ICC World Twenty20: JP Duminy eyeing strong South African display
JP Duminy is looking for a special performance on Friday to help South Africa progress to the World Twenty20 final.
Last Updated: 01/04/14 5:38pm
The Proteas held their first training session on Tuesday afternoon after arriving in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, and set about honing their skills and strategy ahead of the clash against their sub-continent opponents.
They are preparing for a strong spin onslaught from India and Duminy knows they will have to be at the top of their game to progress.
"We know it's going to be a big challenge for us," he said at a media session.
"Their spinners have been doing exceptionally well in this tournament but I think we have the armoury to put in a big performance against their spinners.
"We know what to expect, we have played against them a number of times and we have had good success against them.
"We know its semi-final time in a World Cup, it doesn't get bigger than this; so we are going to have to produce something good."
The dew hasn't been a factor in the matches played in Dhaka, but the wickets have been conducive to spin compared to the seam friendly environment in Chittagong.
"The conditions here are different," acknowledged Duminy. "There isn't much dew around and the wicket takes a bit more turn.
"We are going to have to prepare accordingly, we know we are predominately going to face spin against India."
The Proteas are still on a high from their performances in the group stage, particularly their convincing win against England to seal their semi-final spot, but Duminy knows those displays will count for nothing on Friday.
"It's a new game, whatever has happened is in the past," he said.
"We are up for the challenge and hopefully we will come up on top.
"The highs you have gone through during the tournament count for nothing now.
"Yes, you will take confidence from a lot of performances but in the end it comes down to putting in the performance on the day."