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Andile: We are looking to be positive now

Andile Phehlukwayo

Port Elizabeth: Pacer Andile Phehlukwayo said that South African batsmen will go into the fifth ODI as a more confident unit, having learnt from their mistakes against the Indian spinners.

For the first time in the series, the Indian wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav took a beating and proved to be expensive in the fourth ODI.

"We have a good momentum now from the last game we played. We have come really far because the guys have been working really hard at nets and we have been very specific about our training (against spin)," said Phehlukwayo.

"We are looking to be positive now. We got into good positions and tried to pick the ball, watch the ball and played really straight in the last game. So, yes, we are upbeat," he added.

The pitch for this fifth ODI bore a brownish look on Monday, resembling more the wicket in Durban for the first ODI. The pitch tends to help spinners more here.

"We have been doing good analysis and have good game plans. Obviously, the conditions were different (at Wanderers). So, it's a game plan that we have had in our change room - to be really positive, look to score and get into good positions," said the bowling all-rounder.

"We don't want to worry too much about what India do, but what we do as a team. Once again, it's a new game. So, you just want to take the new stuff and back yourself.

"When I say change in game plan, I am also being specific about the mental changes. We know about the wicket, its home conditions and we know how to go about it," stressed Phehlukwayo.

Talking about the wicket, he said: "We train really specifically. Guys know their individual game plans and what they need to do. I think the most important thing when we are batting is to watch the ball and try executing our game plan."

India have a poor record at St. George's Park. Since 1992, they have lost all five ODIs they have played here. They have never scored 200 runs in an innings at this venue, which doesn't bode well given the frailty of the Indian middle-order.

"If you take game by game, obviously they've been batting really well. It would be really nice to expose their middle-order and hopefully see what they can do. At the same time we don't want to really look too forward.

"Our set up is really positive. We've got a good fighting spirit a good culture. It's never done and out. We're always looking to fight back."

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