India v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo

De Villiers owns up to South African choke

Andrew Fernando in Colombo

October 2, 2012

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Once before the tournament began, and now at South Africa's exit, AB de Villiers has confronted the choker's tag, and worn it self-critically. "We have choked in the past," was his unprovoked confession in the days leading up to the tournament, and at their farewell, he again uttered the c-word previous South Africa captains would have avoided even if giving a lecture on the Heimlich maneuvre's effect on fuel injection.

It was almost pre-emptive flagellation. Perhaps de Villiers believed the press would beat the team with that stick anyway, and chose to reappropriate the label - or at least soften the blows by admitting it himself. Maybe he believed that taking total ownership of the team's shortcomings is a crucial step in the side eventually overcoming them. Whatever the reason, de Villiers seemed almost eager to evoke South Africa's perceived psychological deficiency when asked a tangential question.

"In the big moments, in the pressure moments, when it really mattered, we were found wanting," de Villiers replied to a question that simply sought enlightenment on the fickleness of Twenty20. "In that Pakistan game, we should have closed that down. We know that. It's simple to say, but we choked that game. That's a simple fact. We've got to go back and become a better team and there are no excuses."

The truth however, is that South Africa didn't go far enough into the tournament to actually choke - at least not to the extent to which they capitulated against New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup quarter final. They are not the first team to find themselves on the receiving end of a thrilling Pakistan comeback, and they are unlikely to be the last. Against Australia, they were simply brutalised by a player in incredible form, and when there was no pressure on them at all in their last match of the tournament, they fell short there as well.

De Villiers denied South Africa had struggled to adjust to the Premadasa pitch, and instead simply said the side had under-performed. The seamers had been humming on a fast, juicy Hambantota surface during the group stage, but could not transfer that form to Colombo for the Super Eights.

"I thought we played well in Hambantota, but I don't think it was the conditions here really, we just didn't play good cricket," de Villiers said. "It started off against Pakistan when we got into a winning position and we found a way to lose that game. We still didn't give up hope and worked really hard. We came back against Australia and we were beaten by a better unit on that day. We tried really hard again today, but it just didn't really click in this tournament. It's hard to put my finger on something - we just played poor cricket throughout."

South Africa's fielding was perhaps the most surprising disappointment in the tournament, for a side that has built a reputation as one of the best fielding outfits in the world. South Africa spilt catches in almost every match, and given two of their defeats in the Super Eights were lost by slim margins, a tidier show in the field might have seen them through to the semi-finals. Both Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were reprieved during the one-run loss to India.

"It wasn't ideal tonight. Unfortunately we let a couple of catches go down and we have done that in the whole tournament actually. It happens a little in this format when the ball flies all over the place, you do see a couple of catches go down. But that's no excuse, we're a better fielding unit than that."

South Africa will host the Champions League Twenty20 in October, but the team's first international commitment is a tour of Australia in November. De Villiers said the break from their international schedule would be an ideal time to process the disappointments of another unsuccessful campaign in a major tournament.

"We felt very well supported in this tournament and that's the thing that hurts most. The South African media and people back home expect a lot more from us, and unfortunately this time we couldn't deliver. It's not time to give up hope. The guys have performed in the past and that's showed me that I can't lose my faith."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by andrew27994 on (October 4, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Before the tournament started I knew that this wasn't the best squad that South Africa could pick. I think they picked their best bowlers but they lacked firepower from their top order batsmen (i.e Levi and Kallis especially). Also I felt that JP Duminy was yet again underutilised. I certainly rate him as SAs 2nd best batsman in T20s and should have been batting at 3 or 4. Though Levi is a clean striker of the ball, he isn't consistent enough in this format. So perhaps SA still have some work to do in this format. I believe that they have what it takes to win the 2015 WC and I back them to win it. This comment is from an Indian supporter.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 4, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

It is funny that SA considered as favorites in all series and they will crash out before finals. They do not know how to handle pressure.

Posted by Rahulbose on (October 3, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

This was not a choke. They simply did not play well in the tournament. A proper choke will be if Aus crash and burn in the Semi-finals.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

The quota system lives, as evidenced by Behardien's selection. The inclusion of not as useful players such as Ontong and Tsotsobe on the bench are further evidence. Other than that, though, SA have only themselves to blame. Levi never fired. Kallis never fired. Amla never fired. DeVilliers' biggest game was against Sri Lanka in the group stage, when we were already through.

To some extent SA were unlucky, and to some extent, credit has to be given to the opposition, for getting Amla and Kallis out.

