South Africa coach Russell Domingo was quizzed about his side's batting decisions after their narrow win against the Netherlands, where they scored a below par 145 for nine and had to be saved by the bowlers.

Hashim Amla was the top scorer for the Proteas with 43 at the top of the knock, but the rest of the order failed to impress and handed their wickets away as Ahsan Malik took a five-fer and the Dutch looked on their way to an upset.

Luckily for the Proteas, Imran Tahir took four wickets and Dale Steyn again made an impact at the death, bowling Holland out for 139 and saving the side's semi-final hopes, despite the dire batting effort.

Domingo fumed after the match: "Our thinking during the innings hasn't been where it needs to be. There were some poor dismissals and some poor thinking which set us back big time."

The batting line up continued to baffle viewers, who watched as AB de Villiers came in lower than many would have liked, while Albie Morkel was sent in ahead of the in-form JP Duminy. Domingo attempted to explain his thinking.

The coach lamented: "If we stick with the same line-up, people say we do the same things over and over; if we change it, people say we change it too much.

"Albie Morkel is a player who goes in with the intention to try and take it on from ball one and JP needs a bit of time to get started, which is why we sent Albie in.

"It looked like a bad decision because AB got out at the wrong time but the strategy was for AB to try and hold it together for us and Albie to try and take it on with batting still to come. It didn't work out for us."

The coach was again asked to defend the use of Amla as opener, given his recent poor knocks in terms of strike rate. Against the Dutch he batted at nearly 200 though, and Domingo insisted Alma was the right man for the job.

Domingo added: "In our domestic T20s, Hashim had the second best strike rate of all players in South Africa. His strike rate for me is not a major concern. He is a quality player.

"He is always going to find the gaps and the boundaries when it's his day. So we are pretty happy with how he hit the ball."

The coach then said he was pleased with the way the team had responded to pressure, avoiding the traditional 'choke' tags by pulling off wins instead of losing tight games. He felt the team were going to be criticised no matter what they did.

He concluded: "We are a strange cricket nation. If we win two or three games comfortably, people are accused of peaking at the wrong time, and if we win two close games, people say we are playing badly.

"We can take a lot of positives out of the way we dealt with the pressure in these two tight games and we can fall back on those experiences when we get into tight games as the competition progresses."