South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo revealed his plan of bowling Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the death overs. He played an entertaining knock during South Africa’s five-wicket victory against India in Johannesburg on Saturday.
He feels South African batsmen will be more confident while facing Indian spinners in the fifth One-Day International at Port Elizabeth.
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“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.”
Talking about South Africa’s team plan before Wanderers One-Day, he 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, look to score and get into good positions.We know about the wicket, its home conditions and we know how to go about it.”
He said hitting the top of off-stump is his go to plan against someone like MS Dhoni, who can tear any bowling line-up apart when it comes finishing the innings. However, his ability of clean hitting has seen a dip since last two years.
“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,” revealed Phehlukwayo.
He came to give South African chase a winning touch and hammered Indian spinners during his 5-ball stay. He remained unbeaten on 23, which consist three towering sixes apart from one four.
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India doesn’t have a good track record while playing One-Day cricket in Port Elizabeth’s St. George’s Park. They have lost all their five ODIs which they have played here and managed 200+ score only once in all five attempts. Thus, Virat Kohli and co will try to change the history tomorrow by registering their first-ever win over here.