The Proteas were once again guilty of making a mess out of a proper situation as they committed basic fielding blunders to hand Australia a win in the second T20I at Johannesburg.
The South Africans, twice in the last over off consecutive deliveries, failed to get hold of the ball and throw on target. Those two deliveries allowed Australia to get to the target and eventually win the game.
Skipper Faf Du Plessis stated that he was utterly disappointed by the loss after the game. “As a captain all you can ask of your bowlers is to be skillful at the death and bowl the ball in the right areas and we did that,” du Plessis said.
“I am not overly disappointed. The disappointing thing is that when the game is on the line, you want to make sure you get your basics right. To bowl two free hits in the last two-and-a-half overs, is a match swing of about 10 or 12 runs.”
The skipper however, praised South Africa’s variety in the bowling department and said that he had a lot of choice. “You can’t always be hyper-critical on every situation,” du Plessis said. “We’ve got our death bowlers, Dale, Morry and KG. I’ve got no issue trusting a 20-year-old to bowl the last over. That’s how far he has come.”
“It gives us another opportunity to have a crack at a real pressure game. It’s nice going to the World Cup, just to make sure and to see when the pressure is really on you how we react,” he concluded.