Good start the key for Proteas

2012-09-27 11:46

Cape Town - The Proteas will be aiming for a positive start to their ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight campaign when they take on Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

Proteas assistant coach, Russell Domingo, insists the team is aware of the threat that their opponents pose, but are equally confident of their skills and preparation.

“We want to make sure we start the Super Eight’s well, we don’t want to be playing catch-up cricket,” Domingo said after a lengthy practice at the R. Premadasa on Wednesday. “In saying that, there are so many things that can affect the outcome of a T20 match, so we want to focus on our skills and our processes and not worry too much about the result upfront.”

The Proteas have been pitted in the so-called “Group of Death”, featuring 2009 champions Pakistan, 2007 champions India and 2010 runner-ups Australia. The top two teams from the group will qualify for the semi-finals and with rain in the region causing uncertainty, starting well will be essential.

“They (Pakistan) are a quality side, we have a lot of respect for them,” Domingo said. “They have some good game-breakers and match winners, but we are looking forward to it. We will do our homework over the next couple of days, guys will prepare really well and we’ll go into the encounter confident in our ability and skills.”

Saeed Ajmal’s potency has been the talk of the tournament, with the No 1 T20 bowler drawing attention for the several variations in his armoury. The squad has prepared well for the spin-friendly conditions they expect, and may play two spinners at the venue as they did earlier in the tournament against Zimbabwe.  

“The guys have worked hard on their skills against spin over the last couple of weeks, especially knowing that it’s going to be important at this stage of the competition. We will have some plans (for Ajmal), and those will hopefully be revealed on Friday.

“The beauty of our batting line-up is that we have a lot of variety, different sets of batting skills in our line-up. Guys can use their feet, guys can sweep, guys can reverse sweep; so we have some very good options in our line-up.”

The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 (SA time).


  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-09-27 11:56

    the matches against our old foes oz and india are mouth-watering to say the least! how can the 4 best teams be in 1 group though??? i predict 2 oz losses this weekend in cricket and rugga at the hands of the men in green. . .

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-27 12:06

      GO PROTEAS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-27 12:27

      Better to face tough teams now than face them at an instant knockout semi final.

      UNITY - 2012-09-27 12:54

      They should look at having extra part time spinners like Duminy, as well. Also SA doesn't bowl tactically for stumpings..there's very little variation there.. We can use our feet but make sure yor leg is behind the line, if u miss! I like to see how we fair against spin, since Sri lanka , rested their key spinner.

  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-27 12:26

    I hope rain doesn't spoil my party!!

      marcus.vermaak - 2012-09-27 12:48

      Johannes, I've been asking myself that every time rain spoils a game. Technology has come a long way, why not have enclosed cricket grounds? They do it for American football, why not other sport?

      Johannes - 2012-09-27 12:49

      Why have they picked a country that is ridden by monsoons and tropical rainfall, specifically this time of the year??? But yes, I agree. Rain would be terrible. ps I predict Proteas to take the Pakies by 54 runs or 5 wickets Boom :) what you say?

      Johannes - 2012-09-27 12:57

      Marcus - I do believe that weather plays a very important roll in cricket. Albeit windy, hot, humid, dry, overcast or cold. Anything but rain really. Every different element (weather wise) in cricket, creates a different setup. Batsman and bowlers take different approaches due to the weather factor. Be it more/less spin, more swing because its overcast. It makes things a little more interesting, that's only my opinion of course.. Like I said in my previous comment, its crazy! Why not in a different country where we have greater probability of no rain. Or just in a different time of year.. Makes no sense.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-27 13:23

      johannes, i think you should be nervous :) you're top order is weak in my opinion besides AB and Kallis. Your big hitters only come off once in a while. plus you're in a pressure situation and we all know what happens then ;D lol we will bat first make 160+ and it will be enough with the 3 spinners that will help bowl you guys out for 140.

      Johannes - 2012-09-27 13:53

      Well you're all set then, nothing to be nervous about on your side. :) Let us see if your batsmen can face some proper seam bowling, not this nonsense bowling that NZ and Bang have dished up for you guys ;) Good luck man, but I hope SA wins!

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-27 14:03

      @johannes.. this all bodes well if there actually is a match at all tomorrow.

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-09-27 13:48

    Pakistan = match fixers = cheaters = cant support them

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-27 14:04

      @dieter, they're 100% clean now FYI. let's not go there.. proteas match fix also.. hansie was all good but look what happened..

  • maredi.mello.75 - 2012-09-27 15:22

    What are Wayne Parnell & Albie Morkel doing in that team, really. Parnell leaks tons of runs and Albie has a reputation for being a big hitter but that never gets translated into runs when we need them.

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