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Chris Morris Backs South Africa to Deliver in 'Do or Die' Game

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris on Friday conceded that the whole team is under tremendous pressure ahead of the "do or die" fourth ODI, as a dominant India eye a first-ever series win on Saturday.

PTI |February 10, 2018, 8:19 AM IST
Chris Morris Backs South Africa to Deliver in 'Do or Die' Game

Johannesburg: South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris on Friday conceded that the whole team is under tremendous pressure ahead of the "do or die" fourth ODI, as a dominant India eye a first-ever series win on Saturday.

The Men in Blue have a 3-0 lead in the six-match series and will become the first visiting side to beat the Proteas in ODIs at home since 2013, if they achieve this milestone.

"It's do or die for us now. It's natural pressure. If we lose one more, that's the series gone," Morris said on the eve of the match.

"... So we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there. So a lot of pressure but what's cricket without pressure? It's boring."

South Africa woefully struggled to get their act right in the matches gone by.

"Look at the moment, we are all under pressure. We are 3-0 down and what more pressure do you need. Every single guy in the team is feeling pressure. We know we've under performed, and we know the way we've lost hasn't been good.

"I think we are all dying to put on a good performance tomorrow and to show that we can really play this game and what we are capable of," he added.

Wrist spinners have been a major challenge for the South African batsmen, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up 21 out of 30 wickets so far.

"I wouldn't say there are any new plans to be very honest. I think there will be a lot more video work done, lots of guys watching the hand, watching the ball and I think just maybe change our options.

"I don't think there are any major plans with different techniques and different tactics against the spinners. It's about doing a little bit more hard work and playing a positive game, and stop focusing on what's around you," said Morris.

India have taken an unassailable lead in the series, with Kuldeep and Chahal contributing handsomely.

"We're not panicking, hitting more balls it's not panic station. We know we played badly against spin, so well take it on the chin and move on.

"You never get surprised by spinners, especially Indian spinners. They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling. They are a seriously good one-day unit, a seriously good Test unit and T20 as well.

"You never get surprised when an Indian team comes up because you know what youre going to get, and that's quality," he added.

Surprisingly enough, Morris said that South Africa were not too far off from victory in the first three matches despite the scoreline saying something else.

The pitch at the Wanderers is expected to be a typical South African batting track with lots of pace and bounce.

"Every single cricketer is hoping for an old Wanderers wicket because they were nice to bat on. They were not very nice to bowl on.

"It doesn't matter what you arrive to play on: if it's turning, if it's quick, if it's seaming, it's low and slow, we've just got to play," said Morris.

The Proteas have never lost on 'Pink Day', celebrated to create awareness and collect funds for breast cancer.

"We play for a good cause (Pink Day). It's become quite a good tradition to play in pink. We're very lucky as cricketers to do what we do and be healthy.

"There are people around the world struggling with cancer, struggling with breast cancer in particular. It's a special occasion and we've got a lot of emotional attachment to the game.

"We've got that record (unbeaten in Pink ODIs) but records speak for nothing."

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 New Zealand 3449 105
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 England 4593 102
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7748 121
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 South Africa 5193 110
5 Australia 5854 110
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1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 10645 260
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