Collapses of 6 for 51 and 4 for 11, which sandwiched the 64-run seventh-wicket stand between Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander, would have done nothing to boost their belief.
It was Sri Lanka's second successive win in back to back Tests under the captaincy of stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal.
It was South Africa's first test defeat in Sri Lanka since 2006. "If a couple of us have a good partnership and one of us plays like Karunaratne played, that would get us close to that score".
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has re-opened the toss debate, with the recently turned 34-year-old suggesting it needed to be scrapped altogether. I think often it was the ball that didn't spin as much as we thought that got us out. "But there weren't any demons in the wicket at any stage while we were playing".
They didn't just tell themselves it was going to be tough to play Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, which is a reasonable expectation, but they seem to have talked themselves into thinking it would be impossible.
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However, Sri Lanka weren't done yet. Rather than doing all the hard work and passing the job on to someone else, it's better to build the innings yourself. You could sit it out and try and bat for as long as possible.
Interesting, Dimuth Karunaratne alone scored more than South Africa's eleven batsmen. "When you are playing spin you need to have a defence, but more than that you have to dominate the spinners before they dominate you". There were one or two batters in their batting line up that found it a little bit easier, and the rest didn't.
With his domineering presence in the middle-order missing, the Lankan spinners easily scythed through the Proteas line-up in the first innings as the visitors appeared to be in two-minds and looked to defend their way out of trouble.
South Africa gave a ghastly display of batting against spin and the way they tried to tackle the off-spin of Dilruwan Perera and the left-arm spin of Rangana Herath was a poor reflection of a team that is ranked no. 2 in the world. "If you play six batters on pitches that are not flat - whether it be green or spinning, it puts a lot of pressure on your top six to score the runs".
"Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle". And this time, Maharaj got his man, and two others, when Gunathilaka picked out deep mid-wicket, Dhananjaya de Silva, who was bowled and Kusal Mendis given out lbw.