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Loss as expected but worrying signs

The loss was always the most likely outcome and the first innings 110 only made it how big the margin would be. We can live with the result but the total inability to build a test innings is now a major issue. Almost all the top order batters played woeful shots to get out. Its like none of these guys have ever aheard of a chap called Sangakara let alone shared a dressing room with him! Even with Sanga and Mahela in the team, SL lost in SA but losing is one thing but being plain poor is another thing. The really bad news is the worse is yet to come in JHB, which is SA's fortress and usually nightmare for teams from Asia.

I can get past young batters like Mendis and De Silva struggling or being trigger happy (anyone recall what Aravinda was like in his early days) but I don't get why Chandi needs to be driving loosely outside the off or clipping a leg side half volley straight to mid wicket. Or why Dimuth would hit a half tracker outside off straight to points hands or why Kaushal isn't able to either leave or defend a harmless bat foot defense away from his stumps. If SA bowled unplayable deliveries (which they would have if we batter long enough) you can accept that, but we just threw it away and it was embarrassing.

Couple of positives and the main one is Lakmal. He has been simply awesome showing some real skills with the ball which is great to see. Also Kumara is a breath of fresh pair with plenty of pace of skills. disappointed with Pradeep who has done nothing all tour and really looks off color and badly needed to support the other two.

Lets also give some credit where its due. SA have been clinical although hardly challenged. If you look at Elgar and Cook, both reasonably boring batters from watch but awfully effective playing proper test cricket. Probably the best example is Philander. Hardly bowls over 135 KMH but lands the ball in the right place and presents the seam. Just goes to show you don't need to be 145 to be good, just bowl with proper control. As with someone like Cook, no flamboyant cover drives or silly upper cuts in his armory, just plain effective technique with the correct attitude to build an innings.

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