Theunis De Bruyn Holds It Down For The Proteas

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JOHANNESBURG: Proteas need a comeback in the Test series against Sri-Lanka and day Four of the Second Test showed much Improvement for the South African side as Theunis De Bruyn filled the No.3 batting spot position in his Sub-Content Debut.

Bruyn has an Unbeaten 45 off 97 balls with 7 fours which has helped the Proteas as they try to reach on 139/5 in search of a questionable victory target of 490 to level the series.

The South African side still has Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock to follow, hopefully they will follow De Bruyn’s lead in taking some batting pride out of the series.

De Bruyn does have a record in domestic cricket and for South Africa A in being able to bat long periods which is a prime requirement for batting on the sub-continent. He has also always been temperamentally strong.

He takes on the No. 3 spot with Hashim Amla filling the AB hole at No. 4  and this must also be seen as significant and suggests that he will finally get an extended run in the home series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka only lost 5 wickets in their second innings before making the declaration, but it nevertheless gave Keshav Maharaj the opportunity to take a further wicket and become the seventh South African to take 12 or more wickets in a Test match and the third spinner to do this after Hugh Tayfield and Bert Vogler.