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South Africa vs India: We have a good chance to complete series win, says Dale Steyn

Steyn wants South Africa to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the ODI series.

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:00
South Africa vs India: We have a good chance to complete series win, says Dale Steyn

Chennai: South Africa paceman Dale Steyn is wary of India's fightback but says his team is motivated to seal the One-day series tomorrow and complete a dominating overseas victory.

After winning the Twenty20 series, South Africa are now one win away from pocketing the One-day series which they are leading 2-1.

"There's no guarantee in cricket. We can come out tomorrow and India can play extremely well. And they have played well this series. We can have a bad day. That's cricket. We can only commit 100% and let the result take care of itself," Steyn said on the eve of the fourth ODI here.

"But it will be nice to seal it here and go to Mumbai.

We've spoken about it in team meetings, we want to go overseas and dominate the opposition. We have a good chance now to be able to do that. We definitely have an advantage. We have to win one more to win the series and if we play good cricket we'll do that."

There is a lot of debate going on MS Dhoni's batting and captaincy in the wake of poor results against Proteas but Steyn said he does not find anything wrong in Indian skipper's style of leadership in this series.

"No comment on Dhoni as a captain because I've never played under him. I've played against him. But you have to look at who you are playing against. In our camp, every batsman is hitting the ball sweetly and every bowler is landing where he wants to. We've been executing very well. In terms of Dhoni's captaincy, I don't think he's doing anything too different to what he has done in the past. It's just that they're up against a side that's playing really good cricket.

And you can't underestimate that. I'm not saying his captaincy is bad, I'm just saying we're playing really good cricket."

The fearsome quick was not worried about hot conditions in Chennai.

"We've been in India for two weeks and it has been hot.

We've played here before and the heat isn't really a big factor. We've been to some hot countries in the past and it's no different for us anymore. We have to acclimatise soon," he said.

Talking about the surprise move of sending aggressive batsman David Miller as an opener in the last One-dayer, Steyn said the decision made sense.

"Most of us weren't aware that Miller would open until the morning of the match. It's no secret that the best time to bat is when the ball is hard and new, especially on these wickets and if you bat first. It's the best opportunity to score runs.

"Someone like Miller, if he comes at No. 6 and plays an amazing cover drive, he'll get one. But if he opens and plays the same shot, he'll get a boundary. You get value for your shots if you bat in the top three. It's nice to send him up the order and give him the chance to score some runs. Anybody in our team can bat anywhere in the line-up."

He also praised young paceman Kagiso Rabada saying he has managed to impress everyone.

"Rabada is great. He has a great attitude and has everything a fast bowler needs. He has pace, good built and is quite an intimidating guy. He's asking the right questions in the nets and wants to improve all the time. Everytime he takes the ball, it's exciting to watch him bowl. Everyone sits up when he comes into bowl and he has the attention already. He'll have a wonderful career."

Steyn said despite the Indian wickets not much favourable for the pacers, fast bowlers remain their lethal weapons.

"The major thing about our quick bowlers is that all three quick bowlers bowl more than 140 kmph. All of us steam in and bowl really quickly at 145 plus. Pace is the main weapon at the end of the day. Even if the wickets are slow it's still really difficult to get away."

It is a very gruelling and physically demanding tour for the visitors and Steyen stressed on the 'rest' for recovery.

"The recovery period has been very important. There have been a few niggles and we have a long tour ahead of us. We have a good physio and trainer and they've ensured we're all fit and fine. The last two off days has been needed. We've been to a lot of different cities and it has been like arrive, practice, play, go kind of thing. It's on the go all the time and the boys needed the rest," he said.

PTI
First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:00

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