South Africa turn to spin to win World Cup

South Africa's ability to play spin could also be crucial against New Zealand on Friday, with Daniel Vettori expected to return to the opposition line-up after missing two matches with injury.

updated: March 22, 2011 15:52 IST
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Dhaka: South Africa have two bowlers among the top 10 leading wicket takers at the World Cup - and neither of them is Morne Morkel or Dale Steyn.

Morkel is No. 4 in the ICC bowling rankings in the one-day format, two places ahead of fellow paceman Steyn, but it is spinners Robin Peterson, with 14 wickets, and Imran Tahir with 12 who have led the way in South Africa's progress to the quarterfinals.

Off-spinner Johan Botha has played what he described on Tuesday as a "holding role" and his input proved crucial in the narrow win over India when he was brought on midway through the innings to help slow the home side's explosive start.

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