Proteas take positives from warm-up matches
Posted by: csa on Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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The Blue Label Telecoms Proteas completed their match preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 with an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in Fatullah on Wednesday. The Proteas have won both of their warm-up matches quite comfortably, and will have a final net session in Chittagong on Friday before their opening match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
 
Proteas coach, Russell Domingo, says the last few days have given him a clearer picture of his strategy ahead of their opener in three days time.
 
" There was a bit of pressure in yesterdays game so a lot can be taken from how we played the middle overs, those are some positives," Domingo said.
 
" We have our idea of what we want to do with combinations after these games," he said. " We need to look at conditions in Chittagong, they might be different to Dhaka and the opposition that we play against will also play a role."
 
Quinton de Kock (15) and Hashim Amla (24) got the 72-run chase off to a brisk start, putting on 39 during the PowerPlay overs. The pair fell in quick succession, however David Miller (12 not out) and AB de Villiers (20 not out) made sure the Proteas crossed the line with six overs to spare.  
 
The bowlers put in another impressive performance to restrict Pakistan to 71 all out, after Mohammed Hafeez invited them to bowl first. Pakistan's batsmen never got going, with wickets falling regularly throughout the innings.
 
The primary bowlers in the squad were once again all tested under the conditions, and all managed to put in noteworthy performances. Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2/15), Beuran Hendricks (2/3) and Wayne Parnell (2/2) were the chief destroyers, an encouraging sign for the Proteas' management with Dale Steyn under an injury cloud.
 
" Our bowlers have bowled intelligently and have mixed up the pace well," Domingo continued. " That is always going to be important in these conditions. We have heard that the wicket in Chittagong is different to the one in Dhaka so we will need to assess the wicket once we get there tomorrow evening."
 
The Proteas travel to Chittagong on Thursday afternoon and will have a final net session on Friday morning.
 
 

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