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We will go all out, says AB

Colombo: On having wickets in hand in the final session, South Africa will definitely try and go all out to win the second and final Test versus Sri Lanka, AB de Villiers asserted.

“If I am coming in after tea and we need six or seven an over, I might give it a go,” De Villiers said.

“If we have wickets in hand after tea tomorrow, that possibility will be there. You’ve got to find the balance between being positive and defensive. If we’ve got a sniff at tea-time tomorrow, we’ll have a go.”

Most of South Africa’s actions in this match have indicated the opposite, but de Villiers explained that the sluggish scoring in the first innings was merited by circumstances and conditions, not tactics as Kumar Sangakkara suggested.

“Sri Lanka have more spinners, which slowed the game down more,” he said. “The wicket also got drier, which made it tough to score.”

Sangakkara believed South Africa were “playing a lot for time rather than scoring runs.” He called their approach “negative”, and said they gave the hosts opportunities the latter needed to take a big first-innings lead.

“The more negative you are, the more defensive you become. It also tires you out,” Sangakkara said.