African Safari: AB de Villiers banks on seamers to shoot down MS Dhoni's high-flying India

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Team India arrived in Johannesburg on Monday morning for a three ODI, two-Test series.

updated: December 02, 2013 18:33 IST
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Having lost the three-match ODI series 2-1 against Pakistan at home, South African skipper AB De Villiers says he has the bowlers to put high-flying India under pressure in the three-match ODI series starting this week. Having won 22 matches out of 31 ODIs in 2013, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Team India flew into Johannesburg on Monday morning to keep their limited overs juggernaut rolling overseas, but De Villiers has indicated his boys were spoiling for a fight. (Read: Adjusting to South African conditions will be tough for Indians, says Omar Henry)

The top three run-getters in limited overs cricket this year have been Indians but De Villiers is relying on his diverse bowling attack to hurt an accomplished line-up that bats as deep as No. 8. "There are a few things to consider: In India, where they've played most of their games, the grounds are small so boundaries are easier to hit, and the new ball isn't as influential as it will be here. We have to look after the new ball better than we would in India," said De Villiers after South Africa beat Pakistan in the third ODI at Centurion on Saturday. (Read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni hints he will miss Gautam Gambhir in South Africa)

"Our bowling unit is also an experienced one, even when Dale (Steyn) isn't there guys like Ryan McLaren, Vernon (Philander) and Wayne Parnell, are all familiar with conditions in South Africa, they've played a lot of domestic cricket and that experience is valuable," said De Villiers, who feels his bowlers can contain the free-scoring Indian top-order. (Read: Zaheer Khan needs express pace to be effective, says Fanie de Villiers)

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