We will go all out for a win: Smith

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Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 16:54 [IST]
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We will go all out for a win: Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith senses that his side is just one game away from a series victory. Having clearly wrested the momentum away from the Indians he is keen that his side go all out for a win in the Boxing Day test at Durban and wrap up the three-match series.

Smith was happy with the way his bowlers performed, particularly in the second innings when there wasn't much help to seek from the ever-flattening pitch.

"There was a massive build-up to the game and I am really happy with the result," said Smith after South Africa routed India by an innings and 25 runs on the fifth day. "The conditions suited the bowlers in the first innings but I am pleased that the bowlers bowled in partnerships in the second innings. It was good old Test cricket once the clouds vanished."

The skipper said that even though Christmas was around the corner and the team was reveling in the spirit of the season, they had not lost focus on the job at hand and that was to win the series and perhaps pip India to the No. 1 Test slot.

"It is an important time of the year. People want to be with their friends and families. But we are going to be focused for Durban and will go for a 2-0 win," said Smith.

The southpaw showered praise on Jacques Kallis for scoring his 38th ton and maiden double at Centurion. "He is a great player. We all know that. At times you wonder what took him so long but in the end I think it was just a matter of time he did that," he said.

India captain M S Dhoni and Co. will be hoping to nip the plans of Smith and his motley crew in the bud and come out tops in the next encounter, providing the weather holds out and the pitch remains true.


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