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Faf's simple recipe for success

The Proteas take on India in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Friday.

Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis will lead his side out for a semi-final against India on Friday. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says key decision-making during pressure situations will hold the key for South Africa.

The Proteas are up against India on Friday in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Thursday, du Plessis said his side head into the game as clear underdogs.

"We have felt it a couple of times before that it was our time and that didn't work out. To be honest with you, India is still regarded as favourites. We have almost been playing as underdogs; no one really gave us a chance before the tournament.

"We have been playing really well as a team. We have had different guys performing in each game, so we are not relying on a particular individual. It is a high pressure game, it will be important to play the key moments well and to make the right decisions at crucial times. If we do that, we will come out on top."

India have won five out of the seven previous T20 meetings between the sides.

Du Plessis highlighted India's past successes at major ICC tournaments as one of the reasons for their favourites tag.

"In these T20 games, it is about how you play on the day. We will enter the game with a fresh mindset. We have had huge success against them before. We have been through some tough situations with our resilience and never-say-die attitude getting us through. We're expecting pressure. Every game you play for your country there is pressure. It is all about doing the basics well."

The skipper said the Proteas management will assess the conditions in Dhaka during the semi-final between England and the Proteas Women to determine whether to play a second spinner in addition to Imran Tahir.

"If there is excessive spin, we will definitely look at that option. If it's a good wicket, we will pick up where we left off in Chittagong."

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