South Africa presented with best chance against down but not out Netherlands, to address concerns about starts
South Africa v Netherlands
- South Africa have won both their previous T20Is against ICC Associate teams – against Scotland in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2010.
- Dale Steyn has taken 15 wickets in his last seven T20I innings.
- In their last two matches Netherlands have recorded their highest and lowest T20I totals (193/4 against Ireland and 39 all out against Sri Lanka).
- In eight T20I innings since the start of 2013, JP Duminy has reached 30 on six occasions, passing 50 three times.
- Of players to take at least 20 T20I wickets, Ahsan Malik has the third lowest strike rate: 12.6.
- AB de Villiers needs 93 runs to become the second player after JP Duminy to score 1,000 T20I runs for South Africa.
- AB de Villiers needs one catch to become the second player after Ross Taylor to take 30 T20I catches as a fielder.
- Michael Swart needs one run to become the first player to score 400 T20I runs for Netherlands.
- Pieter Seelaar needs two wickets to become the second player after Mudassar Bukhari to take 25 T20I wickets.
Dale Steyn v Tom Cooper
Netherlands were brought back to earth by Sri Lanka after their heroics against Ireland and the bowler they would least like to face as they seek to bounce back is surely Dale Steyn. The world’s premier fast bowler was in irresistible form against New Zealand, taking 4-17 from four overs and dragging his team to victory with a superb display of death bowling.
The Dutch top order could not handle the new ball bowling of Angelo Mathews, so a red-hot Steyn, who passed 50 T20I wickets in that game against the Black Caps, will provide a stiff examination. Tournament top run-scorer Tom Cooper (167 runs from 117 balls) has a crucial role to play if the underdogs are to gain a foothold in this game. His career best score of 72 not out came against a Test-playing nation (Zimbabwe, in the group stage) and his team need more of the same against the Proteas.