Pakistan v South Africa, ICC World Twenty20, St Lucia May 10, 2010

'We were just not good enough' - Smith

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Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, offered no excuses after his side crashed out of the World Twenty20 following defeat in a must-win match against Pakistan. Seamer Charl Langeveldt took a career-best 4 for 19 to restrict Pakistan to a moderate total but the powerful South African batting misfired to end up 11 runs short.

"I guess you run out of excuses," Smith said. "We were just not good enough again. It's very, very disappointing."

Only three boundaries were scored in the first ten overs of the chase, putting a lot of pressure on the batsmen who came in during the second half of the innings. AB de Villiers was the top-scorer with 53, but there was little support or big-hitting from the rest.

"Today we got strangled a bit with the bat," Smith said. "We bowled pretty well to restrict Pakistan, but we were tense with the bat and lacked fluency and positivity. AB was the only one who really played. That's been the story of our tournament. We've struggled to get all three disciplines together in one game."

Smith also hinted that South Africa might need to rethink their Twenty20 squad after the under-par performance in the Caribbean. "There is a new selection panel and they must look and make the best decisions for South African cricket - that's what it comes down to," he said. "The team is more important than any individual really and it is about getting the right players involved to be successful - it is up to that selection panel to make those decisions."

South Africa had been knocked out by Pakistan in the previous World Twenty20 as well, but that defeat came after a hugely impressive unbeaten run to the semi-finals. "Going into that tournament last year we had played a lot together as a team, we were coming off one of our most successful seasons," Smith said. "The confidence in the group was good, players were playing well, everyone knew their role really and here we have come out of eight weeks of not being together and haven't really gelled in terms of performing our roles and the confidence doesn't seem to be there."

The early exit follows the first-round elimination in the ICC Champions Trophy at home last year. "You always say you've got to learn your lessons. You have to say, with the talent in South Africa, it's not good enough to perform at this level."

Gerald Majola, the president of the South African board, also expressed his disappointment at the poor display from a team which was highly rated coming into the tournament. "The hardest pill to swallow now is that the squad was not marginally beaten on any of the finish lines, but faltered well short of their targets in the early stages," Majola said. "We now await an explanation for this from the team and management."

The Pakistan camp was much happier after the victory set them up for a semi-final spot. The star with the bat was the promising youngster, Umar Akmal, who smashed a counter-attacking half-century after Pakistan got off to a horror start. He had support in the form of quick cameos from brother Kamran and captain Shahid Afridi.

"The boys performed really well," Afridi said. "In the beginning it was not a good start, but then Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and myself, those partnerships were good and 140-150 is a good total on this track."

After the match Afridi started praying for an England win in the second game of the day. It worked and Pakistan went through to the top four.

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  • ShahzadAkram on May 12, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    South African are always are competitive but what was the reason they lost all important match badly. I think they need a good leader. It does't mean that Smith is not a good player, this is about leadership, the thing he fails to prove in every bid match. Pakistan also have the same problem but they are quite LUCKY.

  • UmairTariq on May 12, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I agree with Mark King....... South Africa have reinforced the CHOKERS brand given to them.

  • Kaaaaaaash on May 12, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    I am 100% sure that, Smith's captancy always be a big question mark for all the major tournament. The south African batsman actually taking pressure in the big match, that actually need to be change. You cant imagine a team who loss their three quick wicket in their power play and making only 18 runs and then they won the match against the SA. First of all SA batsman giving the chance to Pakistani bowler to overcome on it. AB start the proceeding but it was too late. JP not performing well for a long long time, but he is still on the final eleven. Question is that why? Is it only Morkal who always come in the tight situation and won the match for SA? Why Smith not permoted him in the slot of JP. I am a paki but the way SA team played in this match, I am sorry to say that its below Bangladesh's effort. I hope now Pakistan become a dengerous unit. InshAllah victory against the Aussies giving them a real boost. Pakistan just try to survive their 2 quickees. Pakistan InshAllah win the semi

  • dhonivisiri on May 11, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I can only remember these words from a commentator during a match at the Kensington Oval, Barbados "Australia and South Africa are the best suited to be in the finals of this tournament. But St.Lucia is on the way" Can't help having a chuckle...

  • prakashkallis on May 11, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    The South African team needs to be restructured.....Smith shud pave way for Botha in both the ODI's and T20's and its high time that Boucher retires from ODI's and T20's...Its been 7 years since Smith has taken over from Polly and there is no major trophy in the basket....players like Rilee Roussouw, Dean Elgar,rusty Theron,Faf du Plessis, should be given a chance and I dont see the advantages in pickin Van der merwe....

