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NEW DELHI---Dale Steyn has done
it twice. There s no reason he can t
do it again, says South Africa coach
Be a match-winning fast bowler
on India s slow pitches.
As South Africa prepares for a 14-
match tour starting today with a
50-over match against India A in
New Delhi, Domingo said he expects
his formidable pace attack to play
a big part in the series.
"We ve always come to India and
our fast bowlers have been success-
ful," Domingo said at a news con-
ference yesterday. "Although spin is
going to be a big factor during the
series, our seamers have done well
throughout the world, and we expect
them to play a big part in these con-
ditions as well."
Domingo s confidence stems from
Domingo backs seamers to be
key again on slow Indian pitches
Bowling, and particularly fast bowling, has
long been essential to the character of Pakistan s
cricket. Their bowlers certainly adjusted to con-
ditions more quickly than their batsmen in the
first T20I against Zimbabwe on Sunday, but it
was one of their spinners who turned the match
decisively in their favour. Imad Wasim removed
four of Zimbabwe s top five to help Pakistan
snatch a 1-0 lead in the series.
He was admirably backed up by the rest of the
bowling unit and, given the conditions, bowlers
will likely have a big impact on the result of today s
game as well. The enviable Twenty20 pedigree
in Pakistan s bowling attack bodes well for the
visitors, but there will be concerns to address
over the performance of the top order. It s been
almost two months since Pakistan last played
international cricket, but most of their squad took
part in their domestic T20 competition earlier
this month so rustiness shouldn t be a factor.
Zimbabwe s bowlers also had a good day out,
and there is no clear chink in their bowling
armoury heading into the second game. What is
needed by both sides is for one of the top order
to bat most of the way through the innings, as
shot-making became easier for the batsmen the
longer they were at the crease on Sunday.
While Zimbabwe have found a way to put them-
selves in winning positions with some consistency
this year, they have yet to crack the methods
needed to convert potential into tangible results.
The problem is a frustrating one, but one feels
that coach Dav Whatmore is getting closer and
closer to drawing the best out of his charges.
Today s match provides another opportunity to
get things right.
Steyn winning Tests for his team in India before.
In 2008 at Ahmedabad, he bagged 5-23 to dis-
miss India for 76 in the first innings, and took
3-91 in the second.
And in an innings victory at Nagpur in 2010,
he grabbed 7-51 and 3-37.
Domingo said the selectors were resting Steyn
and Morne Morkel during the Twenty20s to avoid
an overload, since the 72-day tour consists of
three T20s, five one-day internationals, and four
"Styen and Morne Morkel are very much in
the plans for the World Twenty20 (in India next
year). But because this was a long tour, we had
to think how best to manage our bowlers," Domin-
go said. "It would be a tough ask for them, prac-
ticing day in and day out. It was also an oppor-
tunity to develop others."
The pace bowling stocks included Vernon Phi-
lander, Kyle Abbott and the rising Kagiso Raba-
da.Domingo, who took over from Gary Kirsten as
national coach in 2013, said Indian conditions
don t faze the team, because many of the players
have become accustomed to them from playing
in the Indian Premier League.
South Africa T20 captain Faf Du Plessis said
he was happy the team was playing the first T20
in the hill city of Dharamsala on Friday.
The other two T20s are in Cuttack and Kolkata
The ODIs will be in Kanpur (Oct 11), Indore
(Oct 14), Rajkot (Oct 18), Chennai (Oct 22) and
Mumbai (Oct 25) and the Tests in Mohali (Nov
5-9), Bangalore (Nov 14-18), Nagpur (Nov 25-
29), and New Delhi (Dec 3-7). (AP)
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