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Last Updated:  Saturday, 22 February, 2003, 14:36 GMT
Bowling display buoys Pollock
Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini
Ntini was the pick of the bowlers
South Africa captain Shaun Pollock was full of praise for his team as South Africa pulled off an emphatic win over minnows Bangladesh.

The World Cup hosts had little trouble cruising to an easy 10-wicket victory in Bloemfontein to keep alive their hopes of making the Super Sixes.

Their display also helped ease worries about South Africa's well-publicised bowling problems.

"I thought we bowled well and it was great entertainment for the crowd," said Pollock, who picked up two wickets for eight runs.

"Sometimes it's difficult with certain field settings. But I think the disciplines were there, the areas were hit and the guys were happy with their outing."

South Africa have suffered a troubled start to their World Cup campaign, winning just one of their first three games before facing Bangladesh.


The biggest problem has been their erratic bowling.

West Indies stormed to 278 for five against South Africa in the tournament opener, while New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming's unbeaten 134 inspired his team to a reduced victory target after the hosts had made an impressive 306 for six.

But the hosts alleviated fears on Saturday as paceman Makhaya Ntini earned man-of-the-match honours with four wickets for 24 runs.

"It went according to plan - that's what we wanted to achieve from the day," said Pollock after his team bowled out Bangladesh with more than 14 overs to spare.

"I thought we bowled well and it was great entertainment for the crowd."

Pollock was even more delighted after openers Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten reached the paltry target of 109 in just 12 overs.

"We were aiming for 11 but it went a bit over that," he joked.

However, one surprise was the omission of paceman Allan Donald, who was left out in his home town in place of 20-year-old Monde Zondeki.

Donald, the only South African to take 300 test wickets and one of the best one-day performers of all time, has struggled for form in the tournament.

"It was always our intention from the start to play 15 players in the preliminary round. All 15 are important," South African chief selector Omar Henry said before the match.

"We will find a way to get Allan back in contention. He's crucial.

"The bowlers haven't functioned as a pack, therefore we had to look at other bowlers. We know for a fact that our bowling is not what it used to be. It needs working on."

South Africa now face Canada on 27 February, followed by Group B pace-setters Sri Lanka on 3 March.

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