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Cricket World Cup 2019 | Want To Move on From England Defeat Quickly: Du Plessis

Cricketnext Staff | May 31, 2019, 10:20 AM IST

South African captain Faf du Plessis has urged his side to move on quickly from their 104-run defeat to England in the opening game of the ICC World Cup 2019. The Proteas restricted the hosts to a total of 311-8, but their own run-chase fell apart after Hashim Amla had to retire hurt to the pavilion after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer.

“You are going to play games and come up against opposition that are better than you. England beat us in all three facets of the game,” said Du Plessis at the post-match press conference.

“As much as we are disappointed, we will want to learn from it quickly and put it to bed. We want to move on from it quickly.

“The flow of the innings unfortunately started with Hashim coming off. When you are chasing a big score like 312, you need a good start to settle the dressing room. A good start is really important. With him coming off, a few overs later Aiden (Markram) got out and then I got out. When you go three down, it becomes tough and the score looks big, it looks too far. The pitch was good enough,” he added.

Quinton de Kock (68) and Rassie van der Dussen (50) put up 85 runs for the third wicket, but the South African innings started to fall apart after de Kock was dismissed by Plunkett. South Africa were eventually bowled out for 207 runs.

The bright spots on the day for South Africa was the impact of spinner Imran Tahir, and the glimpses of pace that both Rabada and Ngidi showed in patches.

Speaking about the plan to open the bowling with Tahir, du Plessis said, “It was something we first thought about a year ago. When we played against England, I thought we want to go with him because it is different.

“At The Oval you want to bowl two seamers first but we went with what I thought was the best way to get a wicket. I went with my gut.

“Imran had not bowled with the new ball before so he had been practising that for the last two weeks. He knew he was going to do that today.”

South Africa will play Bangladesh at the Oval next on Sunday.

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