South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1 in Durban

Despite South Africa's poor record in Durban Maharaj is confident of South Africa making a flying start to the two Test series

Despite South Africa's poor record in Durban Maharaj is confident of South Africa making a flying start to the two Test series

Sri Lanka's attack for the first Test against South Africa included two pacemen with just seven previous Test appearances between them and a debutant left-arm spinner, but their unknown quantity was enough to severely tax the Proteas' batsmen on the opening day at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

He and new ball partner Suranga Lakmal shocked South Africa in the first 40 minutes, reducing them to 17/3 on a pitch which offered bounce and swing on a partially overcast morning.

"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. Oshada Fernando, the second Sri Lankan making his test debut, was 17 not out.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma eased the pressure with a 72-run stand and Quinton de Kock made 80 down the order to take South Africa past 200.

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.

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. Bavuma was confirmed out by TV umpire Ian Gould by the tiniest of margins after a lengthy review, one of a series of incidents when the umpiring came under close scrutiny.

Fernando had Dean Elgar caught behind with his fourth delivery before a run had been scored and should have had the wicket of Hashim Amla two balls later. Scratch that, replays show that it was missing the leg stump. Ultimately, it didn't cost Sri Lanka too much. De Kock reviewed that decision, and it proved the ball came off his elbow, not bat or glove.

But recent reports about SuperSport's relationship with Cricket South Africa could explain why they chose to broadcast the bowling plans.

South Africa has won seven series in a row at home after sweeping Pakistan 3-0 last month, moving the Proteas to No. 2 in the rankings behind India.

Cricket South Africa's recent decision to secure a new deal with a rival broadcaster for its domestic Twenty20 competition has reportedly angered Super Sport.