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South Africa need to pull up their socks against spin before Test series against Sri Lanka

South Africa's Quinton De Kock
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South Africa 338 (Du Plessis 79, Amla 78, Bavuma 58, Hasaranga 3-72) draw with Sri Lanka Board President XI 287 (Mathews 92, Shamsi 5-45)

After South African pacers toiled hard the entire day yesterday, only to return without any rewards, Sri Lankan President Board XI's spinners Wanindu Hasaranga (14-72-3) and Dhananjaya de Silva (3.5-9-2) reaped rich dividends on a responsive pitch at the P Sara oval in Colombo.

All in all, South Africa fared quite decently on the second and last day of the practice match against Sri Lanka Board President's XI with Hashim Amla (78), Temba Bavuma (58) and Faf du Plessis (79) scoring half centuries. However, the cause of concern for them would be the lower middle order.

After the departure of AB de Villiers, there is certainly a vacuum that has been created in the South African batting lineup. Theunis de Bruyn (11) who has replaced AB could not leave a mark in this match. Quinton de Kock (2) is also going through a lean patch and failed to read one from de Silva.

After South Africa slid from 222 for 3 to 338 all out, the match was called off. Although South Africa did get some good practice under their belt, they certainly have a lot of things to ponder upon including countering the spin threat before the Test series against Sri Lanka.

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