Duminy expects South Africa response


South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy insists his team can recover at the World Twenty20 despite their two-wicket loss to England on Friday.

Joe Root (83 off 44) led England to the second-highest chase in T20 history as his team made 230-8 with two balls to spare in response to South Africa's 229-4.

The result puts Duminy and his men on the back foot in Group 1, but he remains confident they can reach the semi-finals.

"We are by no means out of the tournament. There is a lot of pressure to make sure we win every game but it has been done before," he said.

"I guess we will take a little confidence from it. It is how we perform on the day and knowing we need to assess the conditions.

"They may be different, we've seen it's a little slower in Nagpur. It is just making sure our preparation is on par and give ourselves the best chance."

Duminy (unbeaten 54), Hashim Amla (58) and Quinton De Kock (52) had set up their team's huge total in Mumbai.

But Root and Jason Roy (43), plus 26 extras from South Africa, saw England to their win.

Duminy said his team would have expected to defend their high total, but paid tribute to Root and Co. for their batting display.

"We definitely would have backed ourselves defending 229, but you've got to give credit where credit is due," he said.

"We didn't bowl as well as we would have liked but they batted outstandingly. They put us on the back foot from ball one.

"We recovered a little bit in the middle, but on a wicket like this and the field that we played on, when you get the asking rate under 10 it's tough to defend.

"We also let ourselves down from an extras point of view. It's something we have to look at.

"There are a lot of positives to take from it, especially from the batting. There is room for improvement in the bowling but you have to move on to the next game. It's a quick turnaround with Afghanistan on Sunday."