Bengaluru: They might have been dismissed for a paltry 214 on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India but South Africa coach Russell Domingo said there is no need to press the panic button.
Domingo said his team would look to deal early blows when India resume their first innings here tomorrow.
"The past history here says that the pitch does something in the morning. Getting six wickets in a session is possible, and if we do get them, we are back into the game, but we need do some disciplined bowling in the first session tomorrow," he told reporters at stumps on Day One.
"There is no need for pressing the panic button. We have Hashim and others who are in for big innings. We need to keep working hard and hopefully hard work will bet rewarded in some stage," he said.
Domingo said his team is inexperienced as seven of their top batsmen have never batted in India before.
"We have an inexperienced side, except Amla, Elgar and AB. Seven-odd top players haven't played in India. Of course, they would have got the feel of the Indian pitches in the last couple of innings they batted in the series," he said.
Replying to a query, Domingo said AB de Villiers was disappointed for missing his ton after scoring a superlative 85-run knock, especially when others were deserting him.
"Obviously he was disappointed of getting out. He got out with an intent to score runs, and that's how AB plays his cricket. He played beautifully for 85, but was unlucky he did not get his hundred," he said.
Domingo said there were far too many soft dismissals. "There were far too many soft dismissals. When you play against a quality bowling attack of India, you got to limit your free-scoring intent," he said.