South Africa captain Temba Bavuma is hoping to kickstart a World Cup double for his nation because the cricket and rugby groups play England on Saturday.
The Proteas meet Jos Buttler’s males within the Cricket World Cup in Mumbai from 9.30am UK time, earlier than the Springboks face Owen Farrell’s aspect within the Rugby World Cup semi-final on the Stade de France in Paris from 8pm that night.
Bavuma – whose staff received their first two matches in India, in opposition to Sri Lanka and Australia, earlier than a shock defeat to Netherlands on Tuesday – stated: “We’ll be supporting the Springboks they usually’ll be supporting us as properly.
“We play first so the duty is on us to get issues going the correct means.
“They really despatched us a message to our staff assembly wishing us luck in our recreation. As gamers, we’ve the duty to place smiles on the faces of our countrymen and are available again with the win.”
Bavuma expects ‘one hell of a recreation’ in opposition to England
Bavuma believes Saturday’s recreation at Wankhede Stadium may very well be a run-fest as each side look to rebound from upsets of their earlier matches.
England misplaced to Afghanistan by 69 runs in Delhi on Sunday, two days earlier than the Proteas have been knocked off by the Dutch, defeated by 38 runs.
The 33-year-old added: “If I used to be a cricket fan I might wish to be watching South Africa versus England.
“Each groups need to show themselves. Each groups will wish to eradicate and cope with no matter points they’d.
“It may very well be one hell of a recreation of cricket if two groups of this calibre play near their greatest.
“There’s people in each camps who wish to put their hand up for his or her staff. I feel will probably be a tightly contested recreation.
“It may be a batter’s paradise right here, you get worth on your photographs and the ball tends to journey additional. If it’s your day, you may fill your boots.
‘We’ve got put Netherlands defeat behind us – it was a blip’
“We have had onerous conversations as a staff and the place issues went mistaken for us from a batting, bowling and fielding viewpoint [against Netherlands]. We have put that behind us.
“We additionally acknowledge the truth that within the final couple of months, we’ve performed a variety of good cricket. So it is to not overlook that and permit one ‘blip’ in our recreation to override all the pieces that we have carried out.
“It is simple to second-guess yourselves, second-guess your processes and your recreation, so it is to not overlook all the nice work we have carried out.”
Watch England vs South Africa stay on Sky Sports activities Cricket and Sky Sports activities Predominant Occasion from 9am on Saturday (first ball at 9.30am). You can also stream the game with NOW.
Comply with the match throughout skysports.com and the Sky Sports activities App with a stay over-by-over textual content weblog and in-game video clips.
Comply with the Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa (8pm kick-off) with a textual content weblog throughout skysports.com and the Sky Sports activities App.