ICC World Twenty20

AB: We weren't near 100%

2014-03-22 18:32
AB de Villiers (AFP)
Chittagong - Proteas stand-in captain,  AB de Villiers, feels his side was let down by a poor fielding performance and "wickets at bad times"  in their five-run loss to Sri Lanka in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Saturday.
 
De Villiers says the Proteas were nowhere near their best and will need to step it up if they are to progress further in the tournament.
 
" There are two areas where I feel we lost the game," De Villiers said after the match. " In the field they ran two to us too often and we gave away too many extras, we have been guilty of that in the past and we have to get that right if we are going to do well in this tournament.
 
" We also lost wickets at bad times," he continued. " I got out at a bad time and once it gets close like that, losing wickets regularly will lose you the game. We lost the momentum towards the end there, we always knew that we had to get it down to no more than eight runs with Malinga's last over to come."  
 
The Proteas have a day to assess and to put right their errors, ahead of their second match against New Zealand on Monday.
 
The Proteas' medical team continues to put in extensive treatment and rehab on Faf du Plessis, in an attempt to have him ready for Monday's crunch match.
 
" I'm hoping that he will be back for the next game," De Villiers said of his counterpart. " He brings a lot to the team; he is a good captain and superb batter."   

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