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We were very motivated for the contest: De Villiers

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Sydney, March 18:

On a high after winning their cricket World Cup quarter-final match against Sri Lanka, South Africa skipper AB de Villiers said his team was “very motivated” as they looked to break loose from the tag of “chokers”.

AB-de-Villiers
AB-de-Villiers

“I didn’t have to say much. We were very motivated for this game. The guys were in a really good space and they rocked up mentally,” de Villiers said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Wednesday.

Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/26 in 8.2 overs. JP Duminy (3/29) ably supported Tahir, bowling his loopy off-spinners to pick up a hat-trick as they bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 133 in 37.2 overs.

In reply, the Proteas eased past the target with nine wickets and 32 overs to spare.

“They (spinners) came in at a crucial stage. We kept them back until the 14-15th over, so for the two of them to come on against a subcontinental team at a crucial stage was really impressive,” said de Villiers.

The 31-year-old now hopes that he will be holding the elusive World Cup trophy aloft on March 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“I like to believe in big things. I truly believe we’re going to go all the way. For now we’re just going to enjoy a beer and think about what’s to come,” concluded de Villiers. (IANS)