South Africa were bowled out for 73, their lowest total since readmission with none of their batsmen lasting even 50 balls. There are two ways of looking at it.
You could sit it out and try and bat for as long as possible, but you also need to put pressure on the opposition. The aggressive approach was certainly worth a shot after the manner in which they folded in the first innings but with the pitch assisting spin and Sri Lanka's spinners exploiting it tactfully, the ploy came apart.
While the run match aggregate was a new low, the Proteas aren't new to such performances in this part of the World.
Since the beginning of , South Africa's scores in the sub-continent in completed Tests read , , , , 79, , , , and There have been no scores in excess of and their last plus score in the sub-continent came in the second Test of the Indian tour in Unsurprisingly, their most successful batsman since the start of their disastrous record in the sub-continent from is AB de Villiers.
The middle-order batsman has runs in 4 Tests at an average of The fact that the next best average in the team is Temba Bavuma's None of their top-order batsmen showed the composure or technique to counter the Sri Lankan spinners. While Bavuma and Amla showed sparks of brilliance in their first-innings partnership, they struggled to identify the right way to tackle the spinners.
Later, Vernon Philander, in a partnership with du Plessis, showed much better technique than many of the top order batsmen.
He got behind the line of the ball and played good defensive shots. That Philander was the only South African to face more than balls in this Test match shows how woeful the top-order was. While filling up a de Villiers-sized hole in the middle-order could be impossible, they might want to shore up their batting with an additional batsman, at least in these conditions. With the next Test due to start in three days, there is very little time for the visitors to cater to the primary issue.
However, what they can do is add extra ammunition to their batting line-up and hope it helps them stave off Lankan spinners to an extent. Jul 16, Church and sexual abuse: Catholics, State have been silent for too long; Kerala rape must cause Vatican to act.
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