AB disappointed with batsmen, again

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers was again disappointed with the way his side batted against Pakistan, as they lost the second ODI by a hefty 66 runs considering they'd restricted the hosts to 209 in Dubai.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers was again disappointed with the way his side batted against Pakistan, as they lost the second ODI by a hefty 66 runs considering they'd restricted the hosts to 209 in Dubai.

The Proteas won the first ODI by one run, having again batted very poorly and their bowlers saving them. This time, the bowlers again did a superb job, but the batsmen crumbled to 143 all out, with a top score of 29.

De Villiers lamented: "Our bowlers bowled really and we had great intensity in the field. It's all about attitude and we had that in the field. McLaren, Morkel and Tahir bowled very well and I'm proud of the way we played in the first half. Morkel started with great intensity.

"We have a few issues in the batting and it's up to us to turn it around, I'm very disappointed and Pakistan were too good for us tonight, no excuses for us. We have to face some of the best bowlers in the world and we weren't good enough."

With one more ODI to go in the levelled series, both sides will be eager to improve on their batting, with Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also not too impressed with his side's efforts.

He said: "We shouldn't relax after winning and we still need to improve. Our batsmen are getting good starts but aren't converting them so we need to rectify that.

"It was a really good performance especially after getting out for a low score, our bowlers did the job for us again. "[A score of] 220-230 is par on this ground, whenever you score 200+ you have a chance here, especially if you get early wickets.

"The way Hafeez started, he bowled very well and Afridi took some important wickets and Ajmal put the pressure on. They were well supported by the fast bowlers. Tanvir got the first wicket and Irfan came back to take more wickets."

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