Duminy: Pressure is on

  • Last Updated: March 23 2014, 13:54 GMT

JP Duminy admits the pressure is building on South Africa after just one match at the World Twenty20.

JP Duminy: Added pressure on South Africa
JP Duminy: Added pressure on South Africa

The Proteas were losers by five runs in the Group 1 opener against Sri Lanka in Chittagong, meaning they will probably have to win their remaining three matches to book a place in the semi-finals.

The first of those comes on Monday against New Zealand, winners in a weather-affected match versus England, and Duminy is under no illusion that things have already reached do-or-die status.

"There's always going to be that added pressure on us now, depending on how other results go we're probably going to have to win all three," he said.

"We want to make sure that we give ourselves the best chance in this tournament and that unfortunately means winning the last three games.

"That's what it is and we're going to have to play accordingly."

New Zealand represent a tricky challenge in 20-over cricket, with a well-balanced side and plenty of hitting power.

Assessing his next opponents, Duminy added: "I guess if you look at the way they've been playing the last few months, they've come into this tournament with a lot of confidence so it's going to be an uphill battle for us.

"But I'm confident that we have the armoury to give ourselves the best chance. They're a really good side, especially in the shorter formats, so we're going to have to bring our A-game."

Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson anticipates an equally challenging day at the office against opponents desperate not to falter for the second time in a row.

"Tournaments like this you always want to win every game you can and South Africa will always be tough opponents," he said.

"It's the nature of T20, that everyone is a threat, but our focus doesn't change. We want to keep on top of our game and just play the way we want to play."

Much of that game plan revolved around the ball-striking ability of Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson, but Williamson offers a lighter touch at the top of the order.

"I think there's not really a place for an anchor role in 20 overs but there is an opportunity for different styles in the game," he explained.

"There is a lot of power in the side and my style is slightly different, as is Ross Taylor's, to a few of the others, so it's important we all compliment each other."


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