It is fairly easy, as Wayne Parnell put it: South Africa are within the knockout phases. They have to beat Netherlands to undergo to the semi-finals and in case you’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 yet 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 should do to make sure they qualify. That is a number of ifs earlier than we even get to questioning what sort of contest this might be.
South Africa and Netherlands have solely performed one T20I towards one another however they’ve some current historical past. Netherlands had been in South Africa for a three-match World Cup Tremendous League ODI sequence final November, when the omicron variant of Covid-19 hit they usually 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 plain 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 concerning the Dutch method within the shortest format, they are going to know lots concerning the gamers concerned.
For South Africa, their blueprint has largely labored however there’s nonetheless work to do within the batting division. They may view this recreation as a remaining alternative to get the likes of Temba Bavuma and Tristan Stubbs into type and an opportunity to make a press release 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 beneath the radar. He has taken solely two wickets from 4 matches to date and has the very best economic system price 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 take a seat nicely 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 event approaches the enterprise finish.
David Miller sat out the match towards Pakistan with decrease again spasms and South Africa might be eager to get him up and working as quickly as he’s match. If that is on this recreation, Tristan Stubbs could miss out with Heinrich Klaasen retaining his place. South Africa may additionally deliver again Keshav Maharaj on the expense of one of many quicks.
South Africa: : (doable) 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 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 circumstances
An early begin could show difficult for the batters as a result of the ball will not skid on because it does at evening. Anticipate inconsistent bounce and a sluggish begin, though runs could come from the quick, sq. boundaries. The floor additionally will not supply the quicks as a lot as a few of the different venues, which might take the sting out of the competition to a point. There’s been rain within the lead-up to this match however Sunday’s forecast is evident.
Stats and trivia
- South Africa and Netherlands have met as soon as in a T20I earlier than, on the 2014 World Cup. South Africa gained 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 gained as soon as.
“It is a essential recreation for us. In T20 cricket, groups get nearer. We nonetheless should play nicely to beat them. They’re a high quality facet. They’ve proven they’ll play good cricket. Hopefully it is solely in patches and if we deliver our A recreation, I reckon we must always have sufficient.”
South Africa are hoping the sport will not get as shut because it did towards Pakistan, based on 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 recreation and beating South Africa, so we do not assume too far exterior of that. However we simply should do what we ‘ve performed nicely, and if we try this nicely towards South Africa, you by no means know, we would have a very good day towards them.”
Roelof van der Merwe on the truth that Pakistan’s destiny relies on them beating South Africa
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent