Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Cricket - SA Needs to Up Batting to Outclass Indian World Champions

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South Africa duly avoided a series whitewash against Pakistan by winning the final ODI in Centurion by four wickets, but it was hardly a commanding victory; more nervous intern than presidential.

Considering they were chasing just 180 and, with half an eye on the Indian team who arrive today [Monday], even captain AB de Villiers admitted it was not an impressive triumph.

"We still didn't chase as well as we wanted to, we still lost too many wickets. We're not taking enough care over building partnerships," De Villiers told the press after the win.

Most worryingly, given the strengths of the Indian team, it was the Pakistan spinners who yet again had the South African batsmen under pressure.

A brisk, solid start against the seamers by Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock soon gave way to anxious attempts to break the ever-tightening grip of the slow bowlers as Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman weaved their magic.

The South African batsmen once again struggled against Ajmal as he took two for 34 in 10 overs and he confirmed that Pakistan felt they were just a wicket or two away from snatching victory despite the under-performance of their own...

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