India and South Africa are going to face each other in the 2nd semi-final game of 2014 ICC World Twenty20. But people decided that India will be going through seeing the inability of South Africa winning a knock out game in ICC events in last 14 years. But this is Cricket where anything can happen and in T20 format no one is underdog. So let’s look at some of South African players who can turn as threat for India.
Expected Threats from South Africa to India in Semi-Final match:
5. AB de Villiers:
Known as one of the finest T20 batsman de Villiers plays some hockey shots in the game. He is known for playing Orthodox and Unorthodox shots and manages with high strike rates. He hasn’t performed well in the 1st three games of this World T20, scoring just 50 runs. But he smashed a thunderous 28-ball 69 to power his team to win in a crucial game.
4. Hashim Amla:
Hashim Amla has been considered as one of those players who don’t fit to the T20 format. But he has proved that wrong in this World T20 scoring 163 runs in the four games he played and scored at a healthy strike-rate of 130. In the first two games he scored 64 runs but in both he hadn’t scored at a good pace. But against Netherlands and England he played vintage innings scoring at a strike rate more than 150 in both those games.
3. Dale Steyn:
Dale Steyn is commonly known as Steyn Remover (Stain Remover = Wicket Taker) for his ability of picking wickets at crucial stage. He is widely known for his destructive pace and aggressive speeds. He picked up 9 wickets in 4 games in this World T20. Against New Zealand when 7 needed of last over, he defended conceding just 4 runs. Against Netherlands, when the opposition was cruising towards an upset, he picked up two wickets at correct time and ended their hopes.
2. JP Duminy:
JP Duminy has been a Trump Card for South Africa in this World T20. He started with a 39 in the lost game against Sri Lanka and later played a match winning knock against New Zealand scoring 86 off just 43 balls. He has been opening with the ball for them trying to trouble the openers. He picked a wicket also. With the bat he scored 142 runs in 4 matches he played.
1. Imran Tahir:
Tahir has been the consistent element of South Africa’s World T20 campaign. He has picked up 11 wickets in the 4 games at a strike rate of 8, which means he picks 3 wickets every 4 overs he bowls. He has been economical too conceding just 6.3 runs per over. This leg break bowler’s secret has been troubling the batsmen with variations. His best performance was 4/21 against Netherlands where he and Steyn brought back SA from a lost position.