Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis was dejected with another poor batting performance from his team and blamed it as one of the main reasons for their disappointing campaign in World Cup 2019, which came to an end on Sunday after their 49-run loss against Pakistan.The Proteas suffered their fifth loss in the showpiece event and have no chance of advancing any further. They have two more games remaining in their campaign, against Sri Lanka and Australia, before they fly back home to South Africa.”We’re not playing great cricket. Whole tournament we’ve been good with the ball, but today we gave them a really good start. Pulled it back in the middle, but giving them 300-plus was 20 too many.”You need ot have a good start with the bat. We’re losing a quick wicket almost all the time and then as we’re building partnerships we’re losing wickets. That’s just the nature of the tournament. Struggling with a bit of confidence in our batting line-up. And thats cost 30-40 runs,” Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.With that loss, South Africa are out of #CWC19 semi-final contention.Pakistan, meanwhile, move up to No.7. Their knockout hopes are very much alive.Latest standings #WeHaveWeWill | #PAKvSA World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019South Africa failed to reach the knockouts of the World Cup for the first time since the 2003 edition which they had hosted. This was their sixth loss against Pakistan in an ICC tournament in the last 10 years.advertisement”We have to try. We’ve put in the practice. We’re working hard. But confidence in sport is an amazing thing. When you’re playing well, the ball just falls for you. But at the moment, we’re down and when you play against a quality team like Pakistan, they put you under pressure.”For me the biggest downside is that we’re not doing justice to ourselves as team. We are playing against great teams. We’ve seen how crazy it is. But we are letting ourselves down considering the skill that’s in that dressing room,” du Plessis said.keep their #CWC19 semi-final hopes alive!They beat by 49 runs, with Amir and Riaz among the wickets after half-centuries from Sohail and Azam took them to 308/7. #WeHaveWeWill World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Chasing 309 for victory, South Africa were restricted to 259 for 9 in 50 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picking up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets. Shaheen Shah Afridi also got a wicket.Pakistan meanwhile, are still in with a shot at making the cut for the final four but they need to win their remaining three matches and then hope for some of the other results to go in their favour to stay alive in the competition.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fan cheering for Pakistan becomes an instant hitAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans troll Fakhar Zaman after strange dismissal vs South AfricaAlso Read | Imran Tahir becomes South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in World Cupslast_img read more

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