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'Don't get hung up on de Villiers'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Sydney, March 17: Ahead of their World Cup quarter-fil against South Africa on Wednesday, legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran on Tuesday said the islanders should not get too hung up thinking about Proteas captain AB de Villiers. Muralidaran added the toss would play a crucial role in deciding the course of the game to be played at SCG. “The toss will play a vital part in the outcome of the match. The side batting first in One-Day Intertiols (ODI) at SCG wins 58 percent of the time, according to statistics," Muralidaran wrote in a column for the Intertiol Cricket Council (ICC) website. "But in the pressure of a knockout match as this one, I reckon the advantage of runs on the board counts for even more than that figure suggests. As for de Villiers, I just hope Sri Lanka does not put itself under undue pressure by focusing too much on the importance of his wicket.” The 42-year-old expects Lankan bowlers to do some homework ahead of the clash on how to keep a check on de Villiers’ scoring. IANS

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