South Africa take aim at Kiwis

South Africa know they cannot afford to slip up on Monday when they face New Zealand in a crucial Group 1 clash in the ICC World Twenty20.

Having lost to Sri Lanka by five runs in their opening match of the tournament, the Proteas are likely to need to win their remaining three fixtures in the round-robin stage to reach the semi-finals.

They have little time to lick their wounds after a narrow defeat in Chittagong on Saturday, with the Black Caps - who got the better of England at the same ground in a rain-shortened contest - now firmly in their sights.

Batsman JP Duminy knows the pressure is on as they look to get off the mark with games against England and the Netherlands still to come.

"There's always going to be that added pressure on us now, depending on how other results go we're probably going to have to win all three," the left-hander - who top-scored with 39 in South Africa's unsuccessful run chase against the Sri Lankans - said.

"We want to make sure that we give ourselves the best chance in this tournament and that unfortunately means winning the last three games.

"That's what it is and we're going to have to play accordingly."


The Black Caps have won four of their last five outings in the Twenty20 format and Duminy recognises that they will be a tough nut to crack at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

"I guess if you look at the way they've been playing the last few months, they've come into this tournament with a lot of confidence so it's going to be an uphill battle for us," he added.

"But I'm confident that we have the armoury to give ourselves the best chance. They're a really good side, especially in the shorter formats, so we're going to have to bring our A-game."

A late blitz from skipper Brendan McCullum in between the thunder and lightning saw New Zealand reach 52-1 after 5.2 overs in reply to England's competitive total of 172-6, meaning with no further play possible they triumphed by nine runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Kane Williamson, who was unbeaten on 24 alongside his captain when the players left the field, acknowledges that while they now have points on the board, the Kiwis cannot afford to relax.

"Tournaments like this you always want to win every game you can and South Africa will always be tough opponents," he said.

"It's the nature of T20, that everyone is a threat, but our focus doesn't change. We want to keep on top of our game and just play the way we want to play."

Watch New Zealand take on South Africa live on Sky Sports 2HD from 9am on Monday.