Posted by Hardy1 on (October 3, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

It wasn't a choke, they just simply weren't good enough. Has anyone ever considered that?

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

India won the matches with a weak bowling bowling attack.and yet bowled out other teams three times in this T20....look at SA they have the most destructive bowling and batting line up and yet they are not able to wing a single match in super 8...wat a waste of talent.....

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

So Easy for Ab to "cop out" by saying "we choked." Rather insulting to the opposition? Truth is, the Protea side was just not good enough! Unbalanced, full of sound provincial players, unfortunately they found the step up to the international scene too big!? Levi, Behardien, in particular, are lightweight. Moreover, De Villiers is not ready (good enough?) to do a Mickey Stewart or an Adam Gilcrist or a even a Flower? Let him bat and field ... this last discipline has gone backwards. It is easy to use cliches such as "build for the future" or "learning curve." There is no such thing, in reality if SA wants to play with be the No 1 20/20 "big boys" they have to change their mindset. Botha should have remained captain, Rudolph batted in the middle order (added spin option to boot) and Faf and Kallis set as opening pair, with AB at 3. Amla, brilliant in the longer game, is not a 20/20 player ... it is not impotant enough to him. The Morkels are millstones; too expenisve, unpredictable.

Posted by duncanmoo on (October 3, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

This is not a choke, this SA team went into the tournament underperforming, the games in England were an indication that they were not ready for the tournament. A choke would have been if they had been performing and then faltered just when victory was close or pressure was high. This is a pure failure!

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 3, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

South Africans easily chicken out for whatever reason;I could remember once they ran away from Test matches in Sri Lanka without showing guts.Sri Lankans played in Pak when no other side was playing.Is it in the genetics I wonder Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by CricketChat on (October 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

SA played decent cricket despite some of the big guns not firing. First, they haven't put up totals that shifts the pressure on opposition straight away and second, their bowling unit didn't perform to the expectations. Levi, Kallis, Amla are probably not suited to T20 as much as some fans might think. They need to get the team right before they can make strides in this format.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

s. africans prove that they are big chokers player like albie morkel in africa is like a one man army in t 20 but they never promoted him in batting order he is a perfect hitter on no 6 or 7 and also they put him out against aussies albie record against aus is much better than others teams f.behhardeen is not better than duplesis poor team selection poor batting order ab de villers is a 1 down batsman in t 20 coming at no.5 is not rite for him

Posted by chamma87 on (October 3, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

suddenly it became a hit-n-niggle tournament.

Posted by Proteatensious on (October 3, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

1.Morkel 2. Kallis 3. Amla 4. De Villiers 5. Duminy 6. Du Plesis 7. Levi 8. Peterson 9. Botha 10. Steyn 11. Morkel

Its not possible for anyone to chose a better team , give a Levi a chance down the order atleast for one or two game, rather than Behardien using up half the overs in a pro20

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

Come on guys, get some perspective here. This is a T20 tournament. It's a "hit and giggle" game. Even the associate nations can compete over 20 overs. It's easier to get lucky over 20 overs but less so over 50 and less still over 5 days. If you think that winning a world tournament suddenly makes you the best team in the world then perhaps you should choose a different armchair activity. SA are ranked #1 in test format, #2 in ODI's 'cause they are currently one of the most consistent teams. Before the start of this tournament they were #1 in T20's again 'cause they were playing consistently better than all other teams. SA have almost always been one of the top three teams making them more consistent than most other teams. OK, there is something strange about their tournament performances but let's be honest who remembers anyone but the actual winner? And, if losing by one run is the measure of a choker then ALL teams have choked. Who hasn't lost a game from a winning position?

Posted by klempie on (October 3, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

@bliksempie. Your screen name is scarily similar to mine. :p

Posted by Pathiyal on (October 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

well, the tournament is proving one thing - no team has mastered this format yet or no team is superior to all.. there is always uncertainty surrounding you. the team which is able to make short term strategies has an upper hand. it is difficult to plan well ahead of the game.

Posted by Lankanforever on (October 3, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

I really believe it is a waste that AB is keeping. someone make a comparison of this guy's batting as a keeper and a nonkeeper and the fact that he is too gooder fielder to be kept behind the stumps. i think it is time to bring in a specialist keeper and release AB from that job so he could concentrate more on his batting. I have really enjoyed his fielding and it is a big miss to world cricket that he is keeping rather than fielding at backward points.

Posted by Yevghenny on (October 3, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

everytime SA lose, it's called a choke. No wonder they get so angry when journalists say the "C" word. No other side seems to be labelled this. It seems they'll never be allowed to forget the 99 semi final and their home world cup

Posted by arunrg on (October 3, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

SA is much like the student who does well in class tests and midterms but fails miserably in the finals.

