More Of The Same Required - AB De Villiers

More Of The Same Required - AB De Villiers
More Of The Same Required - AB De Villiers
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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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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia