South African Tsotsobe`s World Cup injury scare

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 09:10 AM IST

Chennai: South Africa received an injury scare as pace bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe strained his right knee during the team`s eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in Saturday`s warm-up match of the cricket World Cup.

Tsotsobe sent down a couple of overs without success before falling awkwardly while trying to stop a boundary and was writhing in pain barely a week before the tournament gets underway.

Surrounded by worried team mates, the pacer received medical attention before eventually hobbling off the ground.

"That area of the outfield was wet and he flexed his knee and suffered a mild strain," team manager Mohammed Moosajee told reporters.

"He was assessed by the physiotherapist today and will be assessed again tomorrow morning and we`ll take a call from there."

South Africa kick off their Group B campaign against the West Indies in Delhi on Feb 24.

Graeme Smith and his men, however, can draw some positives from the match as they embark on putting World Cup heartbreaks, including semi-final exits in 1992, 1999 and 2007 and a shock quarter-final loss to the West Indies in 1996, behind them.

After Zimbabwe had decided to bat first, Smith employed as many as eight bowlers, including his three frontline spinners who shared six wickets among themselves.

Imran Tahir, the uncapped Pakistan-born leg-spinner with streaked hair, claimed three for 35 in 8.5 overs, removing Prosper Utseya and Shingirai Masakadza off successive deliveries to hasten Zimbabwe`s collapse for 152 in the 42nd over.

Left-arm spinner Robin Petersen scalped two while off-spinner Johan Botha got one. Pacer Morne Morkel was the pick of the South African bowlers, claiming three for 16 in his six tidy overs.

AB de Villiers took three catches behind the stumps to signal he is ready for his first wicketkeeping assignment for South Africa in a big event.

Batting mainstay Jacques Kallis, who the team had decided not to rush to action so that he can recover fully from a side strain, also spent quality time in the middle, hitting three sixes in his unbeaten 49-run knock.

Hashim Amla (45) and Smith (41) got some batting practice too as South Africa chased down the target with 26.3 overs to spare.

Bureau Report