The steps leading towards the victor’s podium has always frozen South Africa in the past and as the ICC World Twenty20’s Super Eights hurtles in, the Proteas believe that they can buck the trend. South Africa’s assistant coach Russel Domingo said that the team has done the hard yards and is all set for the match against Pakistan here on Friday.
Pakistani stumbling-block: “Pakistan has got some big game-breakers and match-winners. We will do our homework and we are going into that particular encounter quite confident in our ability.”
Antidote against Saeed Ajmal’s mystique: “Some guys might sweep, some might use their feet and some might go deep in their crease. It’s very different to each player and that’s the beauty of our batting line-up. We have got a lot of variety and different skills.”
The build-up: “We have been playing cricket for three months. If we are not match-ready now, we will never be match-ready. We have played a high intensity tour in England and played a warm-up game against New Zealand. We feel like we have had enough game practice.”
Those 22 yards: “The groundsman seems to think there will be a little bit of pace and bounce which could suit us. There’s not much grass cover but looks like it is pretty hard for the heat that we are having at the moment. That could work for us.”
Keywords: Twenty20 World Cup