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Pressure is starting to mount on the shoulders of Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis ahead of his team's showdown against Pakistan

Pressure is starting to mount on the shoulders of Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis ahead of his team's showdown against Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg this evening.

His men have only a handful of matches to rectify some obvious concerns ahead of next year's ICC T20 World Cup and the skipper, along with the national selectors, are destined to make a few tough calls in coming weeks to ensure they strike the right balance in personnel.

Although great strides were taken in recent performances, time is not a luxury this team has.

Then, unconfirmed rumour-based reports from a source who wishes to remain anonymous, indicate that Du Plessis is allegedly one of the most nervous men in all of South Africa.

"It is almost exactly the same as before his Test debut last year – although I'm worried because he is smiling a lot more than he did before that day in Adelaide, " the source told <i>Cricket365.com</i>.

"For this evening I predict more butterflies than the Bullring can handle – and I'm not talking about the flying ants that come out after the rain," she said over a pint at The Griffin situated just up the road from the Wanderers.

While there is a 60% chance that a typical Highveld thunderstorm could interrupt the South African team's first home game of the new season, the cloud that is hanging over Du Plessis is expected to remain there for quite some time.

Talk about pressure.

Du Plessis though, is on cloud number nine and was almost surprised when he didn't have to field another question pertaining to his "big day" during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

On Saturday, he had barely put his feet on South African soil following the team's recent tour to the United Arab Emirates when he was asked whether he would be able to play in the second of the scheduled T20s against Pakistan in Cape Town on Friday – the night before his wedding.

"You will have to ask Doc (Mohammed Moosajee – Proteas team manager) about that," he joked.

It was later confirmed that the skipper would get a rare break ahead of a day where he will confirm a partnership with Irari Visser that should be considered of greater value than that all-important 93-run eighth-wicket partnership he shared with Jacques Kallis at the Adelaide Oval in 2012 – not even to mention the 99-run sixth wicket stand the pair put up to clinch victory over Australia.

Coincidence that Faf is tying the knot on a date that has already been engraved in his mind because of his spectacular arrival at the Test arena?

Doubt it.

<b>@Michael_Mentz in Johannesburg</b>

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