Dhaka - Asian minnows Bangladesh are confident of pulling off an upset
victory against world number one South Africa in the deciding cricket Test
starting on Thursday, captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.
Speaking to reporters in Dhaka on Wednesday, Rahim said his players
dominated the last Test against the Proteas in Chittagong before rain forced a
"It is an opportunity against the world's number one team and (to) put
them under pressure," Rahim said.
"We almost dominated them in every sessions of the last match and we
have the capability to pick up 20 wickets."
"But it's not that we can win in one day, so we need to be consistent
and that is a big challenge," he cautioned.
Bangladesh have a poor record in Test cricket, but they are riding high
after posting their highest ever total against South Africa of 326 in the first
Test. Bangladesh also clinched 2-1 the preceding one-day international series
against the Proteas.
South Africa captain Hashim Amla denied his team was under pressure to
restore pride despite being unbeaten in a Test series on the subcontinent since
"Certainly we are here to win. We started well in the last Test match's
first two sessions. It was a kind of a drifter in the two days after
that," Amla told reporters.
"But this Test match everybody is excited. We managed to get a few
training sessions although there was rain around.
"And thankfully the weather looks very good at the moment. Hopefully if
we get a full five days, then it's about us trying to do as well as we
Amla said South Africa was unlikely to add another pacer to their line-up.
South Africa fielded with three pacers - Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon
Philander - during the match in Chittagong.
Steyn needs just one more wicket to join a select group of bowlers to claim
400 Test scalps.