South Africa’s recent limited overs record against England is bound to give them a lot of confidence. In their recent T20I series, the Proteas crushed England 2-0 to lift the series. Ahead of their opening game in the ICC World T20 against the same opposition in Mumbai, skipper Faf Du Plessis said that the Proteas would be aggressive and would look to put England under pressure right from the word go.
“I think it just puts more pressure on the team that has lost their first game. They know that if they lose, they could be possibly out of the competition,” he said. “It’s nice to play our first game, learn some lessons and try and implement it. They will be under pressure tomorrow and as I said, we want to put them under more pressure and see if they crack,” Du Plessis said.
“If we were in their shoes and we’d lost that first game, we would feel pressure going into the second match knowing if we lose we’d possibly be out. They’ll obviously be under pressure. As a team, you definitely feel the heat in that moment. It’s such a short tournament you have to hit the ground running,” he added.
Speaking about the Wankhede Stadium, Du Plessis said, “I feel this is one of the best grounds in India, where there is a bit in it for the bowlers as well. If you have bowlers who do the right things, especially early,” he pointed out. “I’ve also been on that side where teams have gotten a lot of wickets up front, and then, it becomes really difficult to get back in the game, because you’re not chasing quite a big score. “I think it’s a fantastic place to play T20 cricket. There is a bit of bounce, bit of swing, ball travels, wicket’s good, spinners not as much in the match as they would be in other grounds in India.”