Tigers confident of upset win

Dhaka, July 29

Asian minnows Bangladesh are confident of pulling off an upset victory against world No 1 South Africa in the deciding cricket Test starting on Thursday, captain Mushfiqur Rahim said.

Speaking to reporters in Dhaka on Wednesday, Rahim said his players dominated the last Test against the Proteas in Chittagong before rain forced a draw. “It is an opportunity against the world’s No 1 team and (to) put them under pressure,” Rahim said. Bangladesh have a poor record in Test cricket, but they are riding high after posting their highest ever total against South Africa of 326 in the first Test. Bangladesh also clinched 2-1 the preceding ODI series against the Proteas. South Africa captain Hashim Amla denied his team was under pressure to restore pride despite being unbeaten in a Test series on the subcontinent since 2006.

“Certainly we are here to win. We started well in the last Test match’s first two sessions. It was a kind of a drifter in the two days after that,” Amla told reporters. “But this Test match everybody is excited. We managed to get a few training although there was rain around. And thankfully the weather looks very good at the moment. Hopefully if we get a full five days, then it’s about us trying to do as well as we can.”