Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

24 March 2014

South Africa: Cricket - SA Has Steyn Power, but Still Struggles

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Dale Steyn produced one of the finest spells of fast bowling ever seen in T20, helping South Africa edge a nail-biting two-run win over New Zealand on Monday. JP Duminy propelled South Africa to an acceptable score earlier, but overall there are still quite a few questions hovering over the team. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from South Africa's second World T20 match.

Dale Steyn defended seven runs off the final over against New Zealand to hand South Africa a nail-biting two-run win in their second Super Tens match on Monday. It was one of the best overs in T20 history, and while the win will go down well, South Africa still hasn't quite... clicked.

From a batting perspective, only JP Duminy has really flourished, and decision making by some of the more experienced batsmen remains a concern. And, while Faf du Plessis is a marked improvement on AB de Villiers as skipper, some of his decisions against New Zealand were very odd.

South Africa won a match and their hopes of progressing to the next stage remain alive, but that doesn't mean there aren't things to pick apart. So with that...

Du Plessis' decision to give Morne Morkel...

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