India vs South Africa: Fresh from victory, Andile Phehlukwayo believes Proteas have learnt from mistakes against spinners

Andile Phehlukwayo said South African batsmen will go into the fifth ODI as a more confident unit, having learnt from their mistakes against the Indian spinners.

PTI, February 12, 2018

New Delhi: Pacer Andile Phehlukwayo said South African batsmen will go into the fifth ODI as a more confident unit, having learnt from their mistakes against the Indian spinners.

For the first time in the series, the Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took a beating and proved to be expensive in the fourth ODI.

Andile Phelekwayo

Andile Phehlukwayo smashed 23 off 5 balls including the winning shot in the fourth ODI. Image courtesy: @OfficialCSA

We have a good momentum now from the last game we played. We have come really far that victory because the guys have been working really hard in the nets and we have been very specific about our training (against spin), said Phehlukwayo.

(In the last game) We were looking to be positive now. We got into good positions and tried to pick the ball, watch the ball and played really straight, he added.

The pitch for this fifth ODI bore a brownish look on Monday, resembling more the wicket in Durban for the first ODI than Wanderers. Historically, this pitch helps spinners more.

"We have been doing good analysis and have good game plans. Obviously the conditions were different (at Wanderers). So its a game plan that we have had in our change room, to be really positive, look to score and get into good positions," said the pacer.

You don't want to worry too much about what they do but what you do as a team. Once again it's a new game. So you just want to take the new stuff and back yourself. When I say change in game plan, I am also being specific about mentally. "We know about the wicket, its home conditions and we know how to go about it," said Phehlukwayo.

Talking about the match wicket, he said, We train really specifically. Guys know their individual game plans and what they need to do. I think the most important thing when you are batting is to watch the ball and try executing our game plan.

India have a poor record at St. Georges Park. Since 1992, they have lost all five ODIs they have played here. More than that, the Men in Blue have never scored 200 runs in an innings at this venue, which doesn't bode well given the frailty of the Indian middle order.

If you take game by game, obviously they've been batting really well.

It would be really nice to expose their middle order and hopefully see what they can do. At the same time we don't want to really look too forward.

The Proteas setup is really positive. We've got a good fighting spirit a good culture. It's never done and out. We're always looking to fight back. We really are encouraging around the change room. And as I said, we weren't far away from a victory, he added.

Phehlukwayo forms a key role in the South African team with both bat and ball. Talking about his role in the previous game, he said, It is a left-hand right-hand thing. If David Miller gets out, I'm a left-hander so I had to go out to keep the combination. I was told to look be really positive, watch the ball and execute my game plans.

"When bowling to someone like MS Dhoni, I was just personally trying to hit top of off-stump. Hit a hard length as hard as I can. Try to get a few dot balls.

On the batting front, Phehlukwayo said he has learnt playing spin by following the likes of Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock.

I look up to the greats, Lance Klusener and also Shaun Pollock, who played spin very well. My hopes and dreams are to contribute and try to win a few games. Be positive, contribute on and off the field and be a leader in my own space, he signed off.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114