COOL HEAD: Andile Phehlukwayo with teammates. PHOTO: SAMUEL SHIVAMBU/BACKPAGEPIX

Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo is fast becoming the man for the big occasions.

Phehlukwayo proved his big-match temperament by helping South Africa clinch the T20 series against Pakistan with a sublime final over in their seven-run win in the second clash at the Wanderers on Sunday.

With the visitors needing 15 runs off the last over, the Dolphins ace conceded just seven and took two wickets to boot.

For a man who is only turning 23 next month, he has a cool head on his young shoulders.


And he says of the pressure situations: “I always land up in those situations and I really do enjoy them.

“Sometimes it won’t go your way and you’ll be criticised.

“Sometimes things will go your way and it’s really nice when it does.

“When it doesn’t you need to pick your head up go back to the training ground and remember the times it went well for you.

“You also learn from the team that bowled first when you assess the conditions but it’s important you learn from the team that bowls first. It’s an important factor.

“All the guys bowled well and Chris Morris’s over was very important because without those two wickets [they were] going really well.”

With the World Cup coming up in England this May, he says these lessons will help coach Ottis Gibson's manne.

He adds: “It’s crucial that we go through these moments because these are the moments we’re going to come across in the World Cup with the big crowds.

“It’s a tough situation with the best [T20] team in the world so something like this will happen again.”

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