T20 World Cup

Proteas: A steep climb already turns near-vertical

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SA captain Temba Bavuma. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC via Getty Images)
SA captain Temba Bavuma. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC via Getty Images)

That South Africa played extremely resilient, cling-on cricket was a morsel of comfort ... because they now need an awful lot of that characteristic, though crucially accompanied by different outcomes, in the remainder of the ICC T20 World Cup group phase.

Going nought-from-one at the hands of Australia in a tense, low-scoring opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday was a deep stomach-punch for Temba Bavuma’s troops in the context of the tournament format.

It is a brutal fact that they may well now require an unbroken sequence of victories from their four remaining pool games to stand a strong enough chance of progressing to the semi-finals, beginning with the next clash against cup-holders West Indies at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday (12:00 SA time).

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