Running AB out big mistake on my part, says Faf du Plessis

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

"But in this tournament, we weren't playing like the No.1 team". That sort of mindset is really helping all of us to come together as a unit and make things happen.

But it's been a good challenge for me, a good challenge to contain batsmen. "Because of a bowling performance like that, you can feel the confidence in the change room". Just a very poor batting performance.

India will play Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Thursday, certain to be a vibrant and raucous occasion. Talking about the imminent clash, India's ace with the ball, Jasprit Bumrah, however, quipped that they were not thinking about the clash at the moment. We got them attacking fielders and we asked the bowlers to make them play hard shots. It's never easy in global cricket.

"You need to have a good balance of being competitive, being passionate about the game, but at the same time, not getting over-excited", he said. "When those factors are not there, you pay the price and it's the team's approach that has been the missing ingredient", he added. It's the same for us. "We prepare well, try to execute whatever our plan is".

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He will be in charge of a 14-man squad, without several Proteas regulars and one man yet to make his T20 global debut in all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius. Clearly, Virat Kohli's cup of riches is overflowing, and the captain had no qualms in saying "this is our most complete game yet" after the victory over South Africa on Sunday. Their skipper AB De Villiers talked about keeping calmness on the field, but it seems as if there is some magnetic force that pulls them to the opposite end in crunch matches. The world's number one team lost the last eight wickets for 51 runs after being comfortably placed at 116 for one at one stage. While Kohli basked in the afterglow of the commanding win, AB was left fending off questions about his captaincy, and whether the team needed a psychologist. Often, he is the one who is handed the ball (and the responsibility) in these crunch overs of the innings.

The loss to India was another major disappointment because South Africa started well and moved smoothly to 116 for one after being put in to bat before three batsmen were run out and they were dismissed for 191 in the 45th over.

And he did not attribute those mistake to any mental bogey-men but mused that maybe the nature of multi-team tournaments demanded too much of South Africa.

Upul Tharanga remains banned for a slow over-rate, and Kusal Perera was injured in the stunning win over India and is set to be replaced by Dhananjaya de Silva. His job up front would be to cause troubles for Tamim Iqbal, who is third on the leading run-scorers list of the tournament.

In the picture, the man had Indian flag wrapped around him, while his woman had Pakistan's national flag.

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