Cricket-S.Africa: Lungi Ngidi says South Africa will look to knock Bangladesh out of the park in the Twenty20 World Cup on Thursday, specifically aiming to “bite the head off the snake” of the top order.
The Proteas lost the home one-day international series to Bangladesh in March and Ngidi, a key member of South Africa’s pace unit, said he and his teammates had learned some lessons from the reverse.
“Their batsmen came out quite aggressively against us, so we are very aware of that fact so we will definitely target their top order,” he told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday. ‘
“As a bowling unit, we will definitely be looking to bite the head of the snake, take out their top order, and restrict them to as low a total as possible.
“They outplayed us (in March), it’s that simple. But tomorrow, it’s a new day and we’ll see what happens.”
South Africa cannot afford any slip-ups after their Group 2 opener against Zimbabwe at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday was called off due to rain, leaving both sides with a point apiece.
Ngidi, who took 2-20 in the game in Hobart, said the rain interruption was a setback and could have been worse.
“Everybody’s talking about it in a negative way, but there was a chance we might not make the field,” he added.
“It’s one point more than at this stage in the last tournament. From here, we have to win all our games, it’s as simple as that.” Unfortunately, rain is also forecast for the Sydney area on Thursday.
“You control what you can,” Ngidi said. “We’re a bit unlucky, to be honest, we’ll get here and be ready to play.