South Africa need a win to secure a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as they face a Dutch team riding high after breaking through in the Super 12 win.
A spot in the semi-finals is at stake for South Africa when they face the Netherlands in a do-or-die clash at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
A win in South Africa will secure their place in the semi-final after missing the chance to capture one with a game over when they head to Pakistan in their rainy match.
But if the Netherlands is upset here, the winner of the Pakistan-Bangladesh match would be able to skip Temba Bavuma and his men to the all-important top two places in Group 2 and bag South Africa.
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South Africa were arguably the form side of the Super 12 stage as they kicked off their tournament with three smashing wins, including a five-wicket win over a white-hot India.
But a slip-up after rain interrupted their clash with Pakistan has brought South Africa back to the pack and risk an early end to their T20 World Cup campaign.
The in-form Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw will look to bounce back against the Netherlands after falling cheaply on Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi, although skipper Bavuma found some much-needed touch with a rapid-fire 36 in that match.
South Africa are hoping to recall David Miller after the middle-class powerhouse missed the loss to Pakistan due to back spasms, and can expect more from pacesetter Kagiso Rabada than the two wickets he has claimed so far.
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The Netherlands can take consecutive wins after finishing Zimbabwe’s semi-final dreams as they took a comfortable five-wicket win.
Opener Max O’Dowd is among the leading run-scorers at the T20 World Cup with 213 from seven innings and his steady starts will once again be crucial for the Netherlands’ chances.
Right arm fast Paul van Meekeren has increasingly looked at home in the Super 12 stage and has taken seven wickets in four games in that period, including 29-3 against Zimbabwe.
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While the Netherlands may not have experience playing in such pivotal occasions as these, they only need a few of their mid-range batters such as Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede and skipper Scott Edwards to make South Africa sweat.
“South Africa is a good outfit,” veteran Roelof van der Merwe told reporters on Saturday.
“(But) we’ve played good cricket in stages in this tournament, and we know we can carry them over on the day if we just stick to what we did well.”
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (World Cup), Temba Bavuma (Capt), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi
Netherlands: Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (capt, wk), Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover
The speedster was one of the most damaging bowlers at the T20 World Cup and is the only one to have had two four-wicket-hauls to date. The depth of the South African pace attack means Nortje is usually the fourth bowler used, but his ability to limit runs and claim scalping means the right armer is invaluable in the final overs.
Bas De Leede
The young Dutch all-rounder excelled in the first round but found the Super 12 stage more difficult and had to withdraw injured after being punched in the face while beating Pakistan. De Leede showed his resilience by fronting Zimbabwe just three days later, taking 2/14 from four overs to now have the second most wickets at the T20 World Cup with 11.
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Choice of captain: Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock has not been able to score consistently in the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup. But it’s a well-known fact that once he gets into his zone, it becomes difficult for any bowler in the world to stop the damage he can inflict. The 29-year-old opener is someone who can score aggressively in the power play and also has all the potential in the world to hit deep and win games for his team in any situation.
Must Have Pick: Anrich Nortje
South African pacesetter Anrich Nortje has caused a lot of trouble for the opposing team’s batters in the on-going T20 World Cup 2022. Nortje’s speed has rattled and his 13.3 overs from four overs in the tournament has saved him a whopping 10 wickets at an average of 8.40 and a very impressive economy of 6.22. In the last game of his match against Pakistan, he leaked 41 runs but took four wickets. The 28-year-old also took a four-wicket-haul against Bangladesh. Expectations will again be high when Nortje walks in with the ball in hand against the Netherlands, a team that has not yet met him.
Differential choice: Max O’Dowd
Max O’Dowd is his side’s top scorer in the tournament so far. In fact, he is just seven runs behind Virat Kohli, who currently leads the run chart. However, he has played three more matches than Kohli as the Netherlands were also part of the first round of the 2022 T20 World Cup. A total of 213 runs at an average of 35.50 and a stroke rate of 115.76 have come off the sheet 28-year-old batter.