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Vishwa Fernando carved through South Africa’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul to give Sri Lanka the upper hand on the opening day of the first Test in Durban.
Choosing to bowl first, Sri Lanka got their first breakthrough on the 10th ball of the match as South Africa opener Dean Elgar was caught behind off the bowling of Fernando for a duck.
Hashim Amla only made three runs before he was brilliantly caught by Kusal Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.
Fernando then cleaned up Aiden Markram for 11 before captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma stabilised the innings with a 72-run partnership.
Du Plessis ended up making 35 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha.
Bavuma went on to score 47 before he was run out by Fernando.
Vernon Philander was caught and bowled by Rajitha for four runs, while Keshav Maharaj mustered 29 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Fernando, who also took out Kagiso Rabada.
Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn added 33 runs to the score before Steyn was clean bowled by debutant Lasith Embuldeniya.
South Africa were ultimately bowled out for 235 when De Kock was dismissed by Rajitha for 80, which came off 94 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.
Fernando was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rajitha snapped up three, and Lakmal and Embuldeniya chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Trailing by 235 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a dismal start as opener Lahiru Thirimanne was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn for a duck.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and debutant Oshada Fernando stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 30-run stand before stumps was called.
Karunaratne finished on 28, which came off 47 balls and included three boundaries, while Fernando remained undefeated on 17, which came off 34 deliveries and included two boundaries.
Steyn was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Sri Lanka ended day one on 49/1 and will continue batting on Thursday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.