It is fairly easy, as Wayne Parnell put it: South Africa are within the knockout levels. They have to beat Netherlands to undergo to the semi-finals and for those who’d mentioned that pre-tournament, many would have thought the conclusion foregone, however this has been a World Cup of surprises and maybe there’s another?
If Netherlands beat South Africa in first of three Group 2 video games on Sunday, Pakistan solely have to beat Bangladesh to undergo to the semi-finals. If South Africa win, the results of the second match between Pakistan and Bangladesh will dictate what India need to do to make sure they qualify. That is numerous ifs earlier than we even get to questioning what sort of contest this will likely be.
South Africa and Netherlands have solely performed one T20I in opposition to one another however they’ve some current historical past. Netherlands have been in South Africa for a three-match World Cup Tremendous League ODI sequence final November, when the omicron variant of Covid-19 hit and so they left the tour early, however not earlier than taking 10 factors off South Africa in a washed-out match. South Africa will host Netherlands once more in April 2023 and people matches are essential to making sure their automated qualification for the ODI World Cup so there’s some wider context to the conflict. And there is additionally the apparent niggle: Netherlands are coached by a South African – Ryan Prepare dinner – and have as many as 4 South African-born gamers of their squad. Even when South Africa could not know a lot in regards to the Dutch method within the shortest format, they may know a lot in regards to the gamers concerned.
For South Africa, their blueprint has principally labored however there’s nonetheless work to do within the batting division. They are going to view this sport as a ultimate alternative to get the likes of Temba Bavuma and Tristan Stubbs into type and an opportunity to make an announcement about whether or not they can justify the favourites’ tag positioned on them just some days in the past.
South Africa LWWWL(final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
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In a tempo pack that appears to have all of it, Kagiso Rabada has flown underneath the radar. He has taken solely two wickets from 4 matches to date and has the very best financial system fee of any of the South African bowlers. In coping with swing from Parnell, tempo from Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi’s slew of slower balls, line-ups have recognized Rabada as a bowler they’ll goal, which is unlikely to sit down properly with him. Though he has lengthy shied away from being referred to as the chief of the assault, Rabada is South Africa’s most skilled bowler, and he’ll wish to flip in a giant efficiency because the match approaches the enterprise finish.
David Miller sat out the match in opposition to Pakistan with decrease again spasms and South Africa will likely be eager to get him up and working as quickly as he’s match. If that is on this sport, Tristan Stubbs could miss out with Heinrich Klaasen retaining his place. South Africa might also deliver again Keshav Maharaj on the expense of one of many quicks.
South Africa: : (attainable) 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma, 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen/Tristan Stubbs 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Keshav Maharaj/ Anrich Nortje, 9 Lungi Ngidi, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Kagiso Rabada
After a convincing win over Zimbabwe, Netherlands are more likely to go in unchanged.
Netherlands: 1 Stephan Myburgh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Tom Cooper, 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Scott Edwards (capt, wk), 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Fred Klaassen, 10 Paul van Meekeren, 11 Brandon Glover
Pitch and situations
An early begin could show difficult for the batters as a result of the ball will not skid on because it does at night time. Anticipate inconsistent bounce and a slowish begin, though runs could come from the quick, sq. boundaries. The floor additionally will not provide the quicks as a lot as among the different venues, which might take the sting out of the competition to some extent. There’s been rain within the lead-up to this match however Sunday’s forecast is obvious.
Stats and trivia
- South Africa and Netherlands have met as soon as in a T20I earlier than, on the 2014 World Cup. South Africa received by six runs.
- In 4 matches at this venue to date on this World Cup, the common first innings rating is 164, and the chasing crew has solely received as soon as.
“It is a essential sport for us. In T20 cricket, groups get nearer. We nonetheless need to play properly to beat them. They’re a top quality aspect. They’ve proven they’ll play good cricket. Hopefully it is solely in patches and if we deliver our A sport, I reckon we should always have sufficient.”
South Africa are hoping the sport will not get as shut because it did in opposition to Pakistan, in accordance with Wayne Parnell
“We do perceive the importance of the sport if we do beat South Africa. However clearly for us it is simply enjoying a sport and beating South Africa, so we do not assume too far outdoors of that. However we simply need to do what we have accomplished properly, and if we do this properly in opposition to South Africa, you by no means know, we’d have a great day in opposition to them.”
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Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent