Chance for SA to make amends
The fifth league match of the TVS Cup between South Africa and hosts Bangladesh would give SA an opportunity to complete the formalities of entering the final.india Updated: Apr 17, 2003 01:01 IST
The fifth league match of the TVS Cup between South Africa and hosts Bangladesh would give the former an opportunity to complete the formalities of entering the final. South Africa batted out Bangladesh in the last meeting on Monday. On Thursday, it should be much the same.
The South Africans are in the process of rebuilding their side. Bangladesh say they are also at a similar stage, though the talent in the Bangladesh squad cannot be overlooked.
Young Mohammad Ashraful will relish the chance of getting a few more runs off the South African bowlers, while for the likes of Makhaya Ntini and Charl Willoughby, it will be an opportunity to make amends for letting him get away last time.
South African skipper Graeme Smith will be worried about his opening bowlers' inconsistency. Ntini, in particular, gave away too many wides too early. But Smith said he was that way. "Ntini is a better bowler in his second spell," the skipper added.
Bangladesh crossed the 220-run mark for the first time in 17 innings on Monday against South Africa and captain Khaled Mahmud immediately said things were looking good for his team. That would definitely be good for their confidence.
However, South Africa would prefer going all out, as the match happens a day before their last league game against India. They would want to gain good practice on Thursday.
The batsmen who missed out on 50s -- Smith himself and Jacques Rudolph -- would be hungry for runs. Moreover, they would want to cross the 300-run mark as it would be just the right catalyst before the game against India.