Proteas: PLEASE get those 5 runs, Theunis!

2018-07-22 20:37
Theunis de Bruyn (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Would just five more runs be too much to ask for?

Put in the context of South Africa's ongoing, rank batting frailty in the Test series in Sri Lanka, it might yet prove elusive.  

But Theunis de Bruyn reaching his half-century on Monday's day four of the second clash in Colombo, from an overnight 45 not out, would mark a maiden milestone for the right-hander in his sixth Test for the Proteas.

In an on-and-off career at this level so far, the 25-year-old came closest to a 50 in the first innings of his second Test match against England at Lord’s last year, but was dismissed by James Anderson for 48.

But there is another key reason, from a team perspective, why posting a half-ton - at very least - would provide some semblance of relief to the embattled tourists.

That is because they are at novel risk in the modern era of failing to register a single half-century between them in a completed series.

Defeat in the second Test, for a Sri Lankan clean sweep of the series, still seems a 99 percent likelihood for Faf du Plessis' team, as they closed day three on 139 for five, still a monstrous 351 runs short of their victory target of 490.

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