Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Quinton de Kock leads Proteas recovery against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead

Quinton de Kock leads Proteas recovery against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead

Underdogs Sri Lanka, seemingly in disarray going into the match, reached 49 for one at the close to finish the day in a strong position.

"We were a bit unaware of the new guys".

"The two new guys - we hadn't seen much. We will have to figure out how we go about getting wickets".

Asked what specific problems Fernando and Rajitha caused, De Kock said: "The angle of their bowling, the skills they had, their actions, the skiddiness, the bounce". They are two solid bowlers and they will keep us in trouble through the series.

The pace attack of Sri Lanka is depleted with injuries to Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera but Suranga Lakmal is back whilst Oshada Fernando, Mohmed Shiraz and Lasith Embuldeniya have been named in the squad with all three hoping to earn their first cap.

Fernando (4-62) impressed with the new ball, removing openers Dean Elgar (0) and Aiden Markram (11) early.

Even so, South Africa's battery of fast bowlers are likely to test their largely inexperienced opponents with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, a formula which has helped South Africa win their most recent six Test matches at home.

He said SuperSport have seven dedicated cameras that are instructed to follow the ball at all times during play - and said that is how they were able to catch Bancroft red-handed.

Sri Lanka head to South Africa on the back of two 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. "Sri Lanka have shown some good intent within their batsmen and will look to score quickly".

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

The lapse was affordable as Amla made only three before being caught low down at second slip by Kusal Mendis off Suranga Lakmal, who had an outstanding first spell of one for six in seven overs.

Where is South Africa vs Sri Lanka taking place? . Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis put on 72 for the fourth wicket before Du Plessis was caught down the leg side off Rajitha for 35.

But he was run out for 47 off 68 balls, with seven fours, when a straight drive by De Kock richocheted off bowler Fernando's boot into the stumps at the bowler's end.

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 embarrassing moment immediately had many social media users comparing it to the role TV cameramen played in exposing Australia's ball-tampering scandal last March.

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