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AB rues missing easy chances

AB rues missing easy chances
South Africa lost a rain-affected match by four wickets by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the penultimate ball of the contest. South Africa set New Zealand a daunting target of 298 runs in 43 overs and were well placed to win the match but they squandered several opportunities to surrender the contest. De Villiers himself was guilty of missing a routine run-out as he failed to get rid of all-rounder Corey Anderson, who was batting on 33 then. He went on to score a crucial knock of 58 runs off 57 balls.

Asked about the incident in the post-match media conference, De Villiers said: “That’s one of the moments. We had a few chances to win the game tonight. It’s not the only chance. Tried my best to catch and I didn’t. Life moves on. I didn’t take that and unfortunately, we had our chance again after that. But, yes, if you want to see it that way, that I cost us, then I’ll gladly take it.”

Man-of-the-Match Grant Elliot who guided the Kiwis to their maiden Cup final with a responsible knock of 84 runs was also given a “life” in the 42nd over. Farhaan Behardien grassed a skier after being distracted from his task by an onrushing teammate Jean Paul Duminy from fine leg.

“We had our chance. We had opportunities to adjust and we did and I felt it was enough. The chances we had in the second inning showed that we, it was enough. It could have been enough. We always talk about expecting the unexpected, and the unexpected happened today, we adjusted as well as we could, and it wasn’t good enough,” he said.
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