ICC World Twenty20

Proteas to lift their game

2014-03-23 20:43
JP Duminy (AFP)
Dhaka - Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, says the Proteas carry some positives from their loss against Sri Lanka, but will need to bring their "A" game to their second World Twenty20 match against New Zealand on Monday.

The Proteas need to win their last three matches against New Zealand, Netherlands and England, to keep alive their chances of a spot in the semi-finals of the tournament.
 
"There is a lot to take from our game against Sri Lanka," he said at the squad's training session in Chittagong on Sunday.

"Five runs was the difference, we could have made it up in the middle overs.

"We take a lot of confidence, especially from the bowlers after the way they (Sri Lanka) started we did well to bring it back.  
 
"In the first game you are trying to feel your way in the tournament, trying to figure out what the conditions are going to be like," he explained.

"The conditions here are totally different to what we experienced in the warm-up matches so it’s important that we adapt and adjust quickly."
 
New Zealand beat England in a rain-affected match last night and, although they are ranked seventh below the fourth-placed Proteas, they pose a dangerous threat boosting some key match-winners with both bat and ball.
 
"If you look at the way they have been playing over the last few months they come into the tournament with a lot of confidence," Duminy said.

"It's going to be an uphill battle for us but I'm confident that we have the armoury to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.

"They are a good side in the shorter format of the game so we are going to have to bring our "A" game tomorrow."
 
Faf du Plessis continues to make positive progress from a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the first match on Saturday, and will undergo a fitness test prior to the match to determine his availability for the crucial Group A match.

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