Proteas World Cup fortunes in their hands after two opening defeats – Toyana

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The Proteas slumped to one of their worst starts at an ICC Cricket World Cup event following their second consecutive loss, by 21 runs to Bangladesh, on Sunday night at the Oval.

Captain Faf du Plessis’ men looked a shadow of themselves in an identical performance to their crushing opening defeat at the hands of tournament favourites England last Friday.

Former SA U19 and Bizhub Highveld Lions head coach Geoffrey Toyana believes that South Africa have left a lot to be desired with the bat in their opening two outings.

Despite the nervy start at the world showpiece, Toyana remains confident that there is still enough time for the Proteas to turn their fortunes in their favour.

He emphasises that it is still early days to start looking for the panic button.

South Africa next face powerhouse India in their next clash on Wednesday in Southampton with a number of players battling with injuries and racing against time to make selection.

The former Titans batsman, Toyana, also adds that the loss of pace in the bowling attack due to injuries is also a big course for concern.

With all eyes on the hosts England, defending champions Australia and world dominators India, Toyana believes that his money is on the Caribbean Islanders, the West Indies. Report by Thando Gqamane