South Africa’s David Miller warned on Wednesday they are going to look to “exploit” Pakistan’s fragile confidence as they attempt to seal a Twenty20 World Cup semi-final spot and ship their opponents packing.
The Proteas had been touted as darkish horses within the lead-up to the showpiece in Australia and have confirmed why with a fearsome tempo assault and batsmen in kind.
In distinction, Pakistan are fifth and their World Cup destiny will likely be sealed if South Africa beat them on the Sydney Cricket Floor on Thursday.
Pakistan’s much-vaunted opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have failed to fireside in three matches on the World Cup and are underneath strain to seek out kind, and quick.
“I feel it’s an space to take advantage of,” stated middle-order batsman Miller.
“This recreation is all about confidence and so they have not most likely carried out the best way they’ve needed to.
“However they’re world-class gamers and we’re anticipating them to come back out and produce their A-game and be up for the problem.”
Pakistan bowler Naseem Shah denied that his aspect are nonetheless dwelling on their agonising opening defeat to India.
Put to him by reporters that Pakistan have did not get better mentally from the India defeat, quick bowler Naseem replied: “No, I do not assume so as a result of everyone seems to be skilled and everybody is aware of about oneself.
“We misplaced in opposition to India, however I do not assume anybody is considering the India recreation as a result of as an expert you’ll be able to’t take into consideration the previous whenever you lose, then particularly, you’ll be able to’t be considering that.”
Miller hit an unbeaten half-century in a nervy five-wicket win over India which underlined South Africa’s title credentials — and their resilience.
“I suppose we’re discovering plenty of methods to win,” he stated.
“We have achieved it over a time frame now. I would say most likely the final 12 months, we have discovered ourselves in tough conditions and managed to recover from the road.
“I feel the continuity of the squad over time, guys have managed to type of discover their roles and if one man is not doing properly, one other man picks up the slack,“ he added.