Ahead of the opener,SA bad as it gets

South Africa hopes to end Zimbabwe’s World Twenty20 campaign on Thursday when the African teams meet in a Group D match

Written by Reuters | Hambantota | Published:September 20, 2012 2:55 am

South Africa hopes to end Zimbabwe’s World Twenty20 campaign on Thursday when the African teams meet in a Group D match.

However,five South African players are suffering from a stomach bug. “We have a few guys who’ve gone down with viral infection,vomiting and diarrhoea but I am happy to say that they are on the mend,” team manager Mohammed Moosajee said on Wednesday.

“I am hopeful come tomorrow,all 15 will be fit to take the field,” he said while declining to identify the players struck by illness. On Monday,three members of New Zealand’s World Twenty20 team — Tim Southee,Rob Nicol and Daniel Vettori — went down with stomach trouble.

On the field,the South Africans have closely studied the nature of the wicket. South Africa’s Hashim Amla said: “I think more importantly for us was how the wicket reacted and the kind of scores you are looking at (in) this ground and also the size of the field,’’ Amla said.

The staggering bowling figures of 6 for 8 from Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis on Tuesday would have encouraged the Proteas spinners,former captain Johan Botha and Robin Pietersen.

Fast bowler Albie Morkel was nursing a back complaint and had a scan on Tuesday. But manager Mohammad Moosaji said the paceman will hopefully be available for selection.

Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher said it was a big disappointment to see his batsmen being dismissed for 100 in 17.3 overs after Sri Lanka posted a challenging 182 for 4.

“Obviously it’s our last chance to progress in the tournament and to do so we will have to put in a vastly improved performance than against Sri Lanka,” he said. “But we have to pick ourselves up and be positive against what we know is a very good side.”

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