Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi November 9, 2013

De Villiers pleased with win after Sri Lanka flop show

ESPNcricinfo staff

AB de Villiers has praised his team for showing a "killer instinct" to close out the series against Pakistan, especially after their poor one-day showing in Sri Lanka. He said he was also pleased that Quinton de Kock was showing his batting potential "so early" in his career.

"Happy and proud of the boys with this series win away from home, especially after a really bad series in Sri Lanka," de Villiers said after the match in Abu Dhabi on Friday. "I wasn't thinking of [the fifth and final match in] Sharjah, I was thinking of one ball at a time, not to think too far ahead. Having won here two days ago, we had the confidence. If the decider had gone to Sharjah it would have been tight, but its good we wrapped things up here."

South Africa posted 266 for 5, and then bowled Pakistan out for 238 in a see-sawing chase. That South Africa got to 266 was mainly down to 20-year-old de Kock's maiden ODI century. In the chase, Pakistan needed 45 off 36 with five wickets in hand. Then Dale Steyn struck with the big wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq in a triple-wicket over, and eventually went on to claim a career-best 5 for 25, as Pakistan slid from 228 for 5 to 238 all out.

De Kock, like the rest of the team, did well to overcome the Sri Lanka series setback, de Villiers said. "Quinton de Kock is a serious talent for the future in South Africa. I was expecting him to come through in two or three years' time but to do it so, so early, especially after a tough tour to Sri Lanka where he had some mental and technical issues, is great." De Kock could not go past 27 in Sri Lanka in July, and like most of his team-mates, struggled in the spinner-friendly conditions.

Steyn, de Villiers said, showed good spirit. "It's nice to have Steyn in the team, I play around him and he has that killer instinct.

"In fact, everyone had it in this game. I really enjoyed captaining tonight, it was a hard game, I knew it wasn't going to be easy and Pakistan would come at us hard which they did. We hit back with our patience and the communication was pretty good. Hashim [Amla] was always at my ear and we took out catches and got some run-outs and things worked out. It's a very proud moment for me to win a series away from home and would love to make it 4-1."

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  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @ MCSJCW. Good grief man - you play the opposition put in front of you. You win or you lose. No team "deserves to" or "should have" scored "X amount of runs." The game ebbs and flows, momentum shifts. A good start does not guarantee a big score, a slow start doesn't guarantee a low score - teams bounce back. That's the beauty of sport. If you are bowled out for a total of 50, all you need to do is bowl the opposition out for 49 or less. There's no "should have, could have, might have." You either do or you don't. SA have beaten Australia, India & England before scoring less than 260 runs. Leave the silly predictions at home. Conditions, pitches, fitness, form, etc, all play a part. 260 is good enough today but may not be so tomorrow. If you could accurately predict that 260 isn't enough then you wouldn't be here commenting on the like of this forum - you be off spending your umpteenth lottery win!!

  • ziyaad on November 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @greatestgames, I never said he was a number 3 (even though he is actually a number 3 for cobras), i said he is better suited to 3. He can accelerate but its not as natural as someone like Miller, for example.

    @mzm149, SA struggled against Sri lanka bowling as well and New zealand in SA and England before that. It seems they struggle against any bowling attack so I took pakistan our of the equation

  • Johan on November 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    As a Saffer I must agree that Pakistan bowl very well, the attack is well balanced and that is restricting big scores, and for one, we are not playing on those sad pitches in India, that series against Aussie was a joke.... I think our batting is heading in the right direction, but in baby steps.... I am sure that Faf will click sometime, we all just need to look the way Kallis started his career! I would like to add that I think AB becomes a much better Captain when not behind the stumps, Quinton is the man!

  • Muhammad on November 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @MCSJCW: You are taking Pakistani bowling out of the equation completely which constantly restricted South Africa to comparatively low totals. Play Indian bowling and 350 will be scored easily as we saw in Australia series.

  • David on November 9, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    @ MCSJCW. JP has never been a #3. Never. He's always been at his best lower down the order. Also, putting Faf at #3 means one thing. When (hopefully) Kallis comes back into the ODI squad, he will bat at ……. #3, and Faf will have nowhere to go.

  • ziyaad on November 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    India are mentally as tough as are Australia. As were Sri Lanka a few moths ago (4-1). They are not going to just fall apart like Pakistan. Both games Pakistan should have won and a team like India, Aus or England would have.

    SA are not scoring enough runs in any games and if the wicket is dead, SA have no chance. India and Australia have teams where almost any of the top 7 batsman can score hundreds at any time. SA only have amla and devilliers. The rest are good for fifties at the best of times.

    Not sure what they can do to fix it

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    At the end of the day another series lost by a sub continent team by either Australia, England or South Africa. It happens a lot.

  • ziyaad on November 9, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Exactly Ithishaam. No way SA are scoring enough runs to beat any other team i.e. Aus, india, england. Most teams are not going to panic in sight in victory.

    Cant see how they can be happy with 260 and zero acceleration in the last 10 overs. Should have made over 300 with that start.

    Faf turning into another Rudolph. Cant hack it where he is supposed to bat and they give him another chance in a different position. Duminy then has to move to accommodate him! JP is obviously better suited to number 3. Amla used to do the same before he started scoring hundreds. But he had to move because Faf was failing.

    SA also a batter light. JP and maclaren couldnt accelerate earlier because ther was nobody left after them.

  • Android on November 9, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Sa are mentally a tough side. and diciplined. theor fielding is good and saved 20-25 runs . in 1st game pak were 164/4 chasing 185. any team would have given up at that time. but they were diciplined and energetic in field even at that moment. bowling with their heart out and got the reward by some poor pakistans display. from their on there was upward moment. they lost 2nd game but that was chasing. 3 changes made to team played really well.

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    plus sri lanka had better batsmen to chase SA totals

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