Botha hopes to do well in "holding role" against NZ
Mirpur: South African off-spinner Johan Botha is relishing the job of drying up runs in the middle overs and is hoping to contribute to the team`s cause in the quarterfinal against New Zealand on Friday.
Botha`s performance proved to be crucial in South Africa`s narrow win over India in the league match when he was brought on midway through the innings to check the flow of runs.
India were all out for less than 300 and Botha ended with figures of 0-39 from nine overs. "We three spinners are a lot different from each other. They (Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson) attack and I keep the runs in check," Botha said ahead of the quarter-final match. "I am doing more of a holding job and controlling the bowling from one side and they have all been taking wickets
from the other end. I am enjoying my role and hope to do well in the quarterfinal," he said.
"Then we have world class seamers (in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel) like we know who have done their job so far in the tournament. All in all, we`ve got a really good bowling attack," said the vice-captain. Botha has taken four wickets from four matches in the tournament. Peterson is South Africa`s leading bowler in the tournament with 14 wickets, while Tahir has 12 and Steyn has 10.
South Africa topped tough Group B with five wins from six matches but Botha refused to take New Zealand lightly, saying the Black Caps were capable of springing a few surprises. "We know we are up against a quality team and if we are not going to be on top of our game, it`s going to be a really tough match," said Botha.
"Ross Taylor is definitely a key player and so is Brendon McCullum. And Daniel Vettori is obviously a world class bowler. We respect him a lot. But our guys have played spin really well in the tournament and look forward to playing against him again."
Vettori, who missed his team`s two previous matches against Canada and Sri Lanka due to injury, is almost certain to take the field on Friday.