By Velile Mnyandu
Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius believes that the advantage of the South African men’s cricket national team is that they are in a good space and not reliant on individuals as they continue to chase for a semi-final spot in the T20 World Cup. Pretorius was speaking in the pre-match press conference of their Group 1 game against Bangladesh at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi (12pm).
The Proteas will be playing in their fourth T20 World Cup game, having lost the opening game to Australia and won the next games against West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively.
With England sitting at the top of the group with eight points, the Proteas are tied on four points each with Australia and only the top two teams advance to the semi-finals in the group.
After seeing the Proteas chasing down the target against Sri Lanka and going on to win by four wickets, Pretorius says the game against Bangladesh comes at a critical stage for them.
“I think our whole team, batting, bowling whatever, we’re not relying on one or two superstars to get us over the line. Our whole team is contributing all the time. David came to the floor, even Temba got us taking us deep in difficult conditions.
“I think overall our team is in a very good space at the moment but we’re not taking any matches or any results for granted.
“And then obviously bring all the intensity and passion when we get on to the field for the next game. Bangladesh is a good side, strong side, and very dangerous in these conditions, and we can’t take them lightly,” remarked Pretorius about the capabilities of this team.
Sri Lanka is coached by former Proteas mentor Micky Arthur and Bangladesh is also coached by another former Proteas coach in Russell Domingo, could this be a factor in their approach?
“I’m not sure what the game plan would be, but if you look at the whole structure of the World Cup at the moment, it looks like teams are taking care of the powerplay. They’re realizing that if you lose a few quick wickets there, that you’re going to be in danger there.
“I think they might take it as deep as Sri Lanka tried to do and see where they can fend off in the death. I think overall the structure will be very much the same.
“So however we’re going to go about it, that’s obviously our plan to make sure that we upset their way of thinking,” said Pretorius about the approach.
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