World Twenty20: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis hails Dale Steyn

World Twenty20: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis hails Dale Steyn after the Proteas beat New Zealand

Faf du Plessis heaped praise on South Africa bowler Dale Steyn after the Proteas edged to a dramatic victory over New Zealand.

JP Duminy had hit 86 from 43 balls to help Du Plessis’s side set Brendon McCullum’s men a target of 171 runs in the Group One encounter.

I was thinking all the time, Dale is my trump card and I need to bring him back in the game

Faf du Plessis

New Zealand made a strong start and reached 57-0 before a string of wickets gave South Africa a lifeline as they looked for their first win of the tournament.

Steyn dismissed Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi and Nathan McCullum before denying the impressive Ross Taylor (62) the three runs required to seal victory.

“I was thinking all the time, Dale is my trump card and I need to bring him back in the game because he was bowling beautifully,” said Du Plessis.

“But with the way they were hitting the ball, it was a fantastic effort from Dale.”

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum admitted his side should have won after such a strong start but paid credit to Steyn, who finished with figures of 4-17.

“We probably should have won it pretty easily,” said McCullum.

“But you can’t take it to the last over against such a quality bowler like Dale Steyn.

“With a little bit of luck we would have got across the line, but credit to South Africa.”

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka dismissed Ireland’s conquerors the Netherlands for 39, the lowest-ever score in a T20 international, to seal a comfortable win in the day’s other Group One clash.

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