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Press Trust of India, Johannesburg, Feb 9 2018, 20:40 IST
Optimistic: Chris Morris feels South Africa are capable of pulling off a win against India.

Optimistic: Chris Morris feels South Africa are capable of pulling off a win against India.

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris conceded that the whole team is under tremendous pressure ahead of the "do or die" fourth ODI, as a dominant India eye a first-ever series win here on Saturday.

The Men in Blue have a 3-0 lead in the six-match series and will become the first visiting side to beat the Proteas in ODIs at home since 2013, if they achieve this milestone.

"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."

South Africa woefully struggled to get their act right in the matches gone by.

"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 Africa have had a huge boost ahead of this fourth ODI with star batsman AB de Villiers returning to the fold. He batted fluently in the nets on Friday and is sure to play the game with either one of David Miller or Khaya Zondo missing out.

"AB is good to go. As far as I know, AB is playing tomorrow. He has always got inputs - doesn't matter if it's spin, seam, behind the back. It doesn't matter what inputs he's got, it's always good.

"I'm sure AB will have a few pointers for the guys on how to handle spin and how to play spin, maybe a few different attacking options. When AB talks you listen because it's always helpful."

De Villiers missed the first three matches due to an injury.

"Apart from what he brings on the field, it's what he brings off the field. He brings that calmness and he brings that experience. To have a world-class player come back and play for South Africa is a special, special occasion.

"I don't think he is feeling any added pressure. He is just going to come in and be AB de Villiers. I think AB de Villiers being AB de Villiers is a very dangerous player."

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