  • RahulSharma5 on May 11, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I feel the South African Cricket management needs to be changed, despite having world class batsmen in their side but still underperformed, except two players Ab De Villiers and Jacques Kallis we playing well throughout the tournament, it should be a team effort and not individual effort which can win the tournament, i am really disappointed with such a dismal performance in the world cup by South Africa, they will need to learn and put that learning into practice. I feel Ab De Villiers should keep instead of Mark Boucher in Twenty20 International, i do not see Mark Boucher having the calibre to play Twenty20 matches, and again they will also have an extra bowler, batsmen or all rounder to play in the squad.

  • LAWR on May 11, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Graeme Smith is not a good captain and should take the blame for his sides poor performance. Maybe he should be brought down to earth by being relieved of the captaincy.

  • on May 11, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Guys just chill, except south africa and england rest all teams playing equally good cricket. Pakistan making it into semis shows the way to other three teams in group F that cup is still open and everything is possible, you just have to win when it matters most. those who will choke will make a joke of themselves. its all about handling pressure and Pakistan is so good in doing it as you dont expect them to do it. also their unpredeictable nature makes them most dangerous team as all game plans fail. Hopefully Team India will get it right too and all da best for todays game.

  • on May 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Just one word........CHOKERS

  • Nervewrecker on May 11, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Cricket is a funny game, T20 is funnier, and the World T20 format is the funniest. A team that has managed to beat just a minnow Bangladesh and regular chokers South Africa out of the 5 games played till now, sit happily in the semi final spot! Even before Australia, who are still unbeaten, can be assured of a semi final place, Pakistan are in. Needs a re-look.

  • ShahzadAkram on May 12, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    South African are always are competitive but what was the reason they lost all important match badly. I think they need a good leader. It does't mean that Smith is not a good player, this is about leadership, the thing he fails to prove in every bid match. Pakistan also have the same problem but they are quite LUCKY.

  • UmairTariq on May 12, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    I agree with Mark King....... South Africa have reinforced the CHOKERS brand given to them.

  • Kaaaaaaash on May 12, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    I am 100% sure that, Smith's captancy always be a big question mark for all the major tournament. The south African batsman actually taking pressure in the big match, that actually need to be change. You cant imagine a team who loss their three quick wicket in their power play and making only 18 runs and then they won the match against the SA. First of all SA batsman giving the chance to Pakistani bowler to overcome on it. AB start the proceeding but it was too late. JP not performing well for a long long time, but he is still on the final eleven. Question is that why? Is it only Morkal who always come in the tight situation and won the match for SA? Why Smith not permoted him in the slot of JP. I am a paki but the way SA team played in this match, I am sorry to say that its below Bangladesh's effort. I hope now Pakistan become a dengerous unit. InshAllah victory against the Aussies giving them a real boost. Pakistan just try to survive their 2 quickees. Pakistan InshAllah win the semi

  • dhonivisiri on May 11, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I can only remember these words from a commentator during a match at the Kensington Oval, Barbados "Australia and South Africa are the best suited to be in the finals of this tournament. But St.Lucia is on the way" Can't help having a chuckle...

  • prakashkallis on May 11, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    The South African team needs to be restructured.....Smith shud pave way for Botha in both the ODI's and T20's and its high time that Boucher retires from ODI's and T20's...Its been 7 years since Smith has taken over from Polly and there is no major trophy in the basket....players like Rilee Roussouw, Dean Elgar,rusty Theron,Faf du Plessis, should be given a chance and I dont see the advantages in pickin Van der merwe....

  • RahulSharma5 on May 11, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I feel the South African Cricket management needs to be changed, despite having world class batsmen in their side but still underperformed, except two players Ab De Villiers and Jacques Kallis we playing well throughout the tournament, it should be a team effort and not individual effort which can win the tournament, i am really disappointed with such a dismal performance in the world cup by South Africa, they will need to learn and put that learning into practice. I feel Ab De Villiers should keep instead of Mark Boucher in Twenty20 International, i do not see Mark Boucher having the calibre to play Twenty20 matches, and again they will also have an extra bowler, batsmen or all rounder to play in the squad.

  • LAWR on May 11, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    Graeme Smith is not a good captain and should take the blame for his sides poor performance. Maybe he should be brought down to earth by being relieved of the captaincy.

