On a roll with an all-win record in the tournament so far,a rampaging Australia would look to beat a demoralised South Africa and seal a semifinal berth in their second Super Eights match on Sunday. The George Bailey-led sides nine-wicket win over 2007 champions India last night would have only added to their morale after topping Group B with wins over Ireland and the West Indies and they would start as favourites against the Proteas.
South Africa,on the other hand,would have to regroup after they shockingly let slip the Super Eights game against Pakistan from a winning position. The Proteas virtually had the game in their bag before allowing Umar Gul to run away with the match later.The South Africans cannot repeat such a costly mistake against Australia tomorrow as that would mean exit for them.
The main worry for South Africa would be how to stop the swashbuckling Australian openers Shane Watson and David Warner,who have become the most successful pair in the T20 Internationals,from dictating terms on their bowlers. The duo sent the Indian bowlers on a leatherhunt in their sides nine-wicket mauling in their first
Super Eights match. Veteran Mike Hussey has also done his bit at one down though the marauding openers have not given him much chance to play his usual role of the man in crisis.
The fast bowlers Pat Cummins,Mitchell Starc and Watson also came through against India as they produce pace and bounce on a slowish Premadasa strip though they were expensive against the West Indies in their group match.
Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has taken two wickets from the three matches he has played so far and without being expensive and he can be handful if the pitch assist slow bowlers. If there is any cause of worry for the Australians,it could be their middle order batsmen as they have not been tested in the tournament since they have not got the chance in the three matches so far.
Faced with a do-or-die situation South Africa would be looking up to fast bowler Dale Steyn and veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis while also hoping that the top-order,including Hashim Amla,post a big total. Amla and his opening partner Richard Levi have not done much in the two matches after remaining not out in the group match against Zimbabwe and they need to fire.