Faf not ‘overly disappointed’ by defeat


South Africa T20 skipper Faf du Plessis was stoic in his disappointment after his side's thrilling final ball defeat to Australia, but admitted to wishing the death bowling had been less wasteful.

The Aussies won by five wickets as they got the two runs require off the last ball, thanks in large part to the miss-field in the deep by David Miller that allowed the second run. They needed 11 runs off the final over.

Du Plessis had scored a blistering 79 off 41 balls earlier in the day to help the Proteas to 204 for seven, a score he would have expected his bowlers to defend. But the final few overs saw a slew of wides and no-balls, as well as that fumble.

The skipper said, contradicting himself slightly: "As a captain all you can ask of your bowlers is to be skillful at the death and bowl the ball in the right areas and we did that. I am not overly disappointed.

"The disappointing thing is that when the game is on the line, you want to make sure you get your basics right. To bowl two free hits in the last two-and-a-half overs, is a match swing of about 10 or 12 runs."

Of the final over, bowled by young Kagiso Rabada, Du Plessis said he had no regrets about using the lad instead of experienced Dale Steyn: "You can't always be hyper-critical on every situation.

"We've got our death bowlers, Dale, Morry and KG. I've got no issue trusting a 20-year-old to bowl the last over. That's how far he has come."

The win saw Australia level the series at one all with a game to play, and Faf said he was pleased to be able to play a deciding match so close to the World Twenty20, to see how they coped with the pressure.

He added: "It gives us another opportunity to have a crack at a real pressure game. It's nice going to the World Cup, just to make sure and to see when the pressure is really on you how we react."