SA captain De Villiers relieved

SA captain  De Villiers relieved

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers was a relieved man after his side secured a semifinal berth in the Champions Trophy as this time the Proteas managed to read the Duckworth/Lewis sheet correctly.

“We have been on the losing side of things like this. Luckily the par score was on the scoreboard all the time. It was in the back of our mind and we were aware of the equation,” said de Villiers at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

South Africa barely managed to secure a semifinal berth despite their Group ‘B’ match against the West Indies ending in a tie under the D/L method here on Friday.

Interestingly, during the 1999 World Cup tie against Australia, the South Africans had failed to read the Duckworth/Lewis method correctly when they had the match all but won at Edgbaston. 

De Villiers said his side played well against the West Indies but fickle weather made it difficult for his bowlers to adjust to the conditions.   “The ball was getting wet. It was tough on our bowlers. We needed to be calm and we were. We played really good cricket most of the time.’’

Meanwhile, the West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo looked visibly disappointed with the result but said he had no control over the rain.

“Obviously disappointed. It’s difficult to judge when rain will come. When we thought rain would come, we stepped it up. We played hard today (Friday). The way we played we deserved to finish with a better result but it is out of our control. We can’t control nature. We were aware of the weather. We were hoping we could get back to the field,” he said.

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