  • on May 11, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Guys just chill, except south africa and england rest all teams playing equally good cricket. Pakistan making it into semis shows the way to other three teams in group F that cup is still open and everything is possible, you just have to win when it matters most. those who will choke will make a joke of themselves. its all about handling pressure and Pakistan is so good in doing it as you dont expect them to do it. also their unpredeictable nature makes them most dangerous team as all game plans fail. Hopefully Team India will get it right too and all da best for todays game.

  • on May 11, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Just one word........CHOKERS

  • Nervewrecker on May 11, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Cricket is a funny game, T20 is funnier, and the World T20 format is the funniest. A team that has managed to beat just a minnow Bangladesh and regular chokers South Africa out of the 5 games played till now, sit happily in the semi final spot! Even before Australia, who are still unbeaten, can be assured of a semi final place, Pakistan are in. Needs a re-look.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 11, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    @pareekshith and ericbryan. Drop Kallis?! He's an all-rounder. He bowled pretty well to help drag SA back after Smith made the error of bowling the spinners and releasing pressure. If he was there for his batting alone I would say yes, 1 can consider it but how can u let emotions drive u to say drop Kallis? It is funny how people forget all-rounders are there for bowling and batting. It was a similar out-cry where persons kicked up a fuss when Mitchell Johnson won player of the yr (maybe the only 1 in the poorly selected short-list that truly deserved the award), persons ignored the fact he contributed with the bat. I find the mentality of cricket fans astounding.

  • Kabir87 on May 11, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    i am a S.A fan but there is several players in the domestic league who performing really well and should get a chance but they dont put them in.....i mean look at kleinveldt he gets 2 wickets against india but just because he conseeded alot in his last over they drop him whereas on the other hand you have smith who never score runs in i dont know how many matches and they leave him in the squad, the not willing to give the new players a chance......they pick theron but dont even give him a game to play.... They shouldnt worry of players names if they dont perform they should be dropped, in this year you tell me what has captain Smith done good for us??? why is he still there in the squad, what has boucher done with the bat?whereas you have a smasher in the form of Van Wyk who is a good wicket keeper and opening batsmen as well, as well as Philander who is performing well in every single match, dont these youngsters deserve a chance???

  • on May 11, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Pakistani's rocks,at the end of the day they are better than the SA.so the defending champions is back in the game.

  • Romanticstud on May 11, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    South African selectors have let us down again and also the strategy of playing 20/20 games is getting a bit tedious. Herchelle Gibbs hasn't made a score for a while ... Smith was out of form and Duminy was downright dissapointing ... I suggest we need to select more players in form ... What about the Warriors players who won the domestic final ... It is OK to have Boucher, Morkel, Van Der Merwe, Botha in the line up but when you need 12 and over chasing 7.5 at the start, you need to bring them in earlier ... farewell Gibbs ... Smith and Duminy ... Kallis should start the innings with say ... Loots Bosman ... followed by AB De Villiers ...

  • THIMMU on May 11, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    Really fad srry for south africa..........probably, the most talented cricketing country in the world nd just 1 major trophy nd that too 10 yeara ago.............

    ive been supporting proteas for the last 12 yrs...,have to admit im losing faith in this team........is it a curse that sa underperform in major tournaments???? nd wen they play well ,they choke under pressure........ smith should step down nd make botha the captain of sa(in odi nd 20-20)......smith is not flexible enough ........

    sa has a good test unit, but their odi nd 20-20 squad needs a shake up..........i hope the new selection panel takes the right decision nd follow the aussie approach .......(a more vibrant nd young 20-20 squad)...........dumb gibbs nd boucher

  • griffin_830926 on May 11, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    I still cannot believe the decisions made by the Proteas. Gibbs finally looked as if he was regaining some form with his 30 off 24 balls against New Zealand, batting at number 3. So why would you let him open the innings in a "must win" game? Roelof VD Merwe, is horribly out of form at the moment, even when he came on as a sub in the last game, he fumbled a ball on the boundary and it went for four. It just shows that his overall confidence is at a real low, and yet he is included in the starting 11 in a "must win" game. He ended up going for over 16 runs an over. Graeme Smith is one of the best captains in the game today, and if u think otherwize, you're obviously do not know much about the game. He is however out of form, and i think he should have been rested for a game, and given Loots another game. Rusty Theron shouldve played the last game as well in place of VD Merwe. If we needed an extra spinner, JP is more than capable of bowling a 4 over spell and taking wickets.

  • Pablo123 on May 11, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I wish the committee would read my comment.

