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The powerplay will be the key phase for the Proteas T20 side

The Proteas will need to maximise their strengths if they are to be contenders at the T20 World Cup and it is in the powerplay that they could achieve this.

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The Proteas will need to maximise their strengths if they are to be contenders at the T20 World Cup and it is in the powerplay that they could achieve this.

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The first six overs have shaped up as the Proteas best batting phase in recent T20 Internationals.

Quinton de Kock is a big part of that success as he is one of the best players in the world against the new white ball. De Kock has now been freed from the responsibility of captaincy and is in a good run of form. He has recent experience of playing in both India and the UAE, with one of the two nations set to host the tournament.

De Kock could be partnered by either Reeza Hendricks or Aiden Markram with both capable stroke-makers. Markram has been the more consistent of the two right-handers and is the percentage option for the Proteas.

With Temba Bavuma the number three elect, the Proteas are likely to be aggressive even if an early wicket falls.

If Rassie van der Dussen finds himself at the wicket in the powerplay that could potentially slow the progress and South Africa could use Heinrich Klaasen or Janneman Malan at number four if they need to get on with things.

The powerplay will also be important for the Proteas bowlers, who will be looking to strike early and put the opposition on the back foot.

South Africa have three strong seam options up front in Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, who all bowl at pace and look to attack the stumps.

George Linde will get game-time ahead of the T20 World Cup and will often be asked to bowl his left-arm spin from the outset.

The Proteas will want to set things up for Tabraiz Shamsi to do damage through the middle overs.

The team hasn’t been great in the T20 format but if they can play to their strengths, they will stand some chance against the world’s best.

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