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We now have measure of Indian spinners: Phehlukwayo

| | Port Elizabeth

Pacer Andile Phehlukwayo on Monday said South African batsmen will go into the fifth ODI as a more confident unit, having learnt from their mistakes against the Indian spinners.

For the first time in the series, the Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took a beating and proved to be expensive in the fourth 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)," 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," he added.

The pitch for this fifth ODI bore a brownish look on Monday, resembling more the wicket in Durban for the first ODI than Wanderers. Historically, this pitch helps spinners more.

"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," said the pacer.

 

"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 change in game plan, I am also being specific about mentally. "We know about the wicket, its home conditions and we know how to go about it," said Phehlukwayo.

Talking about the match wicket, he said, "We train really specifically. Guys know their individual game plans and what they need to do. I think the most important thing when you are batting is to watch the ball and try executing our game plan."

 
 
 
 
 

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