Posted by Hommi on (October 3, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Its good to accept the truth no matter how bitter it is.. that's the only way you can improve yourself i hope the best for SAF.. they should bring new players.. Kallis, Smith should retire and youngsters should be brought into their place..

Posted by bliksempie on (October 3, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Don't worry about it AB, it's only the T20 WC - no-one really cares about it anyway. It's hit-n-giggle, fluffy-pants sausage-fairy cricket. You shouldn't place yourself under pressure to win that, just go out and have fun. I'd far rather be the number one Test team than the T20 world champions. Still, if you want to do better, select a better team. Drop Levi, open with Albie Morkel - having someone with his destructive power coming in at 8, behind Robin Peterson, is just plain daft. I can only imagine Gary Kirsten lost a bet to keep sending him in so low. Just never let him bowl, please. Drop Farhaan, keep Faf, and let him bowl. Get David Miller in the team. And select Johan Botha for every game until he dies. There you go - all better now.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

well played team south africe me a big fan of kallis and amla

Posted by stormy16 on (October 3, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

It is absolutely insane how SA could not make the semi's as a minimum - I cannot understand how they failed to win a single game in the super 8. They are a multi-talented team with ALL bases covered with plenty on the bench. No other team has the SA options in quality and variety. The spinners, the pacies, the big hitters, the wkt keepre batter, the fielding, quality batters - bascially there is nothing missing. When you consider Tsotsobe didnt play a game and he is a solid limited over bowler. Tactically I thought they were very poor in both selections and game plans but its hard to think this alone will result in no wins at all. The other thing is the captain and coach has been changed - there was a feeling this could be part of the reason - but apparently didnt make a differnce. It will remain one of the mysteries of cricket but look out for this team in the 2015 WC - they will be on the top og their game in favorable conditions.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (October 3, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

SA came to the tournament with an aura of invincibility and a huge bubble of expectations. Some considered them as Vulcans, fine machines with no emotion. But at the tournament the bubble popped, SA became the tourney's punching bag. Fallen from grace SA team return home dejected and demoralised. Whole thing sounds like verse from a homer's epic.

Posted by Shekhar_NY on (October 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

SA y dint u bat yesterday man...would hav been good for u....and good for India too...u would hav got a fair chance to win n Ind fair chance to qualify

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

SA team rockkkss ...they r nt chokin they r simply unlucky to go o tornament ...yu hab done gud job win lose thts part of game...SA rulz

Posted by klempie on (October 3, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

As a Saffer,I really don't give a toss.Sorry, but you can't "choke" in a T20 no matter how dominant you have been in the game prior to the loss. It's a stupid format, in which only one guy from the other team's lineup has to have a "lucky" innings (I don't want to say freak innings because going at 200 S/R is relatively easy given that there is hardly any impact on your place in the team if you lose your wicket playing a reckless shot) and you're down for the count. When you go out and buy a Lotto ticket and fail to call the numbers right, and you do it week in and week out for years, does that make you a choker? No! It just makes you bad at maths. Don't besmirch the choker tag by associating it with bad performances in this pathetic format. A true choker loses his marbles when he has his heel to the opponent's neck in 50 over or test cricket. The Proteas performances in 50 over tournaments (Tests are a different story of late) warrants the choker tag and rightfully so.Wear it; own it.

Posted by Joey213 on (October 3, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Ab is all your fault for bad captiancy

Posted by suni550 on (October 3, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

for me SA they didnt what they need to do. For e.g., why they kept Faf Du Plesis aside while Levi and the other new batsmen keep on failing. Why they didnt send Kallis as opener? why AB is moving down the order till the final SA game? Why AB promoted Duminy ahead of him?

SA fast bowlers did gud job

AMla did not carry his form from England this is another reason why SA knocked out in S8 stage only

Posted by crick_sucks on (October 3, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

You can't choke 3 games in a row. Get over it. Now you have started using it as a excuse. I feel that SA are a overrated team by media and fans. They at best are a well discplined unit making very few mistakes to win games. And this approach serves well in bilateral series. But in a multi team tournament especially a WC teams need to constantly rediscover themselves and up the ante at each level. Players with skills should come to the fore and carry the team forward. For SA this never happens. They are at top gear from the start and dont have another level to elevate themselves when the rest of the teams take their game to the next level. These are the teams that win big mathces. So to constantly say that SA is a extraordinary team and they had bad luck or choked is all wrong. It can happens once/twice but every time since their comeback is not acceptable. It is time SA accept their limitations and re-evaluate themselves.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (October 3, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Make me in-charge of the SA team & I will give you results.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (October 3, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

I think Morne Morkel, as a bowler, is far too over-rated. Look at his economy in T20 matches. I think Lonwabo Tsotsobe is far more effective, though under-rated. Plus, where is Loots Bosman ???? He is far more destructive & effective than Richard Levi. Team selection & not under-performance cost the Saffers.

