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SA Left to Rue Soft Dismissals as Tourists Dominate - SA vs WI VICE-CAPTAIN Ashwell Prince said South Africa were left rueing some soft dismissals that allowed the West Indies to take a firm grip of the first Castle Test at Sahara Oval St Georgeís yesterday.
VICE-CAPTAIN Ashwell Prince said South Africa were left rueing some soft dismissals that allowed the West Indies to take a firm grip of the first Castle Test at Sahara Oval St Georgeís yesterday.
The Proteas have a mountain to climb if they are to save this Test after two days of dominance by the visitors. South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals on the way to their overnight total of 122 for five in reply to the West Indiesí 408. That leaves them still 87 runs short of the follow-on target and 286 behind.
Speaking after the second dayís play, Prince said it was pretty obvious that their batting didnít go according to plan.
"We had a few soft dismissals, including myself. A few guys got starts into the 20s and then gave it away. Iím sure the other two are feeling as disappointed as I am right now," said Prince, referring to Graeme Smith (28) and Hashim Amla (29).
Prince, who made 20, thought some of the South African batsmen lacked patience on a surface that was playing a touch slow.
"To survive out there is not a problem. Itís when you try to score quickly that it becomes a problem. The way (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul played . . . he was very patient. Maybe there was a just a bit of impatience from our guys in trying to play too many shots," he added.
Prince said that South Africa would take it session-by-session when play resumes this morning.
"Weíre going to take it one session at a time. Our first objective will be to avoid the follow-on. Obviously weíll struggle to win from here, but thereís a lot of cricket left in this Test."
The West Indies have Chanderpaulís 104 to thank for their sizable total. The lefthander has been in top form in Test cricket this year and South Africa may yet see a lot more of him this summer.
Chanderpaul said he couldnít remember when last the West Indies had had such a good day.
"Itís been good teamwork so far. There was good work from all the batters and some good bowling tonight. I thought we got a bit carried away bowling in the wrong areas later on. But a very good effort in the end."
December 28, 2007.