De Villiers: This ODI was about Mandela

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Captain AB de Villiers dedicated Sunday's 134-run win over India in the second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban to deceased former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

Captain AB de Villiers dedicated Sunday's 134-run win over India in the second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban to deceased former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.

The 95-year-old Mandela died earlier this week, leaving the penultimate fixture of the series in doubt amid national mourning.

A final decision to play, however, saw centurions Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock catapult the Proteas to a formidable total of 280 for six, after which the tourists fell to an insufficient 146 all out.

"It was a very emotional day. We played some good cricket. This ODI was about Mandela and we are happy that we did well. The boys have done really well to win a series against the number one ODI team," enthused de Villiers.

"Like I said, it's all about Madiba, and it's nice to give him a win in memory of him. When you think of Nelson Mandela only good things come to mind.

"I think of words such as inspiration, role model, honour, forgiveness and Madiba magic. I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up in the Nelson Mandela era."

Amla and de Kock shared an outstanding 194-run alliance, moving to 100 and 106 respectively. The latter was named Man of the Match, after striking nine boundaries during a vigil that spanned just 118 deliveries.

"I think the partnership between Hash and de Kock was brilliant, it helped to set up the innings. Quinton has been exceptional since the day I saw him, he is very hard working and hopefully he continues in the same way," concluded de Villiers.

The young de Kock has enjoyed a prolific week, amassing two tons and taking six catches. Sunday's sharp dismissal of the dangerous Mahendra Singh Dhoni was particularly impressive as rain threatened. The third and final ODI will get underway in Centurion on Wednesday.

"It is quite satisfying. You need to make the most of the form you are in and I am doing that. I don't know what it is batting with Hashim, it just clicks. I was thinking about the Duckworth-Lewis system when I caught Dhoni, was thinking that whether we will go off or not. I am looking forward to the match at the Centurion," concluded de Kock.

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