Hours of concentration needed – Mathews
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said poor batting was the main reason for his team's 282-run defeat on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.
"The batsmen let the team down," said Mathews after the South African fast bowlers, led by man of the match Kagiso Rabada, finished off the tourists 15 minutes before lunch.
Fast bowler Rabada finished with six for 55 as Sri Lanka crumbled to 224 all out, giving South Africa a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series. It took South Africa less than two hours to claim the remaining six wickets after the tourists resumed on 130 for four.
"The batsmen let the team down," said Mathews. "The bowlers did a good job but the batsmen did not put enough runs on the board."
Mathews said the third and final Test in Johannesburg, starting on January 12, provided a chance for the batsmen to show their mettle.
"We need long hours of concentration to give the bowlers something to bowl at," he said.
South African captain Faf du Plessis said his team had played "almost the perfect Test" after losing the toss and being sent in on a green pitch on which he also would have opted to bowl.
"We wanted to be a bit better than we were in Port Elizabeth (in the first Test). Our whole batting unit put on a decent total and there was great bowling in the first innings as well. From there on we were in a dominant position."
Du Plessis said he wanted the team to maintain their intensity and win in Johannesburg to complete a clean sweep.
"We haven't let Sri Lanka into the game once and it's important to finish the series well."
Overnight batsmen Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal played out the first five overs of the day without undue alarm before Rabada struck with the first ball of the sixth over when Chandimal (30) flicked him straight to Stephen Cook at square leg, the only fielder in a largely unmanned area of the field.
New batsman Upul Tharanga showed aggressive intent and hit Rabada for three fours, one off an edge, before flashing at a wide delivery from the first ball of the fast bowler's next over to be caught behind by Quinton de Kock.
Mathews fell to the last ball of the over, edging a lifting delivery to De Kock after making top score of 49 off 82 balls.
Rabada struck once more when he had Suranga Lakmal caught behind. It was the fifth time in his 13-Test career that he had taken five or more wickets in an innings. He had match figures of 10 for 92, his second ten-wicket haul.
There was a flurry of strokes from Rangana Herath and Lahiru Kumara, who put on 33 for the ninth wicket before Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander wrapped up South Africa's win.
Weather today 924
- China to provide 90 water bowsers worth Rs 1b 2295
- Wag the Dog 2292
- A brief look at FARC’s origins in Colombia 2238
- ‘Panama Papers’ bags Pulitzer 2262
- SAITM will cooperate with Govt 2269
- dead man was near fashion mall 2304
- Japanese MPs back Lanka’s development 2267
- CB Bond earnings whitewashed – JVP 2277
- Talks to extend Lanka’s Continental Shelf 2289
- Ex-DIG and son re-remanded 2279
- Government can be sent home 2818
- GMOA flogging SAITM for Mahinda– Rajitha 2288
- Ranil invites Japan to invest in S. Asia 2257
- Somali Pirates’ Captives Back Home 2271
- Customs in Rs 8 M bust 2267
- May Day Rally …or the Boot ! 2221
- Auspicious Times presented to President 2199
- Johnston sacked SLFP reshuffles K’gala 3031
- Singapore in the crossfire 3097
- Park impeachment and SK foreign policy 3048
- Filipino Oconer wins overall title 1908
- Unsporty conduct by Joes 1957
- Bertie Wijesinghe, pre-Test era Sri Lankan cricketer, dies aged 96 1932
- CEAT revs up for 2017 1922
- Palace shock Arsenal 1895
- Argentina fire coach Bauza 1919
- BCCI postpones SGM to 18 April 1889
- Murray returns from injury 1908
- New mum Azarenka to return to WTA 1864
- Galle win by 188 runs 1878
- Kapugedera ton boosts Kandy 1755
- Pakistan charges Jamshed in spot-fixing case 1753
- IAAF clears seven more Russians to compete 1753
- Game evenly poised 1751
- Saumy Zainab wins Championship 1831
- Keeping Cool 1904
- Do the right thing and do it now! 1912
- Ravi Jayewardene Pious son of a political giant 2504
- Minorities’ frustration a powder keg – VIDURA 2251
- Administrative powers a must for the Plantation Tamils –Radhakrishnan 1509
- Rajapaksa sought advice from McGuinness– Indika Perera 2654
- SilkAir launches direct flights to Colombo 1967
- Rupee falls on thin volumes 1941
- SriLankan, Japan Airlines add new routes 1930
- Colombo Port box volume up 5.6-pct in Jan 1922
- Private sector to transform into main domestic growth engine 1932
- Oil eases from 5-week top, rising US production weighs 1893
- Tight fiscal and monetary policies constrain SL’s growth 1920
- Shell admits dealing with money launderer 1902
- Toshiba may sell chip business to Foxconn for $27bn 1911
- Asian shares pressured by geopolitical risks; Nikkei down 0.25% 1897
- SLIM launches Certificate in Digital Marketing 1900
- Microsoft Hosts Second ‘Device Day’ in Sri Lanka 1900
- Emirates named Best Airline in the World 1881
- Turkish Airlines and social media assist Somalia 1901
- Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ for Parkinson’s disease 1894
- Trump pushed into bombing Syria 1955
- Thailand discovers Power of Women Travellers 1921
- Economics of gambling 1829
- Trans National Aural Identity 3486
- Queen Anula The Shadow of Cleopatra 3543
- Poetry and its possibilities Part 2 3543
- The Enigma of Labyrinths 3634
- From Couture to Kutir 3532
- Hybrid Sources 4925
- With a festive bang! 1144
- Easter Fun 1134
- Arrogance and crowing is the way of the doomed 1183
- Avurudu on the streets 1191
- Tick control 1172
- Sunny Sunday on the beach 1152