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Battle of equals: South Africa take on England

cricket Updated: May 08, 2010 00:14 IST

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South Africa captain Graeme Smith was in a bullish mood ahead of his side's World Twenty20 Super Eights clash against England on Saturday. England defeated Pakistan by six wickets in their first match of the Super Eight stage on Thursday, South Africa also produced a clinical performance to get the better of New Zealand by 13 runs in the other match of the day.

With each of them having two points in the kitty, both the Englishmen and Proteas will be aiming to continue with the winning momentum and inch closer towards a semifinal berth.

Neither batting nor bowling is a worry for England, who on Thursday rode on Kevin Pietersen’s sizzling unbeaten 70 to defeat Pakistan and the team will expect another crackling performance from the experienced cricketer.

England have a dependable opening pair of Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter, who can give a solid foundation while there are batsmen like Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan to support Pietersen in the middle order. Ryan Sidebottom makes batsmen’s life miserable with his consummate line and length, while Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad have the ability of producing some timely breakthroughs in the middle overs.

On the other hand, consistency is the main strength of the South African batting department, which includes star all-rounder Jacques Kallis and the experienced Herschelle Gibbs. Captain Graeme Smith is coming up in the order, while the rest of line-up also has power-hitters like AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel and Mark Boucher who can pull the team out of the pit.

Kiwi determination up against Pakistan

Bridgetown: New Zealand would be up against the unpredictable defending champions Pakistan in a must-win Super Eight Group E match on as the semifinal race heats up at the T20 World Cup. Both the teams are coming off losses in their opening Super Eight matches and would be desperate to bring their campaign back on track.