AB de Villiers’ construction of a T20 innings can be a matter of detailed analysis. Yes, it’s a known fact that the South African possesses a vast array of shots but to sweep a yorker off a medium pacer Sandeep Sharma for six takes special talent, hand-eye coordination and faith in your ability.

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The Asia Cup this time is more a springboard than a standalone tournament as it is being played so close to the World Twenty20, which starts on Tuesday, March 8.

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Tennis star Sania Mirza, Indian star batsman Virat Kohli and top-seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal were the top names in the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes’ inaugural list of top “promising young leaders and game changers” under the age of 30 in Asia.

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Touring in the subcontinent normally comes with the baggage of dealing with frenetic travel, issues with food and sultry conditions. The experience of playing the Indian Premier League, though, has helped ease these problems. Having applied that experience successfully in Bangladesh where they swept the Twenty20 series, South Africa look to be on top of their game — at least in the shortest format — here as well.

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