Proteas prepare for spin onslaught
South Africa and India face off in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final in Dhaka on Friday.
CAPE TOWN - The Proteas are bracing themselves for a barrage of spin from India in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Friday.
Spin bowlers dominate the wicket-taking charts at the tournament, thanks to the pitches in Bangladesh offering considerable turn and bounce.
South Africa's Imran Tahir is the second-highest wicket taker with 11, closely followed by Indian spin wizard Amit Mishra, who has claimed nine victims already.
Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy acknowledged the challenge facing his side, adding South Africa is well aware of the threat they are up against.
"We know it's going to be a big challenge for us. Their spinners have been doing exceptionally well in this tournament but I think we have the armoury to put in a big performance against their spinners.
"We know what to expect, we have played against them a number of times and we have had good success against them. We know it's semi-final time in a World Cup, it doesn't get bigger than this - so we are going to have to produce something good."
Duminy says the dew problem that has plagued matches in Chittagong should not be a problem in Dhaka.
"The conditions here are different. There isn't much dew around and the wicket takes a bit more turn. We are going to have to prepare accordingly. We know we are predominately going to face spin against India."
The Proteas had to fight back from losing positions in many of their group stage matches to seal their passage to the semi-finals.
Duminy says those performances will count for nothing on Friday.
"It's a new game, whatever has happened is in the past. We are up for the challenge and hopefully we will come up on top. The highs you have gone through during the tournament count for nothing now. Yes, you will take confidence from a lot of performances but in the end, it comes down to putting in the performance on the day."