Day 1 Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: Sri Lanka's Test series results in South Africa read 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 1-2, 0-3.

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