After bowling one over from the Duckpond End he switched to the Park Drive end and, starting with the key wicket of Smith, he ran through most of the Australian middle and lower order.
Rabada finished with 5/96 from 21 overs, Philander with 2/25 in 18 economical overs and Ngidi with 3/51.
Wary of Rabada's disciplinary record and his proximity to another suspension, Smith said at the start of the series the Australians might try to "fire up" the right-armer to see if he would make another mistake.
The unsavoury development will likely strain relations between the two countries further after a spiteful first Test that saw Warner and de Kock penalised for bringing the game into disrepute.
"That's very cruel and very personal and I don't think it should be allowed to happen".
"I just want to apologise for the way it played out". All five days of Australia's win in Durban were streamed free of charge as a trial offer but a subscription for the Tests in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Johannesburg will cost NZD$24.99.
Warner admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, according to an ICC statement.
Sutherland's message, however, hadn't been digested by the Australian players.
Warner's and de Kock's confrontation wasn't the only heated moment in the opening test, which was characterized by an aggressive fielding display by Australia and verbal exchanges between the teams that carried on off the field. David Warner top-scored with 63.
"If someone's treading close to the line as a teammate, you might have to pull them aside and say, "you're going a bit close there, ease up and pull back", Finch said. They picked off the runs after that measured start, with Warner accelerating by hitting nine fours.
It was Rabada's eighth five-wicket haul in only his 28 Test match and his second against Australia. Smith failed in a review of umpire Kumar Dharmasena's decision.
Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.