Friday 21 March 2014 

South Africa Confident Despite Injuries

Dale Steyn celebrates a wicket
Dale Steyn (centre) will undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring injury - as will Faf du Plessis
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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says his side are confident ahead of their opening match at the ICC Worl Twenty20 despite the fact that both he and Dale Steyn are carrying injuries.

Both men will undergo late fitness tests on their hamstrings before South Africa take on Sri Lanka tomorrow (22nd March) in Chittagong.

After losing a Twenty20 series at home to Australia before arriving in Bangladesh, South Africa have beaten a Bangladesh 'A' side and then hammered Pakistan, bowling them out for 71, in their warm-up games.

Du Plessis says that those performances have given them confidence as they prepare to take on a Sri Lanka side that beat India but lost to the West Indies in their warm-up games.

"It's a World Cup with a short turnaround between matches so momentum is important and so too carrying it with you," he said.

"We take a lot of confidence from those warm-up matches earlier this week.

"Sri Lanka will come in with confidence after winning the Asia Cup so the sort of form you bring into the tournament plays a key role."

Key to beating Sri Lanka, according to du Plessis, is dealing with their spinners and Lasith Malinga but du Plessis says that in AB de Villiers, his side have the perfect man to put them in a winning position.

"AB is the guy that needs to be winning us games in the middle overs," he said.

"He is such a good player of spin and that is the hardest part to bat in the sub-continent, you need your best player to be batting there.

"If he bats up front and gets a good ball, you lose one of you key players early on.

"From a team point of view it's nice to know that, if you have a good start, you still have a great hitter of the ball to come."
 
And he added that both he and Steyn have been working hard to get fit for the match.

"It's been an intense week for Dale and myself.

"We want to make sure that we are ready for the game tomorrow.

"As it is right now, we are still assessing and we will both have a late fitness test tomorrow to see if we are ready.

"Dale had a bowl in the nets today and he came through alright so we will see how he goes tomorrow."

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