South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has said that Aaron Finch-led Australia have a superior net run rate than the proteas side, and there is not much they can do about it.
From the Group 2 of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, still, no teams have officially qualified for the semi-finals. England are sitting at the top of the points table with 4 wins from 4 games. Australia are second with 3 wins from 4 games, and a net run rate of 1.031 and South Africa are third with 3 wins from 4 games and a net run rate of 0.742.
Talking about the November 6 game against England, Proteas skipper Bavuma said that it is a quarterfinal level game for them, and they want to play the best cricket on that day. He said:
“It’s obviously a big game. Some have even called it as a ‘quarterfinal, So I think from that point of view, and looking at our expectations as a team coming to this event, we want to play our best cricket.”
I Think The First Point When We Go Out Would Be To Just Win The Game – Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma said they will focus on defeating England first instead of focusing on the net run rate.
“With Australia currently number two in our group, with their superior run rate, there’s not much we can do from that point of view. I think the first point when we go out would be to just win the game,” he said.
Bavuma opined that South Africa cricket is not about individual brilliance, and it’s about a complete team performance.
“Every game we only speak about fighting it out as a team. We don’t rely on individual brilliance to bring it home, it’s all about us as a team giving everything,” he stated.
Temba Bavuma praised England and said they have done excellently over the years. He said:
“England is obviously a strong side. We’ve seen that not just in this tournament but over the years. As a team, we know that we’ll have to be at our best in all our departments.”
Bavuma further added that they will better understand how to approach the game against England as Australia will play a game before them. He stated:
“What’s happening with Australia, West Indies, I guess what helps us is that their game happens before our game, so we’ll kind of get a better sense of understanding as to how we need to approach the England game,”