De Villiers banks on pace bowlers to end India’s red-hot ODI streak

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“We have to attack them with the new ball, get them two or three wickets down upfront and build pressure on their middle order”

Coming off a 2-1 loss against Pakistan in the recent ODI series, South Africa captain AB de Villiers has announced that he is banking on his pace attack to end India’s red-hot streak.

India have won 22 out of the 31 ODIs they have played this year, but de Villiers is confident his bowlers can give the Indians a run for their money.

“There are a few things to consider: In India, where they’ve played most of their games, the grounds are small so boundaries are easier to hit, and the new ball isn’t as influential as it will be here,” de Villiers said. “We have to look after the new ball better than we would in India.

“Our bowling unit is also an experienced one, even when Dale (Steyn) isn’t there guys like Ryan McLaren, Vernon (Philander) and Wayne Parnell are all familiar with conditions in South Africa. They’ve played a lot of domestic cricket and that experience is valuable.”

De Villiers noted that the best way to put India under pressure was to “attack them with the new ball”.

“(Their strength) is their ability to score quickly,” he said. “We have to attack them with the new ball, get them two or three wickets down upfront and build pressure on their middle order.”

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