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India vs South Africa | Du Plessis Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Batting Display After Third Straight Loss

Cricketnext Staff |June 5, 2019, 11:47 PM IST
India vs South Africa | Du Plessis Slams ‘Unacceptable’ Batting Display After Third Straight Loss

Faf du Plessis was in no mood to pull punches after South Africa slumped to their third straight defeat in the World Cup 2019, slamming his side’s “unacceptable” batting show during their six-wicket loss to India in Southampton on Wednesday (June 6).

“Ours is a change room that is hurting and I am trying to make sure we keep fighting but we're making mistakes all the time,” Du Plessis said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Today someone had to bat through and we didn't do that. To have so many 30s and 40s throughout the innings is not unacceptable.

“Rohit had a bit of luck but he did what we didn't do - get a hundred and win the game. It was a really good pitch and there were lots of runs scored.”

Du Plessis also bemoaned the luck of his new-look bowling unit – particularly Kagiso Rabada – had to face on the day.

“Their bowling was magnificent and they’ve got good fast bowlers and spinners. We did well to pull it back with the bat before their spinners ran through our middle order.

“With all our fast-bowling resources gone, we picked an extra spinner and it meant we needed a score to bring them into play. Had we had Steyn and Ngidi, it may have made sense to bat first.

“Rabada is a champion, I haven't seen so many balls lands short and go here and there. But that's how the game goes, when you aren't playing your best cricket, these 50-50 things don't go your way.”

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
2
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
3
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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