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India surprised South Africa with pace bowling: AB de Villiers

Despite collecting all 20-wickets in the 2nd Test, Team India have succumbed to yet another series defeat in South Africa.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 19, 2018 10:01 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Indian bowlers celebrating the dismissal of AB de Villiers.

South Africa swashbuckler AB de Villiers has lauded the Indian attacking unit and stated that the bowlers have surprised the hosts with their pace on Proteas conditions. Despite collecting all 20-wickets in the 2nd Test, Team India have succumbed to yet another series defeat in South Africa. The right-handed batsman was 'surprised' with the Indian bowlers and felt that they improved over time. 

"India have really impressed me. They have surprised us in terms of pace bowling. They have showed a lot more skill and definitely there is a lot more pace than we expected," said de Villiers said.

Despite de Villiers playing an instrumental role in helping the hosts project runs on the board, the swashbuckler was unable to make his ton where the closest he reached was 80 in the second innings at Centurion.

South Africa won the second Test at Centurion after bundling out the visitors for 135 runs on the fifth and final day. Proteas sealed the three-match series with comprehensive wins at Cape Town and Centurion and the Proteas swashbuckler aims to clean sweep the series.

The two sides will now meet for the third and concluding Test from January 24 at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event to launch the Pink ODI against India on February 10, de Villiers said, "There is a big third Test to come and we have to play well. The Indians will try to make it 2-1 but I think if we do the same things we have been doing over the last few weeks, we will put them under pressure at the Wanderers and hopefully will make it 3-nill."

(With ANI Inputs)

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