Andile Phehlukwayo, the South African all-rounder who caught the limelight in the recently concluded Pink ODI against India comes up with few statements on Indian team ahead of the penultimate ODI of the series. He feels that his side now feels more comfortable with the Indian spinners compared to the first 3 matches.
Phehlukwayo also wants to see the mettle in the Indian middle-order lineup who are yet to show their skills. So far, Indian middle-order batsmen passed on under the top-order sheet and Phehlukwayo wants to expose the weak line-up. He ensured that his side will come up with renewed energy in 5th ODI.
“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). 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,” Andile quoted.
”We have been doing good analysis and have good game plans. Obviously, the conditions were different (at Wanderers). So it’s a game plan that we have had in our change room, to be really positive. 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 the change in game plan, I am also being specific about mentally,” he added.
When bowling to MS Dhoni, I prefer to hit off-stump: Phehlukwayo
Andile looks very positive about the change in approach in coming ODI and looks very determined in exposing Indian middle-order lineup. He furtherly revealed his plan while bowling to MS Dhoni at the end.
“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. We’ve got a good fighting spirit a good culture. 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.
“When bowling to someone like MS Dhoni, I was just personally trying to hit the top of off-stump. Hit a hard length as hard as I can. Try to get a few dot balls,” h quoted as per CricketNext.
Coming to series status, the victory at Wanderers kept the hosts, South Africans alive in the series after losing first three games. With the 2 games to finish the series, the home side would love to seal the deal in order to share the cup. Meanwhile, the visitors, Indians are eyeing for the historical series win at any cost.