Posted by Ammy_rd on (October 3, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

It is incomprehendible how South Africa always find new ways of losing from dominant positions. If it were a psycholigical thing, why don't the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott, and other South African exports alike, suffer with it? The real reason why they lost was that their batting was lacking teeth all the way. Hashim Amla looked in horrendous form, Richard Levi proved he is a fluke and Kallis could not click either. It left too much being asked of Devilliers and co. who never enjoyed the comfort of a solid platform as batters. I guess South Africa must start a domestic 5 over tournament that should teach players how to deal with pressure consistently.

Posted by S_M_M on (October 3, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

better luk next tym southafrica....but definetly the team selection was not rite.....smith,ingram,miller should have been considered....farhan is definetly not an international class...let him play at domestic level.....levi is another shahid afridi but without any bowling abilities....coz he only knows how to play on the legside...it was amal's first entrance in t20world cup....even he was not up to the mark.....south africa need to be lik aus....a different team for t20....saf needs big hitters to fire at rite tym in short format....even the no. of sixes saf has scored in the tournament is not up to the mark....a hitter lik gibbs,klusener,kemp are required specially in the top order....bowling was still better than batting except for parnell....he needs to find his way....

Posted by chamma87 on (October 3, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

sharj33l i think your knowledge of cricket is very low.it is so obvious that an Asia team will come to Finals in 2015. just look the history.1999 world cup in England, pk in final,2003 in Sa, Ind in final,2007 West indies,SL in final.when it comes to shorter format standard of Asian teams are very high. the only team among them and beaten them was Aussies.

Posted by joseyesu on (October 3, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Not only the SA's are dispaapointed, but also the fans all over of STEYN, MORKEL, AMLA, DEVILLERS, KALLIS..and the team SA.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

It is fine. You fought well in all the games except the against Australia. There is no need to be ashamed when you go down fighting. Win or loss does not matter. What matters is the passion with which a team plays cricket.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

@James Anderson umm well. T20 hosted by South Africa 2007. South Africa did not qualify for semi-finals. One day world cup 2003 was hosted by South Africa, and they did not even make the Super 6. Kenya and Zimbabwe both did.

Posted by dumca.shobhit on (October 3, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

I am always been a big SA fan and dont quite understand the way they go out of the big ICC tournaments every time. In the past they used to choke, but this tournament they didnt click at all. I am very pleased to see the honesty and bluntness in AB's analysis and comments and really hope that this SA outfit turns up well the next time.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

SA have really played well, or at least tried playing well, best of luck :)

Posted by anver777 on (October 3, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

As usual another disastrous global tournament for SA team.... I think SA team really missed the experiences of Smith on top & also the batting order of Albie & AB himself was another reason for the failure !!!!!! better luck next time..... with some better strategies !!!!!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Why bowl first when there is no obvious advantage, and when you are not sure that you are going to chase down the total. The pressure was entirely on India in the last game because India was in the game with a chance to make it to the semis. There was another battle within the actual battle. The battle within was the battle between Pakistan and India. All Indian fans wanted India to make it to the semis. The pressure was entirely on India. South Africa did not have anything to lose. They should have simply chosen to bat, put on a good score, and apply pressure on India. They also did not have a settled opening pair. Amla and Kallis are two similar players and their combination as openers will not work in T20s. They should be separated by at least two to three batsmen like Devilliers and Duminy. Kalis should have come down the order because Amla was there at the top. For analogy, Yunis Khan And Misbah following one after another costed them the Semi Final of World Cup 2012 against India

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (October 3, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

I think SA lost it the day they announced the squad. Levi and Behardien cannot be in the top 11 of that country. You saw how Levi put pressure on everyone else by getting out even before the No.3 put on his pads! I fully agree with Ian Chappel's view on team selection...it was nothing short of bizarre..and to have someone like Gary Kirsten approve that selection is beyond my comprehension.. I think this cup was lost by SA selectors not by SA cricketers.

Posted by Amit_Tomar on (October 3, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

South African this time around failed at tactical front would say.How they Justify the fact that Faf du Plessis is not part of the team until their final match.

