De Villiers: We had that 'killer instinct'

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers was beyond happy to have won the ODI series against Pakistan on Friday, taking an unassailable three-one lead with one game to play after winning the fourth ODI by 28 runs in Abu Dhabi.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers was beyond happy to have won the ODI series against Pakistan on Friday, taking an unassailable three-one lead with one game to play after winning the fourth ODI by 28 runs in Abu Dhabi.

The Proteas recovered from a series defeat against Sri Lanka a few weeks earlier to bounce back well in the UAE. The fourth game saw them post 266 for five, before bowling Pakistan out for 238.

When asked how he was feeling, the visiting skipper said: "Happy and proud of the boys with this series win away from home, especially after a really bad series in Sri Lanka.

"I wasn't thinking of [the fifth ODI in] Sharjah, I was thinking of one ball at a time, not to think too far ahead. Having won here two days ago, we had the confidence. If the decider had gone to Sharjah it would have been tight, but its good we wrapped things up here."

Dale Steyn's aggression was one of the highlights of the game, with the paceman getting more fired up with each delivery and taking three crucial wickets in one over near the end, reducing what had been a good chase to dust.

De Villiers was especially pleased with the side's mental strength, adding: "It's nice to have Steyn in the team, I play around him and he has that killer instinct. In fact, everyone had it in this game.

"I really enjoyed captaining tonight, it was a hard game, I knew it wasn't going to be easy and Pakistan would come at us hard which they did. We hit back with our patience and the communication was pretty good.

"Hashim [Amla] was always at my ear and we took out catches and got some run-outs and things worked out. It's a very proud moment for me to win a series away from home and would love to make it 4-1."

One player who was probably extra relieved was opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who had a poor tour to Sri Lanka and averaged just over 21 ahead of the match. His maiden ODI century pushed that up to over 30, and displayed his innate talent.

AB said: "Quinton de Kock is a serious talent for the future in South Africa. I was expecting him to come through in two or three years' time but to do it so, so early, especially after a tough tour to Sri Lanka where he had some mental and technical issues, is great."

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