Domingo ponders ‘intricate’ rain impact

2015 World Cup

South Africa coach Russell Domingo was bitterly disappointed by the Proteas' semi-final loss to New Zealand on Tuesday, and tried, and failed, not to focus on the Duckworth-Lewis score the Black Caps had to chase.

Rain arrived in the 37th over of the South African innings, the score on 216/3. After rain, the overs were reduced to 43 per side, and the Proteas added 65 runs in the five overs remaining, scoring 281/4. That was upped to 298 for the Kiwis to get.

While it was a challenging score, and the hosts reached it with one ball to spare, Domingo was surprised by how few runs were added, saying he'd have thought, judging by how Pakistan's score was adjusted in the group stage, that his side would get rewarded for their finishing efforts.

Domingo said after the game: "I remember we played against Pakistan a couple of weeks ago, and they were given 10 runs after being bowled out with four overs to spare and we just got six more.

"So it's quite an intricate scenario, intricate way of working things out.

"We would have thought that maybe we would have gotten a little bit more, and maybe getting 25 or something like that. That's just what was given to us. That's the way it is."

Given the loss, the cliche and obvious 'choker' tag reared its head again, online and from the media, and Domingo said he never understood why only the Proteas got that tag, when sides like New Zealand had failed many times in the World Cup too.

He said, resigned: "There is such small margin between winning and losing. People will never say there is a dark mist about New Zealand. I think that is the first semi-final they've won (it was their seventh, and first win).

"But people don't question that. It's just the nature of being the South African cricket team, I suppose."

He couldn't prise skipper AB de Villiers enough though, who was gutted by the loss and in tears while giving his presser, especially when discussing his missed run out. De Villiers was a leading run scorer in the tournament.

The coach added: "I'm extremely proud of the way the captain has led the side. He's done an outstanding job throughout this campaign. He's backed up his stock with outstanding leadership and outstanding performances."

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