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AB De Villiers pleased with Proteas performance

Captain AB de Villiers says Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis gave the team the opportunity to play freely.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla and teammate Faf du Plessis celebrate their combined century during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and South Africa in Canberra on 3 March, 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Proteas captain AB de Villiers has praised his side for the way they beat a tricky Ireland side.

South Africa posted 411/4 in their innings and managed to bowl their opponents out for 210 with five overs to spare.

Hashim Amla was the man of the match for his 159, Faf du Plessis contributed with 109.

De Villiers says the team ticked all the boxes.

"I think they've taken a lot of confidence from the good start they've had in this World Cup and I think we paid them all the respect they deserved which probably helped us to perform a bit better today. It's very easy to underestimate a team like that and I thought the guys stuck to their guns really well."

De Villiers says Amla and Du Plessis gave them the opportunity to play freely.

"We started off exceptionally well, the great partnership between Faf and Hashim. When you get a partnership of 200 plus in ODI, you always are going to get yourself into good position as a batting unit and we found ourselves in great position going into the last 15 overs, which gave us a lot of freedom to express ourselves."

The Proteas are becoming accustomed to making well over three runs in recent matches. De Villiers says this is down to a few factors.

"We've got to read the situation really well, you can't just play positive cricket for 50 overs and go hard at everything you get. I think our strength is in reading the as we've got a lot of matured players in the squad.

"What pleases me about our team is that our batting at the moment we do it our way, we are not trying to follow any unique strategy."

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