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.
The problem appeared to be a timing error by the umpires, who indicated Karunaratne didn't signal for the review within the 15-second limit.
Twelve overs in, South Africa were three down, as Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram were back in the hut without doing much to trouble the scorers, leaving Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis to do the rebuilding job. We've only played one of them [Rajitha] in white-ball cricket once.
"We have a responsibility to entertain, but just like journalists we have a moral obligation to provide unbiased editorial", he told Reuters. It was then he panicked.
Because of the reported relationship breakdown between SuperSport and Cricket South Africa - following official's recent decision to secure a broadcast deal with rival South African Broadcasting Corporation for its domestic Twenty20 competition, the Mzansi Super League - it remains unclear if the broadcast of private team plans was the result of a deliberate, calculated leak or a blatant disregard from the broadcaster for the team's privacy.
As it turned out, the dossier didn't help the Proteas as they would have liked.
FIRST BREAK ON DAY 2: Dale Steyn gets the early breakthrough South Africa were looking for.
In 2000/01 a rain-hit match was drawn -- with South Africa in a strong position -- and in 2011/12 Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka to their only win in South Africa.
Seam bowlers Vishwa Fernando and Kasun Rajitha shared seven wickets to put South Africa on the ropes at the start of the two-test series. But with those new guys, the batsmen have had a feel of them now, and we'll come back and see how we are going to go about it. "Our pace bowlers are all a bit different so I'm sure one of them will figure out how to conquer the Sri Lankan batsmen", De Kock said. They bowled really well - they didn't miss their lengths often.
New Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne had won the toss and sent the hosts in on a pitch which offered bounce and swing on a partially overcast morning.
The Proteas will be looking to continue their good form in Test matches after their series whitewash of Pakistan when they face Sri Lanka at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.