Potchefstroom - An opportunity for a series win will be the
main motivation for the Proteas in the second ODI against New Zealand at Senwes
Park on Sunday.
Proteas all-rounder, Farhaan Behardien, says winning the
series will be a significant boost after their performance in Bangladesh last
month and looking ahead to the respective series against India and England
later this year.
“I think it’s very important,” he said of wrapping up the
series. “We are putting ourselves under pressure to win tomorrow’s game to wrap
up the series. We obviously have England here next year and India in India in
October so we are looking to build some momentum. We have a great opportunity
tomorrow and hopefully on Wednesday to build some winning momentum after a
disappointing series in Bangladesh.”
Behardien says the squad is eager to improve after an “ugly
win” in the opening match, where their disciplines with the ball and in the
field were below par.
Potchefstroom is traditionally known for its good batting
deck, and could produce another fast outfield as seen in Centurion because of
the dry late winter conditions.
“We have to keep working on our batting,” he said at the Proteas’
training session on Saturday. “We batted really well; Hashim (Amla) and Rilee
(Rossouw) laid the platform for us up front and despite losing a few quick
wickets at the backend, myself, David Miller and David Wiese managed to score
45 runs at the end to put us in a strong position and over the 300 mark.
“Our fielding and catching lets us down a bit on Wednesday
evening so we are looking to improve on that,” he added. “The fielding is a
vital aspect ahead of a busy season and the shift in mental attitude regarding
that skill is important, we have been taking good steps towards that.”
The Proteas will be playing in front of a full crowd on
Sunday after tickets for the match were sold out on Friday evening.