Sri Lanka re-group for must-win match against Pakistan

AB de Villiers to lead South Africa in three-match T20 series against England

AB de Villiers to lead South Africa in three-match T20 series against England

De Villiers is confident that he was the best choice.

The latter has returned home, after South Africa's early Champions Trophy exit, to attend the birth of his first child but is hoping to return in time for the opening Investec Test against England at Lord's on July 6.

"I'm a good captain and I can take this team forward and win the World Cup I believe, I love doing it".

JP Duminy tried his best to recover the innings with his unbeaten 20 from 41 deliveries, but he ultimately ran out of partners as South Africa were bowled out with 5.3 overs of their allotted 50 to spare - Imran Tahir the last wicket to fall, to another run out.

You could nearly feel it - when AB De Villiers called wrong and lost the toss, with India putting South Africa into bat - the panic setting in.

But Hafeez, a veteran of 187 ODIs, told reporters in Cardiff on Sunday: "To be honest, I m always a fan of that tag, that we re an unpredictable team". But they rose to the occasion as they conquered South Africa in a must-win game yesterday (June 11) to seal a spot in the semi-finals.

The cliche that you can never be sure which Pakistan team will turn up is one the current side have embraced at this tournament. "I'm a good captain".

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But just when it looked as if they were well on their way to setting the defending champions a target of around 300, Amla and De Kock were gone, and before you knew it, there were two calamitous run-outs. "I must be very honest with you - not a lot of people believe me but I feel it's pretty close". It was a completely clinical performance that one doesn't get to see quite often against a quality side like South Africa.

"I think you saw it out there today, just a very poor batting performance. There's more than enough talent, and we've just got to get it right when it matters most".

"Du Plessis, who'd patted the ball towards point and set off with a call of "yes" admitted later that the misjudgement of the run in de Villiers's case, whose dive into the crease was beaten by Hardik Pandya's quick return to MS Dhoni, was his fault". But what happened after that was also not great, because that changed the game. We were trying to contain the batsmen, that was our basic plan. There have been quite a few game plans around that.

"In my mind, that (composure) wasn't the problem". It was not a mental thing.

About the game against Bangladesh, he said, "We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, suits our game".

And he did not attribute those mistake to any mental bogey-men but mused that maybe the nature of multi-team tournaments demanded too much of South Africa.

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