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Dale Steyn is South Africa’s trump card: Faf du Plessis

Dale Steyn's (right) last over heroics helped South Africa beat New Zealand in ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images
Dale Steyn’s (right) last over heroics helped South Africa beat New Zealand in ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Mar 25, 2014

South African Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis has hailed his teammate Dale Steyn as his “trump card” after the pacer and JP Duminy’s efforts kept their team in the hunt for a semi-final spot at the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh.

Duminy notched a 43-ball 86 to lift South Africa to 170 for six, before Steyn successfully defended seven runs in the final over to help South Africa win their first match, against New Zealand, by two runs in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage on Monday.

According to Sport24, praising Steyn, du Plessis said that he needs to bring Steyn back in the game as the pace bowler is his trump card. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum also hailed Steyn’s efforts, saying that winning in the final over was difficult against a top bowler like Steyn.

New Zealand finished at 168 for two in their 20 overs, with Ross Taylor making 62 before Steyn ran him out at the non-striker’s end to spark a South African celebration.

Earlier, Duminy hit 10 fours and three sixes while Hashim Amla made a resolute 41 to guide South African, who were put in to bat, the report added.

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