|Event:||South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006|
DateLine: 25th July 2006
South African coach Micky Arthur was pleased with team’s performance ahead of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka. South Africa, who had gained a huge 303-run first innings lead, were held to a draw in their three-day tour match against Sri Lanka ‘A’ on Monday. Set an improbable target of 549, Sri Lanka A reached 89-1 by close.
Arthur decided not to declare the SA innings earlier as he did not want to push his bowlers too hard. “We didn’t want to spend more than 30-40 overs on the field. Scoring wasn't as easy as in the first innings and all we wanted was to give just seven-over spells for our bowlers to get their rhythm. There was no point in going flat-out with the Test just two days away,” Arthur said.