More Of The Same Required - AB De Villiers
South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he hopes his team can produce another performance like the one they produced against Pakistan and reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
Needing to win to give themselves a realistic chance of staying in the competition, they defended 234 for nine by bowling out Pakistan for 167 to claim a 67-run victory.
Tomorrow (14th June), they face a West Indies team which was comprehensively beaten by India in what is effectively a quarter-final with the winner joining India in the semi-finals and the losers ending their involvement in the competition.
De Villiers hopes that another high pressure match will being out the best in his team, as he felt it did against Pakistan.
"We approached it as a knock-out game against Pakistan, and we played really good cricket," he said.
"Like I said, the intensity is excellent and very good at the moment, the energy and the team spirit is fantastic. We handled the pressure situations really well in the previous games, and more of that tomorrow would be great."
West Indies will pose a different challenge from Pakistan with more of their emphasis on power hitters including Chris Gayle, and the all-round talents of Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy.
De Villiers has batted with Chris Gayle on several occasions for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League so is well aware of the threat of the big Jamaican.
"He's definitely a guy we'll be looking at. We've been assessing all of their players, they've got quite a few dangerous players on the team.
"We have been playing good ODI cricket against them in the past, but it's a whole new game. We know they've got a bit of confidence from the T20 World Cup that they won.
"We've got our game plan sorted, strategies in place, and tonight we'll do a bit more and come out firing tomorrow," he added.
Dale Steyn's rapid recovery from injury gives the Proteas a nice problem when they come to consider the make-up of their bowling attack and de Villiers revealed that there are several options open to them.
"Yeah, that's a difficult one because the others have performed really well in the previous game," he said.
"Then again, we've got to look at two spinners, or maybe just one spinner. It's still something to discuss and sit down with Gary (Kirsten) this afternoon and make the final decision on that."
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