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T20 World Cup: South Africa ‘back to earth’ after Pakistan defeat, says Temba Bavuma | Cricket News

South Africa has been brought “back to earth” by their defeat to Pakistan at the World Cup T20 but will use it as a wake up call prior to their match to be won against Holland captain Temba Bavuma said.
The Proteas could have sealed a semi-final spot with a win at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but instead fell back to a 33-point loss in the rain-shortened Super 12 game.
Second in Group 2 and one point behind India, Bavuma’s squad now has to beat the slightly regarded Netherlands in Adelaide on Sunday to be sure to continue.
Bavuma said “the wheels came off” for South Africa when Pakistan posted 185 for nine after being reduced to 43 for four early on.
“A team like Pakistan, as you know, is very dangerous if you give them any kind of momentum,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s a big concern. Yes, there are points of discussion for us, areas we can learn from.
“Maybe it’s a gig we needed to… maybe bring us back to Earth.”
Bavuma lamented his team’s poor fieldwork and refused to blame it again as a slew of catches went to the grass in the drizzly last overs of the first innings.
“Until this game, our field work has been very good. We fell at night,” he said.
“We fell during the day. We fell in wet conditions.
“Maybe the intensity for the boys has decreased a bit. Individually the boys know it, but it’s certainly not the standard of fielding that we are proud of.”
The loss of veteran middle order batsman David Miller to back cramps didn’t help South Africa’s cause after rain and the Duckworth-Lewis method made them an unlikely victory target.
However, Bavuma said Miller’s benching was as a precaution and expected him to return to the Netherlands.



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