Chennai: South Africa’s batting coach and former cricketer JP Duminy said his team will try to continue the momentum achieved in the last few days in the next World Cup clash against Pakistan in Chennai. After suffering a setback with a defeat against Netherlands in Dharamsala, South Africa posted scores of more than 350 runs in two consecutive matches to defeat defending champions England and Bangladesh.
“We will definitely take confidence from this,” Duminy told reporters after the 149-run win over Bangladesh. We talk about rhythm gives confidence. You think about winning consecutive matches and I think we will definitely take a lot of confidence from the way we played in the last two matches.
South Africa has a better net run rate than India and will look to topple the hosts by defeating Pakistan here on Friday to top the points table. “We definitely want to enjoy the win in the big match against Pakistan,” Duminy said. There are areas where we can improve, there are always areas that you can focus on and see how we can get better. The next match against Pakistan is obviously important for us.
However, a big question remains over South Africa’s ability to handle pressure while chasing as they have won each of their wins by scoring big while batting first. Duminy believes that his team will be prepared as his mantra is to understand the conditions well. Duminy dismissed the notion that South Africa’s bowling line-up lacks experience, citing the presence of Kagiso Rabada.
“I’m excited about the learning opportunities we’re getting,” he said. As much as we talk about inexperience, Rabada has been playing for a long time and he brings experience. And he has certainly shown aggression and accuracy in this World Cup, which is fantastic.
“People have supported him, Marco Jansen is young, the control he has is exciting,” Duminy said. He swings the new ball, which we are very excited about.” Quinton de Kock has scored three centuries in five matches of the current World Cup but coach Duminy is proud that the team has the wicketkeeper-batsman, who will retire from the World Cup after the tournament. There is hunger to play big innings.