Duminy puts team first

2011-03-16 12:54

Kolkata - South Africa's JP Duminy put the disappointment of missing out on a Cricket World Cup century behind him, saying he was happy his innings of 99 had helped his side seal a quarter-final berth.

The middle-order batsman looked set for his third one-day hundred on Tuesday but fell agonisingly short in the last over of South Africa's innings against Ireland, caught by Kevin O'Brien off seamer John Mooney.

"I am not disappointed over missing out on a century as I tried to get as many runs as possible for the team," Duminy said after the 131-run win in the day-night match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

"I was trying to hit the ball out of the ground at the end. You never know when a few runs might make all the difference in the game."

Man-of-the-match Duminy said his knock was not the best of his one-day career even though it helped his team recover from a shaky 117-5 to 272-7.

"It was not the best, but surely one of my better knocks considering the circumstances," said Duminy, who has scored 2 174 runs with two hundreds and 13 half-centuries in 76 one-day internationals.

He added 87 for the sixth wicket with Colin Ingram (46), playing his first World Cup match, and 65 for the seventh wicket with Johan Botha (21 not out).

South Africa captain Graeme Smith was full of praise for the 26-year-old Duminy.

"We got ourselves into trouble with some stupid run-outs, but the guys responded well and managed to keep the run-rate at a decent level. JP held the innings together superbly," said Smith, one of two run-out victims.

South Africa, who currently top Group B with eight points from five matches, will meet Bangladesh in their last league game in Dhaka on Saturday.


  • comments - 2011-03-16 13:05

    Just don't fall asleep...zzzz

  • Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 13:32

    Your captain would have gone for a single...well done JP

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 14:43

      Are you begging for responses?

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 14:54

      If that is the case then you are my victim....

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:00

      So True... Biff loves records and his captaincy is built around himself... - 2011-03-16 15:28


      Thomas - 2011-03-17 00:24

      I don't know about a single! It looks like Biff and Kallis went for the bottle Van Wyk had and were in La La Land at the crease!!!!!

  • roboman1 - 2011-03-16 13:33

    actually JP, you converted me from a skeptic to a fan, great knock under the circumstances, and really it was a selfless thing to do at the end. Well done

      Bob - 2011-03-16 15:00

      I have to agree robo, I didn't think he was good enough to be in the WC but he certainly looked very assured, great knock, I'm not sure if he perished for the team or wanted a ton covered in glory either way thats what the guys are there for to entertain us, he certainly did that, more of the same from Morgan tomorrow and I'll be a happy man tomorrow evening.

  • Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 13:33

    Kallis (MR STATS) would have gone for a SINGLE.

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 14:43

      Are you still in need of responses?

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:00

      Thats Kallis and Biff for u.

      Travie - 2011-03-16 15:02

      Go watch some soccer we all know what your intentions are.

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 15:11

      @Travie ...What is wrong with me watching cricket....I love my sport you idiot..

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:21

      I think @Travie is actually Biff and he is offended with the truth

      roboman1 - 2011-03-16 15:40

      Sipho, your comments are more boring than Smith's batting, your wit slower than a Kallis innings and you as wide of the mark mostly as Parnell is from the wickets

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 15:46

      But closer to truth as Mcgrath to the wickets when bowling....

      Travie - 2011-03-16 15:49

      I tihnk you guys IQ won't understand rather forget it, at least every1 knows what i mean.

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:56

      Oh my word, its Roboman@ the wannabee chippendale chipping in with his toilet humour. You spot on there with some of it matey. My comments might be boring, but TRUE.. What about your self esteem and ego, which you obviously lacking beeg time with a pic like that...

  • Michael S - 2011-03-16 13:57

    YES YES YES....................... TEAM work.................well done !!!!!!

  • nxuba - 2011-03-16 14:34

    Why is Smith still in the squad? it is disgusting and he is just a cheque collector. Makes me wonder!

      Ollie - 2011-03-16 14:43

      NXUBA - YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done JP and to Morne Van Wyk 42 off 21 balls and to Colin Ingram.

      sannahan - 2011-03-16 14:45

      You surely know little about the dynamics of teamwork and captaincy!

      Ollie - 2011-03-16 14:45

      Sorry 42 off 41 balls

      Sipho - 2011-03-16 15:01

      Only 4 more matches - then he is gone forever. Wait brother Nxuba

      qwerty - 2011-03-16 15:04

      sport is sport - snugly comments belong elswhere

      Mxo32 - 2011-03-16 15:40

      After those 4 matches Sipho, Amla is ready to take over.the captaincy...

      call a spade - 2011-03-16 15:42

      First thing you think about is cheque collecting, are standing behind the door mate?

  • nxuba - 2011-03-16 14:46

    Ollie- you are out of your mind and I don't wrestle with pigs.

      Ollie - 2011-03-16 16:11

      Nxuba - Is this all you can say LOL

  • qwerty - 2011-03-16 15:00

    nxuba go play another sport please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      nxuba - 2011-03-16 15:51

      What do you know?

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