Du Plessis hopes to keep England under pressure

South African captain Faf du Plessis bats during a warm up match against Mumbai during the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 . (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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MUMBAI, India (AP) Faf du Plessis hopes Chris Gayle's blistering century will have undermined England when he leads South Africa in the World Twenty20 match against Eoin Morgan's side on Friday.

Du Plessis says he would have felt the pressure after Gayle smashed a 47-ball unbeaten 100 as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in the Group 1 game on Wednesday.

South Africa had a perfect buildup to the tournament when it beat England 2-0 in the T20 series at home last month and du Plessis says, ''we're hoping they'll (England) almost fall back on that mentality of losing games and not being confident.''

South Africa, still searching for its first major title in world cricket, was third in 2009.