SA v IND 2018: Chris Morris confidence of South Africa performing on 'Pink Day'

The Proteas have never lost on Pink Day.

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South Africa will be playing a high pressure game on Saturday. They are 3-0 down against India in their own backyard and that has added extra pressure on the hosts. Men in Blue have dominated the series and one more win will seal the series for them. 

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris on Friday said that they are working hard for the 'do or die' match. "It's do or die for us now. It's natural pressure. If we lose one more, that's the series gone," Morris said on the eve of the match.

"... So we'll be fighting for every single ball, every single run out there. So a lot of pressure but what's cricket without pressure? It's boring. Look at the moment, we are all under pressure. We are 3-0 down and what more pressure do you need. Every single guy in the team is feeling pressure. We know we've under performed, and we know the way we've lost hasn't been good.

"I think we are all dying to put on a good performance tomorrow and to show that we can really play this game and what we are capable of," he added.

South African batsmen have not been able to figure a way out of the web of Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. "I wouldn't say there are any new plans to be very honest. I think there will be a lot more video work done, lots of guys watching the hand, watching the ball and I think just maybe change our options.

"I don't think there are any major plans with different techniques and different tactics against the spinners. It's about doing a little bit more hard work and playing a positive game, and stop focusing on what's around you," said Morris.

Morris said that they have not panicked against the Indian spinners. However, he admitted that they played badly. "We're not panicking, hitting more balls it's not panic station. We know we played badly against spin, so well take it on the chin and move on.

"You never get surprised by spinners, especially Indian spinners. They do so well at home for a reason with spin bowling. They are a seriously good one-day unit, a seriously good Test unit and T20 as well.

"You never get surprised when an Indian team comes up because you know what youre going to get, and that's quality," he added.

Morris, surprisngly suggested that they were good to win the first half of the series. "Every single cricketer is hoping for an old Wanderers wicket because they were nice to bat on. They were not very nice to bowl on.

"It doesn't matter what you arrive to play on: if it's turning, if it's quick, if it's seaming, it's low and slow, we've just got to play," said Morris.

'Pink Day' is lucky for the Proteas. They have never faced any defeat on this day. "We play for a good cause (Pink Day). It's become quite a good tradition to play in pink. We're very lucky as cricketers to do what we do and be healthy.

"There are people around the world struggling with cancer, struggling with breast cancer in particular. It's a special occasion and we've got a lot of emotional attachment to the game.

"We've got that record (unbeaten in Pink ODIs) but records speak for nothing."

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 10 Feb, 2018

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