A lot was expected from South Africa leading up to the ICC World T20. However, all the expectations came crashing down after the Proteas fizzled out in the tournament. After a close game against England which they ended up losing, the Proteas lost against the West Indies and that was the final nail in the coffin. The Faf Du Plessis led unit however, defeated Sri Lanka in their final Super 10 fixture at Delhi.
Post the game, du Plessis stated that he was disappointed with the mistakes which the Proteas made. “We played good cricket leading up to the tournament and we were consistent in the subcontinent, but a World T20 is a do-or-die tournament,” du Plessis said. “If you make mistakes, it’s not like a series where you can come back into the series. We made one or two mistakes against England and they punished us for it,” he said.
“Against West Indies, we made one or two mistakes as well. The teams in a T20 world cup are so close to each other, if you’re not on top of your game, teams will punish you. Tonight was a good example. Sri Lanka made one or two mistakes in their batting, and we capitalized,” he added.
Elaborating on the win against Sri Lanka, du Plessis said, “Bowling first – as a team that’s our strength – the bowlers did really well, and we chased down a small total, which is never easy on these wickets. It was really important for us to have a really good partnership to start off with. That was the only way the team will be in trouble – if they get wickets up front. So after the run-out, it was nice that we could make it a bit stable. It is very bittersweet to be going back to South Africa after the World T20. It was not where we wanted to be. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”