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Peterson: SA can bounce back

2012-09-28 21:30

Colombo - Robin Peterson has expressed his ‘disappointment’ at South Africa’s two-wicket loss to Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight match on Friday, but still believes the Proteas have the skill and ability to bounce back. Peterson, whose exceptional bowling figures of 2/15 in four overs were for a losing cause, is counting on his team mates to make an impact in their final group matches.

“We have to win our final two matches, it’s as simple as that,” Peterson said about the team’s approach for the upcoming matches. “We are obviously disappointed by the result but we still have two games to go. We know what we are capable of when we fire as a unit and that is what we will be aiming for in our next two matches.” 

Peterson and Dale Steyn (3/22) were the top bowlers for the Proteas, with inconsistency in execution letting the team down in the dying overs, after Pakistan struggled to 76 for seven.

Peterson gave credit to Umar Gul (32) and Umar Akmal (43 not out), who shared a blistering 49-run eighth wicket partnership, which gave Pakistan the impetus after their poor start.

“You have got to give credit to Umar Gul,” Peterson said. “It’s not every day that someone plays a special innings like that, and that too under pressure. A lot of credit must go to the way they played as well. He played an incredible knock under pressure for his team. He caught us by surprise and things went his way tonight, all credit goes to him.”

The Proteas’ middle order had earlier revived the innings to help post what proved to be a defendable score of 133 for six. JP Duminy top-scored with 48 runs off 38 balls, with AB de Villiers (25) and Farhaan Behardien (18) the other significant contributors. Pakistan attacked with a spin-heavy front in conducive conditions, making it difficult for the batsmen who finished well after a slow start.

“I thought JP (Duminy) and Farhaan (Behardien) batted beautifully to get us in a position from where we could actually set a challenging total,” Peterson added. “We knew the wicket was going to get a little bit slower. We thought what we posted tonight was going to be slightly below par but we knew we were in with a chance to defend that.”

The Proteas need to win their next two matches against Australia (Sunday) and India (Tuesday) respectively, if they are to have a chance of advancing to the next round in the tournament. 

Sport24

Comments
  • UNITY - 2012-09-28 22:24

    There bowling is a serious problem! The captaincy on using. More spinners to slow the scoring rates, pakistan beat us in every aspect bowling batting fielding and good captaincy....we playing lotto with the next two teams ...will we ever get it right first time.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-09-28 22:39

    Damn those two Umars, especially the Gul guy. But we still got the opportunity let's not relent. AB's inexperience (as captain) was evident, we should have given Botha a longer run with those short balls towards the end to unsettle them. But then: \YES WE CAN !!!. And i believe!. Come Sunday.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-09-29 07:23

      Lets not forget our senior player started the "ROT" If anyone should have seen that we just had to bowl full and make them take the risks it should have been Kallis!!! Gul was nowhere when the ball was full, but Kallis and the Morkels gifted them the game!!!! Levi a joke, Behardien not the answere, Albie may as well not play if you only going to have him come in with only two overs to go and what is AB batting so low down for????????? In the next game the Aussies showed us how it is done, no chockers there!!!!

  • Joe - 2012-09-28 22:45

    would love to know why johan botha only bowled 2 overs today. and wtf albie morkel bowled AT ALL! AB was lank dof today.dunno if he's the best choice for captain.

      Liam - 2012-09-28 23:29

      Every captain in the world has lost i game doesn't mean he isn't the best choice. What would make him the best choice if he learn from he's mistakes and to do better from there

  • gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-09-29 08:24

    We keep blaming our seam bowlers (ie Albie, Morne and Jacques) as well as AB's decision-making, for our loss but if our top order batsmen (Amla, Levi, Kallis & co) had fired and scored a few more runs then we would have won that match.

      Granville Paulse - 2012-09-29 12:59

      Amla is not going to fire everytime. i think we didn't pace ourselves well enough. We needed AB to up the rate or Albie to contribute. Farhaan also needed to take a few more risks.

  • john.knipe.10 - 2012-09-29 08:34

    When we were 33 for 3 in the 7th over I said to anyone that there is no way to win this game. To come that close to winning is a credit to our guys.

  • michael.salomon.589 - 2012-09-29 09:14

    Why Why Why... bring on Albie is BEYOND comprehension when AB should have exhausted Botha ...

  • Granville Paulse - 2012-09-29 13:13

    Umar Gul is a tail-ender that can slog. I don't know of a tail-ender that plays spin well. They generally look for pace so they can just swing through the line. All the more reason to bowl JB and JP. People gonna slaughter me for this but Albie was never a good enough bowler and Morne is not a death bowler.

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