South African women take on Sri Lanka in Twenty20

2012-09-26 00:00

SOUTH African women’s captain Mignon du Preez is looking forward to taking on Sri Lanka in the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (T20) 2012, today.

The South Africans are in the process of putting the final touches to their preparation after arriving on the island on Friday.

“As much as we are under our own pressure to put in a good performance in this tournament, I would say we don’t have as much weight on our shoulders as Sri Lanka does as the hosting nation,” she said.

The weather has put a dampener on preparations for the past two days, making it impossible for teams to take a look at the pitch and make their own assessments, but this is not a cause for too much concern for Du Preez.

“Thankfully, we played a practice match against England in Colombo and we have had a few days to get acclimatised to the Sri Lankan conditions after coming straight from a competitive tour of Bangladesh. That tour assisted us in that we were in the sub-continent for two full weeks before arriving and this gives us a slight edge against those teams who have not,” Du Preez said.

South Africa beat Bangladesh 2-1 in their one-day international series and 2-1 in the T20 series. This gave them the needed confidence coming into a tournament of this size. They, however, lost to England by a convincing 121 runs in their warm-up match, but Du Preez is confident of her side’s chances going into the tournament.

“Obviously, we wanted to do a lot better against England. We had one of those days where things got a little bit hectic a little too soon, but I believe we have addressed this and will have a better opening match against the hosts,” she commented.

South Africa take on Sri Lanka today at Galle Cricket Stadium at 9.30 am.

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