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ICC Champions Trophy: South African batsmen ready for Pakistani spin attack, says AB de Villiers

South Africa will take on Pakistan in a crucial Group B tie of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 07, 2017 08:56 IST
HT Correspondent
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South Africa captain AB de Villiers during a press conference on the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match against Pakistan.(Reuters)

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said that their batsmen have plans in place to tackle Pakistani spinners when the two teams go against each other in a crucial ICC Champions Trophy Group B clash at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.

“Two of the four are part-time spinners. We’ve played against a lot of opposition in the last, two, three years with two spinners in it. We just played a series against England now with a couple of spinners in at wrist spinner, also finger spinner,” said de Villiers at the pre-match press conference.

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“So not much change. Every batter has got his game plans in place for the various bowlers, not only the spinners. That’s part and parcel of our analysis before games, to make sure we’re ready for them. So we’ve gone through all bowlers and we’re pretty happy with our plans.”

While South Africa started the tournament on a winning note by thrashing Sri Lanka by 96 runs on June 3, Pakistan succumbed to a humiliating defeat to India on June 4.

Another win and South Africa will be well on their way to the semi-finals.

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Asked about pressure for the upcoming clash, de Villiers said, “No pressure. The last time we played them in Champions Trophy, we got the better of them at the same ground. So we are confident going into this game, without being arrogant or overconfident,” said the 33-year-old.

“We played really good, won our first game in the tournament. We did all the basics really well, so we’ll be focusing on that. All our focus is on tomorrow’s game. We are very, very prepared and the plans are all in place to go and take Pakistan on.”

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 00:49 IST