England lost Jonathan Trott's wicket in the first hour on day three of the second Test at Kingsmead.
Glorious sunshine replaced Sunday's murk, promising perfect batting conditions as England resumed on 103 for one and progressed to 133 for two in reply to South Africa's 343.
Trott, under the microscope over his habitually time-consuming fidgets before facing up, did not delay his hosts long. He went, in fact, to the seventh ball of the day - and Morne Morkel's third - when he found himself slightly turned around pushing forward to a straight ball and edging behind to be well caught by Mark Boucher.
The scene was therefore set early for Kevin Pietersen, in his first Test innings at what was once his home ground.
It took England's Pietermaritzburg-born batsman nine balls to register his first runs. But when he did so, it was in trademark Pietersen style - a drive for four off Morkel, steered expertly wide of mid-on.
Soon afterwards, he greeted the introduction of Jacques Kallis with a straight drive for another four from the all-rounder's first ball.
Opener Alastair Cook, meanwhile, was strokeless and very nearly runless - until the introduction of Paul Harris.
Cook's lack of productivity gave Graeme Smith the opportunity to ease Makhaya Ntini back into the attack, after the glut of boundaries he had conceded to Andrew Strauss.