Domingo happy ahead of clash

2014-03-21 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — There may still be question marks about two of the Proteas’ key players, but coach Russell Domingo is more confident about his team’s first game in the T20 World Tournament against Sri Lanka tomorrow than what he was a couple of days ago.

“I have a clearer idea of my strategy for this game,” said Domingo after his team beat Pakistan with eight wickets during their second warm-up game in Fatullah.

“There was some pressure on us but we have taken a lot out of how we will play during the middle overs.

“I feel very positive about this performance,” said a smiling Domingo.

South Africa arrived late yesterday afternoon in Chittagong where they will start their campaign against Sri Lanka, one of the favourites to win the tournament.

“We have a net session tomorrow morning [today] and will be able to inspect the conditions,” said Domingo.

“It is apparently vastly different from the other places where we will be in action, therefore it is necessary to have a look at it before we finalise our team,” he said.

There will also be greater clarity about the extent of the thigh muscle injuries that are hampering captain Faf du Plessis and fast bowler Dale Steyn.

Domingo is very satisfied with his pace attack, which decimated Pakistan’s impressive batting list for only 71 runs.

“The bowlers bowled cleverly and also varied their pace. There was a lot a variation, which kept the batsmen guessing and that excites me,” he said.

“That is what we need in these conditions because a bowler cannot allow becoming too predictable,” said Domingo.

He feels that most of his top batsmen — Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, David Miller and Albie Morkel, as well as Farhaan Behardien — have all played exceptional innings and that they can approach the tournament with confidence.

The trio of lefties — Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe — also got their sights fully targeted and even while there remains concern about Steyn, it is good for the coach to have extra options available.

The three pacemen have each taken two wickets against Pakistan, which boosted their confidence.

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