World Cup: South Africa aim to bounce back against injury-stricken Bangladesh
Updated: Jun 01, 2019, 04:52 PM(IST)
South Africa had a painful start to their World Cup campaign and they aim to get back on track when they return to the Oval to face Bangladesh, who will be playing their opening match in the World Cup.
South Africa had a painful start to their World Cup campaign and they aim to bounce back as they face Bangladesh on Sunday.
The Proteas suffered a 104-run thrashing against hosts England in the tournament's opening match on Thursday.
But they have a chance to get back on track when they return to the Oval to face Bangladesh, who will be playing their opening match in the World Cup.
No time to panic for Proteas
South African captain Faf du Plessis says now is not the time to panic.
"This is where it's important for us to make sure that you look at the World Cup for what it is. You know, you're going to play games. You're going to come up against quality opposition," Du Plessis said.
"England were better than us in all three facets of the game. They showed why they are such a good cricket team, and now we have to look at the league. It's a league competition.
Rabada's key role as death specialiast
Fellow pace bowler Kagiso Rabada also offered a glimpse of his talent with two wickets and Du Plessis expects them to put Bangladesh under pressure.
Proteas captain said ''Lungi, Kagi, those guys are going to play a role when it comes to close games at the death as the tournament moves on."
Lungi Ngidi's beautiful action
Lungi Ngidi was their leading wicket-taker with three in his 10 overs, including the prize scalp of the destructive Jos Buttler in the game against England.
"Lungi, he's got a beautiful action. The way he came back (from a slow start) was beautiful. You know, to get Jos Buttler out, he's probably one of the best strikers in the world," Faf du Plessis said.
Captain Mortaza hopes to be fit
Bangladesh will be playing their first match of the World Cup as they look to better their run to the quarter-finals in the 2015 edition.
Mashrafe Mortaza hopes to be fit to captain the team despite suffering a hamstring strain while bowling during their warm-up match against India on Tuesday
"A lot of times in such cases I face trouble bowling the first one or two overs. Once I get through that, I don't face any more problems," he told Dhaka-based bdnews24.
Experienced Iqbal unfit along with Mustafizur, Mahmudullah
Opener Tamim Iqbal suffered a wrist injury while batting in the nets ahead of their opening World Cup match against South Africa.
The experienced left-handed batsman was immediately rushed to the dressing room along with physio Thian Chandramohan after being hit on his left wrist during the practice session.
While Mustafizur Rahman and Mahmudullah are also under scans suffering from calf and shoulder injuries respectively.
Shakib and Saifuddin suffering from strained backs
Bangladesh is also sweating over the fitness of some of their other key players.
Mohammad Saifuddin, who took the important wicket of world number one Virat Kohli.
Saifuddin is recovering from a back problem.
Spin-allrounder Shakib Al Hasan had also suffered a back spasm recently but is likely to be fit for the opening match.