Cape Town - There was a little wobble half-way through when they lost two quick wickets, but the Proteas recovered to 79/2 at lunch on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg.
At the end of the opening session, JP Duminy (23*) and Hashim Amla (6*), in his 100th Test match, were at the wicket.
The Proteas were slow out of the blocks as a calculated Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook left what they could alone and got through the first danger period unscathed.
After 10 overs, the score read 15/0 on a wicket that was clearly offering the bowlers some assistance.
The moment the small Johannesburg crowd was waiting for, of course, was the arrival of Amla in his milestone Test.
Elgar began to find some rhythm as he dispatched a couple of straight drives to the fence, while Cook was well contained at the other end.
As the sun briefly broke through the clouds, it began to look like the Proteas were on for another big opening stand, but then Cook was gone.
He had faced 40 balls for his 10 in familiar fashion when he was wrapped on the pads by Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews. It looked out, and was given out, but Cook reviewed.
Replays showed that Mathews had come extremely close to a no-ball, but once the delivery was deemed legal Cook stood no chance and was sent on his way.
The crowd may have been underwhelming, but it rose together as Amla walked to the wicket to a rousing reception.
Then, in the next over, Elgar was out for 27 when he edged youngster Lahiru Kumara to Dimuth Karunaratne at first slip.
That left the Proteas on 45/2 and all of a sudden they were in a spot of bother.
Duminy arrived and had no hesitation playing his shots.
At the end of the first session, he had put on 34 for the third wicket with Amla.