South Africa target fragile Pakistan confidence at T20 World Cup


South Africa’s David Miller warned on Wednesday they will look to “exploit” Pakistan’s fragile confidence as they strive to seal a Twenty20 World Cup semi-final spot and send their opponents packing.

The Proteas were touted as dark horses in the lead-up to the showpiece in Australia and have showed why with a fearsome pace attack and batsmen in form. Ahead of other matches in Group 2 later on Wednesday, they topped the table with two wins from three matches including a victory over India. South Africa’s third game was washed out. In contrast, Pakistan are fifth and their World Cup fate will be sealed if South Africa beat them at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Pakistan’s much-vaunted opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have failed to fire in three matches at the World Cup and are under pressure to find form, and fast.

“I think it is an area to exploit,” said middle-order batsman Miller. “This game is all about confidence and they haven’t probably performed the way they’ve wanted to.—Agencies


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