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Faf du Plessis stressed they aren't taking Sri Lanka lightly.

The players are back, onus on de Kock to give South Africa a fighting score ...

TEA - South Africa 181 for 7

Just like the first session, Sri Lanka got the much-needed breakthrough early into the session. Temba Bavuma (47) was run out in the fifth over of the session. De Kock smashed a full delivery back to the bowler but the ball struck Vishwa Fernando's foot and crashed into the stumps at the bowler's stump. Bavuma's bat was on the line as South Africa lost their fifth wicket.

Vernon Philander was caught in a tangle trying to pull a short ball and gave a simple catch back to Kasun Rajitha as South Africa slipped to 131 for 6. De Kock continued to play positive strokes and found an able partner in Keshav Maharaj as the duo scored 47 for the seventh wicket. Maharaj was caught behind with Fernando getting one to leave the batsman from around the wicket. Maharaj went for the review but replays showed there was a faint edge.

Earlier, Sri Lanka bossed the first session with four wickets despite a 72-run stand between Faf du Plessis and Bavuma. The visitors made an exceptional start after opting to field to reduce the hosts to 17 for 3. Dean Elgar was dismissed for a duck in the second over while Hashim Amla was given a reprieve when an lbw appeal was turned down against him. There was more drama as Sri Lanka were denied a review. While the visitors did ask for a review, their request was denied as the on-field umpires - Aleem Dar and Richard Kettlebrough - felt they had taken more than 15 seconds to make up their mind. Replays showed that the ball pitched in line and was crashing into the stumps. Not only that, Sri Lanka had in fact asked for a review when only 13 seconds had passed.

Amla, however, wasn't able to use the reprieve and was caught behind for 3 in the seventh over. Aiden Markram was bowled by an incoming delivery by Fernando as South Africa found themselves reeling with not much on the board. Sri Lanka, though, failed to sustain the pressure in the second hour of the session. Both Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma were offered plenty of poor deliveries and they picked up the much-needed runs to take the team past 50 in the 17th over. The duo scored 72 for the fourth wicket but the South Africa captain fell in the last over before lunch - caught behind down the leg side off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha.

MAHARAJ FALLS: A good innings from him but he's gets a good one. Fernando comes around the wicket and gets one to move it away. Faint edge and easy catch for the 'keeper. He went of the review but replays showed there was a clear edge.

South Africa 178 for 7

SIX DOWN: The good run for Sri Lanka continues. Philander doesn't last long either. Short ball and he wanted to pull. The ball didn't climb enough and the batsman was left in a tangle. The ball lobbed up for an easy catch and Rajitha was quick to pouch that.

South Africa 131 for 6

SO CLOSE: Bavuma is run out. He falls for 47 and is extremely unlucky. Full and drive back to the bowler. The ball hits the leg of Fernando and crashes into the stumps. His bat was on the line.

South Africa 110 for 5

GOOD REVIEW: Given out caught behind, de Kock takes a review straight away. The ball from Lakmal took the elbow before it was caught by the 'keeper. Replays show the 'keeper grassed the catch and then claimed it as well.

South Africa 101 for 4

Alright then, the players are back, Quinton de Kock is the new man in. It will be interesting to see how Sri Lanka maintain the pressure against the aggressive nature of de Kock ...

LUNCH - SOUTH AFRICA 89 for 4

Sri Lanka were just exceptional in the first 35 minutes of play that saw all three wickets falling. Fernando struck in his very first over, the second of the innings, to have Dean Elgar caught behind with one that came back in with the left-armers angle and took the outside edge. There was more drama in that over as an appeal for caught behind against Hashim Amla was turned down. On the last ball of the second over, Amla was pinged plumb in front but Sri Lanka had their appeal turned down once again.

While the visitors did ask for a review, their request was denied as the on field umpires - Aleem Dar and Richard Kettlebrough - felt they had taken more than 15 seconds to make up their mind. Replays showed that the ball pitched in line and was crashing into the stumps. Not only that, Sri Lanka had asked for a review when only 13 seconds had passed.

Amla, however, wasn't able to use the reprieve and fell for 3 in the seventh over. Lakmal got the ball to move away and had the right-hander in two minds. Amla was a touch too late to withdraw the bat and the ball took the edge and landed with Kusal Mendis at second slip. Aiden Markram was bowled by an incoming delivery by Fernando as South Africa found themselves reeling with not much on the board.

