Cape Town - Proteas coach Russell Domingo regrets the ‘soft dismissals’ which led to another failed batting display as the second Test against India got underway in Bangalore on Saturday.
Domingo has also asked for a disciplined response with the
ball on day two.
The Proteas were dismissed for 214 before India cruised to 80/0 at the close of play.
“We will be the first to
admit that there were far too many soft dismissals,” Domingo said after the
“When you are playing against a quality bowling attack like India
you have to limit the freebies that you give them. Today there were far too
many soft dismissals for our liking.
“We have to stick at it. Historically the first session at this
ground tends to reap the rewards for the bowlers so we have to be very
disciplined in the way we start tomorrow.
“We have to hit the top of off-stump
with the odd bouncer, it might sound simple but that is what our seamers have
to do. We have to try and make some early inroads tomorrow, we know that in
this country the game tends to speed up, it’s not impossible to lose six or
seven wickets in a session. Although we are a long way behind the game we know
that tomorrow’s session can get us back into it if we come and execute our
India’s spinners were once
again the chief destroyers on a ‘good pitch’ accounting for eight of South
Africa’s 10 wickets. The majority of the inexperienced batsmen in the line-up
are playing under Indian conditions for the first time, and will have to show
better application in the second innings to counter India’s spin threat.
“He (Ashwin) is consistent
with the areas that he hits and has been on top of us in the first few Tests,
there is no doubt about that,” Domingo said.
“We have some work to do, he has
been the standout bowler for them but we have to find ways of remedying that
when we come to the second innings.
is no need to panic.”