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Lucky against the unlucky

Sports Reporter from Chittagong

Two teams with contrasting fortunes in the ICC World Twenty20 will take the centre stage at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today. For South Africa, who went down by a whisker to Sri Lanka on Saturday, it will be a must-win encounter.
The Proteas will be hoping that their captain Faf du Plessis -- nursing a hamstring injury -- will return after missing the last game. Despite a good start in the last game, none of their batsmen managed to successfully carry on with their innings and it was an aspect that changed the course of the chase towards the end of the match, where they ended five runs short.
Following the game, AB de Villiers had criticised his team's performance and stated that the Proteas had not given their 100 per cent.
They will however, be hoping to put up a better effort today against New Zealand, against whom they have won eight out of the eleven times they played each other.
Unexpected rainfall helped New Zealand get a good start in the tournament as they were declared winners by nine runs on Duckworth-Lewis method, in a rain-curtailed game against England on Saturday. With clear skies expected today, the Kiwi batting will be truly tested.
Brendon McCullum, who smacked three boundaries in the penultimate over of the game against England, where the Kiwis needed 10 runs to stay ahead on the D-L par score, will once again be the key player for the Kiwis. A good start from him can build the foundation for the likes of Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor to carry on.
There were a number of hitters for South Africa in the last game and had JP Duminy not been caught inches away from the boundary, he could have well taken his side home. Imran Tahir, who took three wickets in the last game, is expected to play a key role as well.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014

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