Sri Lanka, though, failed to sustain the pressure in the second hour of the session. Both Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma were offered plenty of poor deliveries and they picked up the much-needed runs to take the team past 50 in the 17th over. The duo scored 72 for the fourth wicket but the South Africa captain fell in the last over before lunch - caught behind down the leg side off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha.

50-RUN STAND: Sri Lanka have leaked boundaries and the half-century stand between du Plessis and Bavuma is up.

South Africa 67 for 3

50 UP: Sri Lanka have let things slip just a touch. Both du Plessis and Bavuma have been offered plenty of poor deliveries and they have picked up the much-needed runs.

THREE DOWN: Fernando is on fire. Full and on the stumps, comes back just a touch, clips the pad and crashes into the stumps.

South Africa 17 for 3

AMLA FALLS: Justice for Sri Lanka? You'd think so. Length ball from Lakmal and Amla wanted to leave that. He was a little too late to take his bat away and the ball took the face of the bat and flew to slips. Clean catch but Amla didn't move. It was sent upstairs and the soft signal was not out. Replays show it was a clean catch. Some early trouble for South Africa.

South Africa 9 for 2

GUESS WHAT? The broadcasters put out the time clock and it showed only 13 seconds had passed. Sri Lanka really unlucky here.

AMLA SURVIVES: Fernando could have had his second wicket but Sri Lanka took too long. When they eventually went for the review, 15 seconds were done and they weren't allowed to review. Full ball and it pitched in line. That one was crashing into the off stump.

FIRST ONE: Sri Lanka get the much-needed early breakthrough. Vishwa Fernando strikes in the second over. Length ball and it comes in with the angle, Elgar got forward and poked at the one. Outside edge lands with the 'keeper. South Africa have lost a wicket and don't have a run on the board.

Alright then, Markram and Elgar are out to open, Lakmal to start with the ball for Sri Lanka and we are all set ...

TOSS - Sri Lanka have opted to field.

South Africa: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Duanne Olivier

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Embuldeniya

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Durban.

It has been a tough few months for Sri Lankan cricket. Having been ambushed 3-0 at home by England, they started their southern hemisphere sojourn on a promising note, drawing their first Test in Wellington against New Zealand. Reality has since hit them hard - with three successive losses coming in Christchurch, Brisbane and Canberra. As they get ready for what could be the toughest of all the three overseas trips, the optimism has been replaced by an urge to survive against all odds.

As Durban gets ready to host its one-off Test for the summer, the mood in either camp couldn't have been more contrasting. The hosts are in an upbeat mood, having just blanked Pakistan by a 3-0 margin. While batting continues to remain a worry, it has more than been balanced by their pace battery. The four-pronged pace attack worked like a charm against the sub-continental giants and it wouldn't be a surprise if Faf du Plessis decides to unleash the same quartet against the vulnerable Sri Lanka batting line-up.

The two-match Test series also offers an ideal opportunity for the host batsmen to make up for lost time. Having watched their Australian counterparts feast on the feeble Sri Lankan attack, Faf du Plessis and his batting unit will consider the series as an opportunity to pad their stats, especially with the visitors having trouble in consistently fielding a fit bowling attack.

While the hosts look primed for yet another series win, Sri Lanka come into the game with a lot of questions that needs quick answers. A poor Australian series with the bat led to the axing of skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, and it has meant that the captaincy roller-coaster is now in the hands of opening batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne. With Angelo Mathews still unavailable, the middle-order looks rather inexperienced and the selectors fell back to 33-year old Milinda Siriwardana, who played the last of his five Tests in 2016.

Injuries and poor form has meant that the bowling attack looks relatively new, although Suranga Lakmal returns after sitting out of the Canberra Test with a stiff back. Giving him company would be two of Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha and Chamika Karunaratne - who among them have only eight Test caps. Lakshan Sandakan, who didn't feature in either New Zealand or Australia, suddenly finds himself as the lead spinner. If there is any silver lining for the visitors, it's the fact that they go into the series as the firm underdogs and that's a position which can at times bring the best out of a team.

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