Proteas gunning for positive start

By Drum Digital
27 September 2012

South Africa will be looking for a good start to their Super Eights campaign, where they come up against three powerhouse teams in a tough draw, when they begin the second round of the World T20 tournament on Friday.

Assistant coach Russell Domingo said the Proteas did not want to leave themselves too much to do in the latter stages of the Super Eights stage as they prepared to square off against 2009 champions Pakistan in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"We want to make sure we start the Super Eights well," Domingo said.

"We don't want to be playing catch-up cricket.

"In saying that, there are so many things that can affect the outcome of a T20 match, so we want to focus on our skills and our processes and not worry too much about the result upfront."

The South Africans, who beat Zimbabwe and hosts Sri Lanka in the first round, also face Australia and 2007 champions India in Group 2 of the Super Eights stage.

The top two teams from the group will qualify for the semi-finals, and with rain in the region causing uncertainty, starting well will be essential.

"They (Pakistan) are a quality side, we have a lot of respect for them," Domingo said.

"They have some good game breakers and match winners, but we are looking forward to it.

"We will do our homework... guys will prepare really well and we'll go into the encounter confident in our ability and skills."

The squad had prepared for the spin-friendly conditions, according to Domingo, and were considering playing two spinners at R Premadasa Stadium, as they did in their thumping 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the same venue.

"The guys have worked hard on their skills against spin over the last couple of weeks, especially knowing that it's going to be important at this stage of the competition," Domingo said.

"We will have some plans (to counter top-ranked T20 bowler Saeed Ajmal), and those will hopefully be revealed on Friday.

"The beauty of our batting line-up is that we have a lot of variety, different sets of batting skills.

"Guys can use their feet, guys can sweep, guys can reverse sweep, so we have some very good options in our line-up."

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