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25-Nov-2008 21:42:00 GMT
Bangladesh in South Africa 2008/09

South Africa v Bangladesh 2nd Test, Centurion - Preview

Centurion: Bangladesh are set to face an all-out pace attack at Centurion Park as South Africa look to seal a series win when the second Test starts on Wednesday.

Leading spinner Abdur Razzak is likely to return to the Bangladesh line-up after missing the first Test because he had to travel to Australia to undergo analysis of his bowling action after he was reported by the umpires and match referee during Bangladesh's home series against New Zealand last month. 

Bangladesh batsman loses his wickets against African fast bowler Dale Steyn. Bangladesh's inadequacies aside, South Africa had their own problems, most notably Morne Morkel, who conceded nearly seven-runs-per-over in the first innings, spraying the ball with alarming regularity. At the other end, however, South Africa have Dale Steyn who is rapidly becoming the finished article. His ninth five-wicket haul decimated Bangladesh's second innings, while his career strike-rate stands at a venomous 36.6.

Mahbubul Alam was impressive in Bloemfontein, maintaining a steady line and length even when South Africa's top order were piling on the runs. Found swing with both new balls, removing Graeme Smith with a beauty, and with more luck could have bagged more than two wickets. If the pitch is green he could cause a few problems

Pitch Report: The Centurion pitch is expected to be green and to favour the quick bowlers, it means problem for Bangladesh's batsmen against bounce.

Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. High 87F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%. All five days rain chance 30-50%.

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