If the Proteas were not aware of how tough this tour of India really was going to be, they certainly found out in the second T20I at Mohali on Wednesday.
For much of the match it seemed as if it were men toying with boys as the hosts romped to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory, anchored by a sumptuous 72 not out off 52 balls from captain Virat Kohli.
It was only when Proteas stand-in skipper Quinton de Kock (52 off 37 balls) and T20I debutant Temba Bavuma (49 off 43) were at the crease were the visitors in the contest as the pair shared a 57-run partnership for the second wicket.
But instead of it being the platform for the bigger hitters like Rassie van der Dussen (1) and David Miller (18) to provide the momentum lower down, the innings faltered away meekly. It was the period from the 15th to 19th that really hurt South Africa’s innings as the visitors managed just 23 runs during these lean four overs.
Washington Sundar (0/19), Deepak Chahar (2/22) and Hardik Pandya (1/31) were particularly economical at that stage for the hosts, as they took pace off the bowl to maximise the effect of a surface that was holding up occasionally.