Stiaan getting familiar with facing Mustafizur


Proteas batsman Stiaan van Zyl says he and the team are working out ways to play Bangladesh's new bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman.

The 19 year-old left-arm fast bowler has burst onto the international scene and made an electric start to his Tigers career.

Mustafizur has taken 18 wickets in his first six ODIs and made a promising Test debut against the Proteas in the drawn first Test in Chittagong last week, taking four wickets in the first innings.

Van Zyl, who opened the batting for the first time in international cricket in the first Test, was one of the few players in the South Africa team that looked comfortable against Mustafizur.

A left-handed batsman, Van Zyl said: "He (Mustafizur) is obviously the new guy on the scene. We haven't faced him a lot, and with any guy the more you face him, the more comfortable you become because you know what he's going to do.

"For me, I was aware of the cutter that he bowls. On the wicket we played the Test it did not grip as much as it did during the one-day series. I just try to play on the right-hand side of the wicket as that puts me into a better position I think.

"He is trying to get you bowled or lbw, because he likes to come into your pads. I am not saying he won't get me out in the next Test, but I think you need to go forward to because the ball keeps a bit low here.

"If you hang back you could get yourself into trouble."

The second and final Test between The Tigers and the Proteas starts in Dhaka on Thursday.