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ICC World T20: South Africa’s strengths, weaknesses and players to watch out for

Ahead of the ICC World T20, here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the teams for the main round.


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The sixth edition of the World Twenty20 tournament will be hosted by India and feature 10 teams in the main group stage, including qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)

The five previous tournaments have been won by five different countries, with no team crowned champion on home soil.

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Here’s a look at teams in the two groups. There are two big traditional derbies in Group 2, which features India and Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

Team: South Africa

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Strength: Batting

Weakness: Playing spin.

Players to watch:

AB de Villiers — One of the most gifted batsmen in cricket, with a vast array of shots. A swift mover on the field, de Villiers can take incredible catches and save crucial runs. De Villiers needs to be at the forefront if South Africa is to have any hope of shaking the “chokers” tag. The South Africans have never won a World Cup in cricket, and its best run in the T20 format was a third place finish in England in ’09.

Dale Steyn — The paceman has taken 57 wickets in 39 T20 internationals at a miserly average of 15.98, numbers which reflect his ability to torment batsmen on any type of surface in the shortest format. Steyn also has an impressive economy rate of 6.49, making it difficult for batsmen to go after him with the new or old ball.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 01:59:25 pm
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