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Faf doubtful for World Twenty20 opener

Faf du Plessis is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Proteas T20 Captain Faf du Plessis. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas team manager Doctor Mohammed Moosajee has told EWN Sport the team will not risk injury doubtful Faf Du Plessis in Saturday's opening World Twenty20 fixture against Sri Lanka.

The skipper is struggling with a hamstring injury, adding to the concerns of Russell Domingo, who is already sweating over Dale Steyn's fitness.

After picking up the injury during the third T20 against Australia, Moosajee said technically du Plessis could recover in time.

"Faf is struggling with a right hamstring strain he sustained during the third T20 against Australia. We discovered that he had a grade one right hamstring strain. And usually that can take seven to 10 days to recover."

"With the first match scheduled on Saturday 22 March, that strictly speaking will be seven days since the injury. Since this is a one day game, or like a final, we don't want to risk him, but we still need to be a bit cautious."

Moosajee said the progress of injured players would be monitored daily to see if any of them recovered on time.

"They will be monitored daily. As we said with Faf it's still very much 50/50. The earliest we'll make the decision is probably on Saturday afternoon."

Saturday's match gets underway at 11:00am.

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