South Africa v Netherlands World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

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South Africa v Netherlands World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview
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South Africa sealed a thrilling win over New Zealand to keep their tournament hopes alive, while the Netherlands were embarrassed by Sri Lanka. The two teams now meet on Thursday and it's a must-win match for both sides.

 

Venue: Chittagong

Date: Thursday, March 27

Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT

Live on: Sky Sports (UK)Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh)PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India),SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)

Weather:  Accuweather predicts that everything will be all clear for the game with no threat of thunderstorms as it stands. It will be hot and humid with temperatures of up to 33 degrees celsius.

 

Overview

After the way the Netherlands capitulated against Sri Lanka, bowled out for a measly 39, South Africa are probably licking their lips. While it is a must-win game for the South Africans, the pressure is not as huge since the opposition is not as strong.

With such a platform, they could very well be tempted to make a few tweaks to their bowling line-up. Dale Steyn has been nursing a dodgy hamstring for a while and is the most likely to get a break. The problem is that South Africa only have Aaron Phangiso and Beuran Hendricks to choose from as a replacement. Wayne Parnell is in the squad, but according to a statement released by Cricket South Africa, he has been released for the match due to having to appear in court.

With Chittagong offering bowlers more pace and the track having a bit more grass, Phangiso will be a left-field selection. Hendricks was stellar in South Africa's domestic T20 earlier in the year—topping the wicket taking charts—but he has been sub-par in his performances in the T20Is he's played.

It's a delicate balancing act for South Africa, who will want to win as convincingly as possible to get their net run rate up, but it's also not their only concern.

The batting hasn't performed as it should either. Hashim Amla has been slow at the top, Quinton de Kock hasn't managed big runs, David Miller hasn't been able to slog and AB de Villiers has been underwhelming.

The game against the Netherlands offers South Africa the perfect opportunity to correct all of that. While there is no doubt the Dutch will want to come back stronger and prove that they are not as much of a second-rate side as they looked to be against Sri Lanka, the game really is South Africa's to lose.

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Key players

South Africa

Hashim Amla might be slow and steady at the top of the order, but he provides the base for South Africa. With Quinton de Kock being the aggressor at the other end, it's important for Amla to knuckle down and nudge the innings along. 

 

Netherlands

Tom Cooper was one of the stars of the show when the Netherlands beat Ireland in a thriller to seal qualification for the Super 10s. He was also the only player to manage double figures during their humiliation against Sri Lanka. He will need to do more of the same against South Africa.

 

Squads

South Africa

Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Aaron Phangiso, Jean-Paul Duminy, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, David Miller, Beuran Hendricks, Farhaan BehardienLonwabo Tsotsobe, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Quinton de Kock (w/k), Faf du Plessis (c)

Netherlands

Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi, Logan van BeekMudassarBukhari, Ben Cooper, Tom Cooper, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian KingmaAhsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski

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