South Africa pulled off a nail-biting two-run win over New Zealand in the ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images
South Africa pulled off a nail-biting two-run win over New Zealand in the ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images

 

By Devarchit Varma

 

Mar 26, 2014

 

Buoyed with their narrow win over New Zealand in the ICC World T20 2014 match, a confident South African side will aim to build on their winning momentum when they take on an inconsistent Netherlands side in the 21st match of the T20 World Cup at Chittagong on Thursday.

 

South Africa are coming off from a thrilling two-run win over New Zealand in their second match of the tournament. The Netherlands, who produced a stunning performance after registering the fastest innings ever in international cricket across formats, succumbed to a demoralising nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka. It was in that game when the Netherlands were shot out for a paltry 39 — the lowest Twenty20 Internationals score ever.

 

Dale Steyn bowled a brilliant final over when South Africa needed to defend seven runs to win their tie against the Kiwis, and the narrow win will give them immense confidence going ahead in the tournament. Importantly, the way Steyn went about his task in the match, returning with the figures of 4-0-17-4, will give the ace paceman immense confidence and rhythm.

 

Jean-Paul Duminy played a fine knock of 86 that powered South Africa to a huge total, and their batting line-up looks perfectly fine to take them ahead in this World T20. The presence of big hitters such as Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, David Miller and AB de Villiers provides them a good chance to set a big total, and their batting mainstay Hashim Amla would be expected to play the role of an anchor around whom an innings can be built.

 

The South Africans will be mighty pleased to see their lone spinner Imran Tahir among wicket-takers in the tie against the Kiwis, as the spin department has always been a worry for them in the past. The pace attack headed by Steyn would aim to gain more momentum against a comparatively weak Netherlands batting line-up.

 

With one win and one loss, South Africa can only aim to get better as there are big clashes ahead in the tournament and they would like to get into a good form.

 

On the other hand, the Netherlands will aim to get their act together after a crushing defeat against Sri Lanka in their first match of the Super 10s. The batsmen crumbled against the Sri Lankan spinners, and they would certainly be pleased with the presence of only one specialist spinner in the South African ranks.

 

Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Wesley Barresi and Peter Borren continue to be their key batsmen, and they will have the responsibility of reviving their side after the disastrous performance against Sri Lanka. Cooper’s experience in the Australian domestic cricket makes him the leader of the Dutch batting firepower.

 

The bowling department will be under pressure as they are up against a quality South African batting line-up. Pieter Seelar, Mudassar Bukhari and even Tom Cooper will have to take the responsibility of containing the South Africans, as the Netherlands would not like to give away too many runs and put their batsmen under pressure.

 

Squads:

 

Netherlands: Peter Borren (c), Stephan Myburgh, Wesley Barresi (wk), Logan van Beek, Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski, Vivian Kingma, Pieter Seelaar, Tom Heggelman, Mudassar Bukhari, Ahsan Malik, Timm van der Gugten , Michael Rippon.

 

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), AB De Villiers (wk), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Beuran Hendricks, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, David Miller, Wayne Parnell.

 

Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT

 

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(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)