Even after his team completed their seventh successive home series triumph with a nine-wicket thumping of Pakistan on Sunday morning, South Africa's captain found himself defending the surfaces his team play on in Mzansi.
After moving on to a 13th Test half-century, Bavuma was caught behind off Shaheen Afridi in the 96th over, South Africa already past the 300 mark.
They did so for the loss of Theunis de Bruyn, caught behind for four, while Hashim Amla retired hurt for two.
On top of that, extra half an hour were added to each of the first three days of the Test.
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"Yes, not enough runs in the first innings, if we had got 250-300, the pitch was still helping fast bowlers [in the fourth innings]", said Sarfraz.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended for one Test and fined 20 percent of his match fees, while his players have been fined 10 percent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over rate during South Africa's nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Cape Town Test, which ended on Sunday.
However, Du Plessis - who had failed to trouble the scorers at all in Pretoria - went on to bring up his century, before eventually dismissed at 103.
"I still believe in a good contest in Test cricket but, again, we aren't at home so we don't have a say".
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A first innings total of 177 was not enough to put pressure on the South African batsmen, a situation made worse by what Sarfraz described as a poor bowling performance. So we proved that if we can get one wicket then we can get more.
"You have to adapt your game, and Temba (Bavuma) was a great example".
"That is how you play Test cricket", he said. "We looked at the last three years here, the opposition hasn't batted past 70 overs, so the spinner isn't going to bowl that many overs", he said. "For me, it was a true test of my character and I am happy I managed to do well".
"It's a lot of fun for us coming here (Newlands)". But he gritted his teeth and got on with the job, and when on 96, Sarfraz behind the stumps spilled the simplest of leg-side deflections off the toiling Abbas, he knew it had to be his day.
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Pakistan are bolstered by the return of pacer Mohammad Abbas, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury.
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