ICC Champions Trophy: SA defeated by Pakistan

But it's been a good challenge for me, a good challenge to contain batsmen.

Losing a high scoring game against Sri Lanka was a body blow for Kohli which required some serious introspection. "I must be very honest with you". You may say that it isn't their fault. And I believe the same thing over here in this tournament and the last one.

"I can take us to win a World Cup, I believe", De Villiers told a news conference.

In the first place, to make things hard for them, the traditional English weather has played the role of spoiler all through the tournament, butting in at the most inappropriate times, making unexpected winners out of apparently lost causes and vice versa and hitting the betting community (if such it can be termed) where it hurts the most, their profits.

Junaid Khan earlier struck in his second over to dismiss opener Gunathilaka cheaply, after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first in the last Champions Trophy group match.

"(It was) a big mistake on my part, running AB out", du Plessis admitted after India chased down the target in 38 overs to progress to the semi-finals and eliminate their opponents.

"You have to be good enough to do that for the country and you have to be good enough to bounce back, as well". You can not be complacent or take any team lightly. Our approach was far more conservative, and if you're going to play that way, you can't afford the calamities that unfolded in terms of the two mid-innings run outs.

Pakistan have depth in bowling even without Wahab Riaz who injured himself against India.

But Kohli was quick to point out that as much as captaincy is about being honest in assessment, it is also about man management skills where he would not preferably want to get on any player's nerves.

Pakistan have been in an underachieving mode in worldwide cricket for a while now, especially since they do not have too much cricket at home.

Sri Lanka too did not lack for support at the Oval when they turned the tables on India in dramatic fashion. He was replaced by Junaid Khan who returned with figures of 2/53 against South Africa. After winning the toss earlier, India has asked South Africa to bat first. "Maybe some of the teams have really surprised the opposition with the way they have batted and bowled in certain situations". "Until you have a team effort, you can not win games, especially in conditions that you are not familiar with".

Frustration grew among Pakistan players with Mathews and Dickwella raising a resolute 78-run stand for the fourth wicket in 16.1 overs. After that South Africa never gained the momentum.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said the "win or go home" nature of the match would help Pakistan maintain their "crystal clear" focus in what will be the only Group B match at Cardiff.

  • Julie Sanders