Smith badly misread the pitch; Kumar didn't. The last five games had been decided by the team batting first. The pitch slowed up and became harder to bat under lights. It made it easier for SL's spinners. The more talented team won but Smith compounded the situation by inserting them on a pitch devoid of grass. It's folly to think that a sub-continent team always struggles on SA pitches. According to them the IPL experience has made them very familiar with SA pitches and they no longer fear them. And SA was the team without any recent form. SL is much more match-hardened. If Smith continues to **** up at the toss it's time for them to look elsewhere. Maybe someone with a bit of grey matter won't go astray.
SA's batsmen struggled with Mendis and their batting looks light on with Boucher coming in so high up.