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‘Here to lift trophy’: Proteas captain Aiden Markram exudes confidence ahead of T20 World Cup opener

‘Here to lift trophy’: Proteas captain Aiden Markram exudes confidence ahead of T20 World Cup opener

The game will take place at the recently constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Long Island on a drop-in pitch.

In their T20 World Cup Group D opener against Sri Lanka in New York on Monday, South Africa will have to quickly adjust to new circumstances. Nonetheless, team captain Aiden Markram is optimistic that they can end their unfortunate run in international competitions.

South Africa kicking T20 World Cup campaign off with Sri Lanka

The game will take place at the recently constructed Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Long Island on a drop-in pitch. On Saturday, India played its first international match here, winning a warm-up match against Bangladesh by 60 runs.

On the day we will have to assess really quickly and then adapt plans that will help us do well, It is an exciting day; we didn’t think we would ever be playing a World Cup game in New York. It’s a beautiful training facility and we will get a first look at the stadium and the pitch later to assess things,” Markram told reporters on Sunday.

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Unusual time for T20 match

The match is set to begin at 10:30 am local time, an unusual start for a T20 clash.

It is different, we are used to mostly playing in the evenings, but we have had a routine since we have got here to wake up early and do things together as a team early in the mornings so by now we are used to it,” Markram said.

Can beat any team on our day: Aiden Markram

I am feeling quietly confident, there are really good teams here but we feel if we find our form and play to the best of our ability we can beat anyone.”

We have put a lot of focus on ourselves and we will see where it gets us. But we are certainly here to lift the trophy,” he said

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