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Du Plessis is willing to sacrifice himself in order to give South Africa a chance to win the World Twenty20
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that he is willing to be banned for the final of the World Twenty20 if the Proteas defeat India in their highly-anticipated semi-finals clash.
Du Plessis has already been penalised twice for maintaining a slow over-rate and was forced to miss South Africa’s final group stage game against England as a result.
However, the 29-year-old believes that beating India is a higher priority than his availability for the final.
“I’ll always be on the side of looking at the situation in front of you now,” du Plessis said. “You can’t be playing or making decisions like it’s in the future.
“When it comes to crunch time it’s important that you take your time and make sure you and the bowler are very clear in your decision making, I feel that’s the best way to go. With the conditions here maybe favouring spin a bit more, we can get some more overs out of JP and that will also make sure the over rate is a bit quicker.”
When asked if spinner Aaron Phangiso will be picked to play against India, du Plessis said: “That decision we’ll make [today]. We’ve decided that because there’s a game before us, the ladies are playing, so we’ll assess how the wicket is playing. If there’s excessive spin, we’ll definitely look at that option and if it’s a good wicket we’ll pick our best eleven.”
Du Plessis also admitted that South Africa will be the underdogs heading into the match since India are absolutely dominant on spin-friendly pitches.
“It’s a huge thing,” du Plessis said. “Obviously the wicket has been playing completely different to Chittagong, we’ve played all our games there and India have played all their games here, so from a conditions point of view they’re much more used to it than we are. We’ve put in some hard practice on really abrasive surfaces, making sure that we almost over practice, with the ball spinning too much, so we get used to the spin. I think the wicket won’t be that bad, I think it’s been playing quite decently. I watched the game the other night and it looked like a good cricket wicket.”