Proteas

De Bruyn stands tall, Proteas on brink of whitewash

2018-07-22 14:05
Theunis de Bruyn
Theunis de Bruyn (AP)

Colombo - Theunis de Bruyn grabbed the opportunity to fill the key No 3 batting position on his sub-continent debut to keep the Proteas alive on the fourth day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday.

SCORECARD: Proteas v Sri Lanka

His unbeaten 45 off 97 balls (7 fours) held the Proteas second innings together as they reached the close on 139/5 in pursuit of an improbable victory target of 490 to square the series.

He still has Temba Bavuma for company with Quinton de Kock to follow so hopefully they will follow De Bruyn's lead in taking some batting pride out of the series.

De Bruyn's Test figures do not make for brilliant reading, but he has spent most of his short career filling in as a replacement for non-available players or plugging a hole when he was selected to open the batting on his debut Test match in New Zealand.

He does have a record in domestic cricket and for South Africa 'A' in being able to bat long periods which is a prime requirement for batting on the sub-continent.

He has also always been temperamentally strong.

The fact that he was given the No 3 spot with Hashim Amla filling the AB de Villiers hole at No 4 must also be seen as significant and suggests that he will finally get an extended run in the home series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

At the age of 25, De Bruyn is certainly one of the young South Africans to take the Proteas batting forward.

READ: Wicketless Steyn has to wait for Proteas record

Sri Lanka only lost 5 wickets in their second innings before making the declaration, but it nevertheless gave Keshav Maharaj the opportunity to take a further wicket and become the seventh South African to take 12 or more wickets in a Test match and the third spinner to do this after Hugh Tayfield and Bert Vogler.

The Proteas are on the brink of a whitewash after trailing the two-match Test series 1-0.

Play on day four starts at 06:30 SA time.

Read more on:    sri lanka  |  proteas  |  theunis de bruyn  |  cricket

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Saturday, 01 February 2020
South Africa XI v England XI, Paarl 10:00
Tuesday, 04 February 2020
South Africa v England, , Cape Town 13:00
Friday, 07 February 2020
South Africa v England, , Durban 13:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Who will win the 4-Test series between hosts South Africa and visitors England over Xmas, New Year and into January 2020?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.