AB: We were about 50 runs short

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers said his side were 'about 50 runs short' as they went down by eight wickets in the second ODI against New Zealand in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat on a Senwes Park pitch that is notorious for high-scoring matches, De Villiers' team were bowled out for just 204 in the final over of the innings.

Only Farhaan Behardien, with 70 from 87 balls, looked in any decent sort of form at the crease as the Proteas struggled to put partnerships together.

The Black Caps' openers, Martin Guptill (103*) and Tom Latham (64), then put on 126 for the first wicket to effectively seal the match for the visitors, who leveled the three-match series at one-all.

After the match, De Villiers said: "I don't think we had enough runs. We came out with a good mindset to defend on the field, but it never went our way, we were never in the game.

"We were about 50 runs short. We did not bat well, did not get partnerships up front, put a lot of pressure on the middle order, we could not kick on at the end, if we would have got 250, it would have been a good score."

The third and deciding ODI takes place in Durban on Wednesday.

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