Mumbai - With one day to go before South Africa's
opening match in the World Twenty20, captain Faf du Plessis is ready to
capitalize on the effects of England's defeat by West Indies.
Du Plessis, the South Africa captain, said
he would feel under pressure after Chris Gayle smashed a 47-ball unbeaten 100
as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in the Group 1 game on Wednesday.
"If we were in their shoes and we had
lost that first game we would feel pressure going into the second game knowing
if we lose we'd possibly be out," Du Plessis said ahead of his team's
final practice session at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
"They'll (England) obviously be under
pressure ... as a team you definitely feel the heat in that moment."
Gayle made a mockery of England's total of
182-6 as the batsman blasted 11 sixes and helped West Indies reach its target
with 11 balls to spare for the loss of four wickets.
"Chris has been a master T20 batsman
for a while ... he just sits and targets a specific bowler. You never really
see Chris go from ball one," Du Plessis said.
South Africa had a perfect build-up to the
tournament when it beat England 2-0 in the T20 series at home last month and it
also enjoys a 4-1 lead in head to heads against their rivals in World T20
"If we put England under pressure
we're hoping they'll almost fall back on that mentality of losing games and not
being confident," he said.
With Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, South
Africa has a strong batting line-up with Du Plessis supplementing the middle
order. And Du Plessis knows well victory on Friday could put England in severe
danger of making an early exit from the tournament with defending champion Sri
Lanka and Afghanistan in their group.
"It's such a short tournament you have
to hit the ground running," Du Plessis said.
"We've got a few guys that are looking
good. Our batting line-up looks like it is in form and that's a dangerous sign
for the opposition, it's just about putting it together on the day."
Although De Villiers averages just 22.87 in
the shortest format, his promotion up the batting order could make things
difficult for the opponents in the first six overs of batting power play.
"He (AB de Villiers) plays best when
he assesses conditions and sees what the bowlers are about. When he gets that
sniff he becomes really hard to bowl at," Du Plessis said.
The toss could be vital for both teams as
England's seamers struggled to grip the wet ball under the lights against Gayle
after West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field.
"We look at all games as a must win
game," Morgan said after being beaten by West Indies.
"There was lot more dew tonight and
the ball got lot more wet, it could be a big part in the South African
South Africa, still searching for its first
major title in world cricket, was third in 2009.