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South Africa take nothing for granted at the T20 World Cup

Drummer Aiden Markram said South Africa were taking nothing for granted despite beating India on Sunday to take the lead in qualifying for the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.

Victory by five wickets on a tricky run at Perth Stadium put the South Africans top of Group 2 with five points, one clear of India and Bangladesh with two Super 12 matches to play.

Only the top two progress but with Zimbabwe (three points), Pakistan (two) and the Netherlands (0) still technically in the hunt, Markram said South Africa were only focused on improving.

“If we’re top of the table I guess that’s a good thing, but we’re certainly not thinking with a foot in the door at the moment,” the right-hander told reporters at Perth Stadium.

“We still have a huge game against Pakistan and we also have the Netherlands. And we have seen that the teams that have reached the Super 12 stage can beat any team on their day.

“So there’s still a lot of cricket to play for us. And it’s basically just trying to improve game by game. We’re giving ourselves the best chance of qualifying if we do.”

South Africa, aiming for a limited first World Cup triumph, arrived in Australia looking for their attacking pace to give them an edge.

The fast bowlers delivered in Perth with Lungi Ngidi taking 4-29 and Wayne Parnell 3-15 to help limit Kohli and co at 133-9.

The batters also held firm with all of the top five in the order except for skipper Temba Bavuma who hit a big inning in the first three games.

Markram said the team was behind Bavuma as the fly-half tried to break poor form that saw him throw out 14 runs over three innings.

“I think every player goes through this kind of drop in form,” said the 28-year-old, who scored half a century against India.

“I’ve been through it more than once, unfortunately. It’s always just a hit, and that’s kind of the message Temba has been getting at the moment.”

South Africa will meet Pakistan in Sydney on Thursday and complete the Super 12 against the Dutch in Adelaide on Sunday.


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