The Proteas are under big pressure to beat England in Sharjah on Saturday and batsman David Miller says they must “stick to our processes”.
The odds are against the South Africans to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, but Miller said on Thursday they could improve their chances of winning by focusing on matters at hand.
“It’s a massive game for us and we know that. What we have done really well is not looking at the end result but just to stick to our processes.
“I know it is a very big cliché but we have to do this, we have to take it ball by ball, take it over by over and be clear in our planning, which is what we have done really well throughout the competition,” Miller told reporters.
“It is going to be batter versus bowler, bowler versus batter, and we have to simplify what we need to do and really enjoy what we have to do.”
The Proteas are affected by Australia’s stronger semi-final hopes, but Pietermaritzburg-born Miller and company have done well to win their last three games after an opening loss to the Aussies in the United Arab Emirates.
Added Miller: “In terms of the cricket, we bounced back from the first loss to Australia and the last three matches have been really good.
“Going into the next game, we are nice and focused. We are just taking every game as it comes and we are in a good space.”
Australia closer to semi-final
Meanwhile, Australia improved their semi-final hopes while holders West Indies fell out of the running in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.
The Australians thrashed Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Super 12 encounter.
Australia’s quicks wrecked Bangladesh’s top order before leg-spinner Adam Zampa (5-19) ran amok with the ball to skittle out their opponents for a 73 in 15 overs.
Aaron Finch smashed 40 off 20 balls as Australia romped home in 6.2 overs for their third win in four matches, while Bangladesh ended their Super 12 campaign.
Australia must beat West Indies in their final Group I match on Saturday to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals behind group leaders England, who are effectively in the last four after winning all four matches so far.
West Indies lost to Sri Lanka by 20 runs.
Sri Lankan made 189/3 off their 20 overs, with Charith Asalanka top scoring with 68 and Pathum Nissanka making 51.
West Indies could only score 169/8 in reply.