On the shut of play on day two on Thursday, South Africa have been 126/4 of their 2nd innings, giving them a lead of 170 going into day 3.
Skipper Faf du Plessis (25*) and Quinton de Kock (15*) are on the crease for the hosts on an afternoon that noticed a complete of 13 wickets fall with the bowlers dominant yet again.
This Kingsmead wicket is a superb one.
Whilst there may be lateral help for the seamers, there are not any problems over inconsistent soar and runs are on be offering for the batsmen that observe themselves.
Sri Lanka would have felt just right about their possibilities after they resumed their first innings on 49/1 firstly of the day, however Dale Steyn and the Proteas quicks had different concepts.
Steyn used to be the famous person for the Proteas with figures of 4/48 and any worries over his health have been extinguished when he bowled 10 overs at the trot after lunch – and 20 in general – on the lookout for his first five-wicket haul since 2016.
Steyn, Kagiso Rabada (2/48) and Duanne Olivier (1/36) all favoured the quick ball in having a look to knock over the Sri Lankans, and whilst there used to be some resistance from the guests, they by no means seemed at ease in opposition to that competitive way.
Kusal Perera top-scored with a breezy 51 from 63, however he performed one shot too many prior to discovering exchange fielder Zubayr Hamza at deep additional duvet off Steyn.
There used to be additionally a courageous 32-run stand for the 9th wicket between Kasun Rajitha (12) and Lasith Embuldeniya (24) that used to be ended via a shocking piece of fielding from Aiden Markram.
The Proteas opening batsman, fielding at quick leg off Rabada, confirmed implausible reflexes to pounce on and snatch a prod from Rajitha prior to operating the shocked batsman out in impressive type.
Sri Lanka have been ultimately pushed aside for 191, giving the hosts a at hand 44-run lead after they began their 2nd dig after tea.
Dean Elgar and Markram were given the Proteas off to a assured get started, with Markram having a look to be certain.
After an encouraging 36-run opening stand, Markram had best himself accountable when he performed loosely at a supply from Kasun Rajitha to edge to 2nd slip and be pushed aside for 28 from simply 31 balls.
Hashim Amla’s worries then persisted when he failed for the second one time within the Check, reducing Vishwa Fernando to gully to be despatched packing for 16.
Temba Bavuma, so composed within the first innings the place he used to be unluckily run out for 47, then misjudged an tried sweep off left-arm spinner Embuldeniya to be trapped LBW for three.
Elgar, even though, bounced again from his first-innings duck and gave the look to be enjoying an innings of resilience that has develop into a well-recognized sight over time.
That used to be till he were given to 35 and got here down the observe to Embuldeniya, belting the ball again to the left-arm spinner, who took a very good catch off his personal bowling.
At that degree, South Africa have been 95/Four with a lead of 139 and Sri Lanka had earned themselves a sniff.
Du Plessis and De Kock, South Africa’s remaining two specialist batsmen, were given via to the top of the day unscathed and if they may be able to get in the course of the first hour on Friday morning, then South Africa must have sufficient at the board to get the activity carried out.
It is going to no longer be simple.
Sri Lanka’s seamers were spectacular all through the Check fit and, within the ultimate consultation on Thursday, Embuldeniya (2/36) used to be getting acquire and touchdown the ball in just right spaces along with his spin.
The guests, in opposition to all odds, are nonetheless on this.
Play begins at 10:00 on Friday.