Smith looks for 2-0 series win

South African captain Graeme Smith on Saturday said his team would now focus on claiming the series 2-0.

updated: April 15, 2008 12:27 IST
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Describing the innings victory over India as a perfect Test win, South African captain Graeme Smith on Saturday said his team would now focus on claiming the series 2-0.

"The Test was a perfect one from start to finish. We dominated from the day one. We performed according to the game plan and took wickets at the right time. We will replicate what we did in Ahmedabad in the third Test. We want to win the series 2-0," Smith said after his side's innings and 90-run victory on Saturday.

"It was a terrific team effort. (Jacques) Kallis and de Villers batted fantastically and others also contributed. It was one of those games in which everything worked for us," he said.

Asked whether they will go to Kanpur with a psychological advantage after today's huge win, Smith said the team would remain focussed for a series victory.

"We have a few extra days at our disposal. We want to remain in focus and win the series. My primary focus will be on how to keep the team in the right frame of mind," he said.

The Proteas' skipper praised man-of-the-match A B de Villers, who hit a superb maiden double hundred (217 not out).

"I was pretty impressed with his double ton. I believe this is a big stepping stone for his career," he said.

Smith also hailed the team's pace spearhead Makhaya Ntini for leading the attack admirably.

"This is a big transition for Ntini to become a team leader. (Dale) Steyn and (Morne) Morkel are still young and Ntini has shown good leadership (of the bowling attack)."

Smith supported rival skipper Anil Kumble's decision to bat first on winning the toss.

"We would have done the same thing if we had won the toss though there was some movement. The wicket was pretty good," he said.

De Villiers described his innings as a very important one and hoped it would be a turning point in his career.

"This innings was very special for me. It has come at a right time for me. This will be a turning point in my career," said the 24-year-old Pretoria-born batsman.

He thanked senior batsman Jacques Kallis for his calming influence on him.

"He (Kallis) is a legend. Playing with him was a great experience. When I was in the 90s, I was nervous and he came up to me and told me to stay calm," he said.