Domingo unimpressed with 'soft' Proteas dismissals


Russell Domingo felt South Africa's batsmen were their own worst enemies on day one of the second Test against India, but believes the bowlers can inspire a fightback in Bangalore.

AB de Villiers made 85 in his 100th Test, but spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin (4-70) and Ravindra Jadeja (4-50) starred again as the Proteas were dismissed for only 214 after Virat Kohli won the toss.

Ashwin and Jadeja took eight wickets apiece as India won the first Test in Mohali last week and did the damage again on day one at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Shikhar Dhawan (45 not out) and Murali Vijay (28no) saw India through to 80-0 at stumps - trailing by 134 - and the hosts are strong favourites to go on and take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Proteas coach Domingo thought India were gifted too many wickets, but stressed that all is not lost.

He said: "We will be the first to admit that there were far too many soft dismissals. When you are playing against a quality bowling attack like India you have to limit the freebies that you give them. 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.

"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, 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 session can get us back into it if we come and execute our plans well."

Domingo added: "There is no need to panic. We came here with a newish look team in terms of Test batting. [Hashim] Amla, De Villiers and [JP] Duminy are the three guys in our order to have batted in India before this series.

"Four of the top seven haven't played a Test match in India before and they would have learnt a great deal over the last couple of Tests. There is still a lot of cricket to play, we are not a side that panics easily, we know we have the quality within our group."