Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Shades of sandpaper scandal as South Africa caught in live TV sting

Shades of sandpaper scandal as South Africa caught in live TV sting

Fernando took four for 62 and Rajitha claimed three for 68.

"The two new guys - we hadn't seen much".

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.

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. I think they caught us off guard", said De Kock who made 80.

"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.

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.

He had Dean Elgar caught behind for nought with his fourth ball and there was still no run on the board two balls later when an appeal for leg before wicket was turned down by umpire Aleem Dar, although replays showed he should have been given out.


The lapse proved low-cost, however, as Amla was caught at second slip off Lakmal for three before Fernando produced the ball of the day to bowl Markram for 11.

Only six of the 12 players who beat South Africa comprehensively at home are in Sri Lanka's 17-man squad, while only eight have toured South Africa previously.

Temba Bavuma and captain Faf du Plessis rode out the early storm and gradually started to change the momentum in a 72-run partnership, which was ended in the last over before lunch when Du Plessis was caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella off Kasun Rajitha for 35.

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.

Steyn had become South Africa's highest Test wicket taker, eclipsing the previous record set by Shaun Pollock with 421 wickets.

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.

Sri Lanka will start on 49 for 1 after a poor stroke saw Thirimanne fall for a 15-ball duck.

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