AB upbeat about the final ODI today
AB de Villiers believes the momentum is now on his team’s side for today’s crucial match in the one-day series against England at Newlands in Cape Town.
“England are now in the same boat we were in when we lost the first two games. It’s not a nice feeling, because you start doubting yourself and don’t know what to do to get back on the winning track,” said De Villiers on Friday at the Wanderers after his team’s dramatic one-wicket victory in the Pink Day game.
South Africa are unbeaten in the four matches they have now played in pink to raise funds to fight breast cancer.
But De Villiers also warned his players not to think victory would come automatically today.
“When we walk on to the field, we start with a clean slate. What happened before doesn’t really count, though of course we have the confidence of the last two games.”
Chris Morris’ winning innings of 62, said De Villiers, was the kind of innings that could make a player’s career.
“It will give him tremendous selfconfidence. We have known for a long time what he is capable of and it was only a matter of time before he played this innings,” he said.
“As long as there was another batsman at the crease with him, we hoped it could be done. The required run rate was never excessive.
“With Kyle Abbott there with Morris, I was still confident, because Abbo knows how to handle a bat.”
De Villiers admitted there were some flutters when the last batsman, Imran Tahir, walked out with only one run needed for the victory.
“Suddenly your heart rate picked up,” he said. However, Tahir immediately sent the ball through the covers to the boundary.
De Villiers felt there was a great hunger in the team for this victory, and they showed it in their fielding.
“When we had them at 108/6, we should actually have got them out for just 150. We allowed them to get away and that was a bit disappointing,” he said.
Eoin Morgan, the England captain, was disappointed and admitted his team had many chances to win the game and the series.
“We probably scored 30 runs too little. The atmosphere was intimidating and may have played a role in our defeat. We have many young players who are still not really used to this kind of pressure.
“However, I don’t really know why we didn’t eventually come out on top. Yet it was a remarkable game that could have gone either way right at the end.
“We have to forget what happened here and hope things work out in our favour in Cape Town,” he said.
– Christo Buchner
MOMENTUM Captain AB de Villiers says the momentum is now with the Proteas, but they will have to push the reset button when they play the final ODI today