Bavuma: First 15-20 overs will be key in tricky run chase


Proteas batsman Temba Bavuma believes the first 15-20 overs will set the tone for their run chase on Friday as they look to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series against Pakistan in Centurion.

Seamer Duanne Olivier took 5-59 in the second innings, to complete 11 wickets in the game, as Pakistan were bowled out for 190 in their second innings to set the Proteas a target of 149 on a surface that is assisting the pacemen.

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Bavuma, who top-scored for the hosts with 53 in their first innings total of 223, feels the Proteas still have to have a positive mindset when chasing down the score on Friday.

The 28-year-old said: “The first 15-20 overs will be key. We would like to be as positive as we can, try an assert ourselves as much as we can against their bowlers.

“Pakistan have a very good bowling attack so it won’t be easy but if we can dominate those first 15-20 overs it will make things a lot easier for the guys coming in at the back end.”

Asked about the pitch, Bavuma says it quickens up as the day progresses but the key is to stay patient and then put the bad ball away.

The Lions player certainly did that in his knock as he looked fluent as he made his way to 53 off just 87 balls.

Bavuma added: “This morning the wicket was a bit on the slow side so much as the ball was nipping you had time to adjust.

“In the afternoon when the wicket quickens up it gets a bit tricky when the ball is nipping at pace.

“You really have to have good plans. You have to show a lot of patience but the biggest thing is that when the bad ball represents itself you have to be in a position to put it away.”

By Nasri Alexander