Posted by TheCricketLady on (October 3, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

As long as the faith remains, from the fans like us who've stood through dozens of chokes in the past and always brace ourselves in case of another, South Africa's flag will keep flying high. AB, you're a relatively new captain, you've got lots to learn as do the youngsters in the side representing the post-Kallis era. We wish you all well-better luck next time! :)

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

I love you South Africa May God bless you with a world cup . . . .I love you guys so much . You guys are the epitome of Spirit of Cricket

Posted by sharj33l on (October 3, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

All the asian team lover saying african team choked ll face a big stunner in 2015 worldcup which is in austrailia..

i bet no team from asia could make to semis

Posted by chamma87 on (October 3, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Mr.James anderson when sa had major tournament in their backyard they failed every time. 2003 world cup then T20 world cup and mini world cup.its just clear SA is not a good short format team.no doubt the are the best test team.but in shorter format its clear that they are like BND WI.They fail. they will not win a world cup for another 10 years.

Posted by peter4135 on (October 3, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Most of the players will be glad to go home after being that long on the road.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (October 3, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

I think that the term "choker" has been over-used by a lot of band-wagon jumpers for a while, describing every loss by the Proteas as a choke. The definition of choking in this context is to be in a position to win and then succumbing to the pressure of expectation and losing. Is that what happened to SA in this tournament? They were one of the early favourites and they failed to win a Super8 game but T20 is a fickle format. They'll be disappointed but I'm not sure that they'll lose too much sleep over this. England won the last WT20 and there were still a lot of neutrals who didn't see that as a reason to give them any respect. No doubt the 50-over WC is a far bigger prize, so they'll want to put in a better showing in 2015.

Posted by bmunzey on (October 3, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Miller and Ingram need to be permanent fixtures in the team. Enough of depending on Levi. Also SA need a full time wicket keeper. Devilliers cant do it all, and made some horrible captaincy decisions this tournament.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

It wasn't a choke this time honestly. Choke is what they did in last four 50 over world cups, and in the 2007 T20 world cup. This time they just played poor cricket.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

Well played SA. It was so close and when its this close, both teams deserve commendation of a good hard-fought contest.

HOWEVER, I have never seen SUCH SAD expressions on the faces of a winning team's contingent as was evident on the Indians. Felt sorry for them.

Bring on the Semis NOW!!!!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

I think there is a strong case of AB to drop off his wicket keeping responsibilities. I haven't seen him having a leaner phase with the bat since 2008. I just don't feel the need for them to put so much pressure on a player as he is filling three roles right now in 2 formats. he certainly doesn't seem out of form but he is definitely not converting his starts into bigger innings like he used to do without much effort before he was assigned as captain.

Posted by Meety on (October 3, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

@Chris_P on (October 03 2012, 02:04 AM GMT) - I agree, I don't think they really choked like in past events. The only aspect that looked remotely like choking was their fielding in the Oz game. I suppose a 1 run loss could be labelled as a choke, but I think they had the wrong team & the wrong tactics.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

SA is known choker they r better then any other team. But every time in big tournament they r always scared to be known as a chokers, and statements starts frm their own players we r not chokers and they put themselves into presure., and its make lots of difference while playing big matches ur mind telling u not to be a chokers and its effect the performance. Otherwise they r much better team in individual series. Anyway u should perform the day u play.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Better luck next time. Do not worry even the mighty Team India did not make it to the semis. After all the competition is held in Asia, and not in your own backyard..

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

southafrica u were the most balanced team at the start of the tournament but unfortunately u guys didnt perform upto ur potential. better luck next time

Posted by KingOwl on (October 3, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Oh, we have got a new phenomenon, here. The captain is saying that SA choked and the journalist is saying, "no they did not, after all, it was too early to choke"! Cricket is so much fun to watch, equally fun to read about!!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 3, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Better luck AB next time...South Africa need to learn how to win big tournament...I think exclusion of Graeme smith from the squad cost them.Because AB is new captain and some time he is strategically Failure and he couldnot handle the Pressure.eg Match against PAK.If their was presence of smith in the field then he will surely set field and make crucial decision immediate.....

Posted by Chris_P on (October 3, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

I think the use of the word "choke" is extreme. It was well earned in the past but this series has seen the Boks just off the boil & when confronted in any type of format with all the top teams, that;'s all you need to lose close ones. Perhaps with a calmer head, they might have gone for the single second last ball & go the glory shot last ball, but he did smack a six to get into the 2 from 2 situation so it needs some perspective. Given their form the past 2 years, they were simply off their game the past couple of weeks.

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