    This T20 team are good, but I suggest leave all the star players out and field a team from the provincial cup - not hardened test and ODI guys.

    Give the young performers from the provicial sides test their skill on the international stage and let the test and ODI guys have some time off, no doubt, the provicial guys would perform better.

    G.Smith, M. Boucher, JP Duminy etc. are in very bad form and should never have been chosen in this team to go to WI. T20 should be a format where young stars of the future are blooded.

  • Rakim on May 11, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Pakistan believed in themselves. And, check history, no-one can beat 'em if they play their game !!

  • cricbic on May 11, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    I'm an SA supporter and utterly gutted and disappointed, chiefly because the guys have so much talent and aren't reaping the rewards in the shorter version of the game. In truth, I'd take number 1 rating in tests ahead of any hit-and-giggle 20-20 trophy any day, and in longer, more skilful version of the game we've shown some amazing strides. Perhaps, despite all the rhetoric suggesting otherwise, they're not backing themselves and essentially playing within themselves. I dismiss any claims that Kallis or Smith should be out of the side as knee-jerk reaction by 'fans' without an appreciation for the value of proper cricketing skills and leadership. The same people who'd call for Kallis' head would've been the same ones cheering his imperious form in the IPL. So, get a grip, back the team, hope they back themselves and enjoy the times when it clicks.

  • Pratyush_Khandayatray on May 11, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    You can not blame south africa of being choking and the people who said proteas are chokers I just want to ask them name a cricket team who does not choke under pressure .This time off course all their batsman are not in touch at all but these things happen in cricket.In 1992 rain spoiled their party,in 1996 they lost a closed match,in 1999 and 2003 they are the only team to be out of the wc with a draw and yet people are accusing of choking then what about the other teams?

  • doctorofcricket on May 11, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    in my view Pakistan is a slow starter and more than cricket relies on prayers of Pakistani nation who is good at it because of crisis in the country people have nothing to do other than prayers.Otherwise pakistani players have no international caliber and standards of the game.Like Misbah ul Haq is known as T20 specialist and we are watching the perfromance of this cricketer at many venues he is too nervous and gone lazy with his feet movements and i think T20 is a game of young people who have stemina and sharpness in reflexes and i do admit with time and age this sharpness,attitude and relfelxes go.Sachin is one of the greatest batsmen cricket has ever produced if he is made to sit out of T20 then it should be realized by all aging batsmen that T20 is for young blood and powerful legs and sharpness in attitude and we know cricket has evolved from Test cricket for older people so i think older bunch should keep their concetntration focused on that type of cricket and one dayers max.

  • ali.majaz on May 11, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Protea Fans... i know it hurts .. it really does.. But Good for us .. Paksitani Fans Buck upppppppppp !!! we are stilll dere .. we can win it !!! GO GO GO PAKSITAN !!!! ... rest of da boys .. go play IPL .. myt help you... NOT YOUR GAME .. M TALKING ABOUT YOUR BANK BALANCE !!!

  • cheeseburgers on May 11, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    92 World cup(1 ball 22 runs ...), 96 World cup (winning all league matches only to lose in Quarters), 99 edition(famous semi final and an infamous exit), 2003 cup(miscalculation/mathematical misinterpretation), 2007 50-over world cup(choke when it matters the most in semis), 2007 World T20(winning all league matches and losing only one super 8 game ensures elimination), 2009 and 2010 World t20 (thanks to Pak and chokers tag in their back)...and we still hope SA win a silverware one day...

  • gzawilliam on May 11, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Well its suprising to see SA miss the semi's as they always seem to lose there. But really with their team they should do a lot better.

    I like how Smith says the selection board needs to get the right players involved to be successful and in that his own selection would become an if.

    He was very poor this tournament. Also so was AB who i thought would be rather good knowing his liking for one day cricket.

    All teams go through this though. Aus went through it and went back to select a specific 20/20 team. Even punting gave it up knowing he wasn't up to the game or even liked it.

    Smith needs to be replaced in this team. And botha needs to be captain. I fear kallis may be past it in this format seeing his struggles in recent months of keeping the run rate up. He still looks in great form. But not great 20/20 form.

    And what happened to van der merwe? He was electric with the bat in the first few 20/20 games he played. Now he's just a spinner. puzzling indeed.

  • Chiita on May 11, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    South Africa is always been a great team with so much potential, but the only issue, they do not perform in big matches. They do not adapt a new game plan, during the match and always stick to the dressing room's agenda. but I always enjoyed watching them. There are some great win associated with the same players but they do choke and become erratic. About Pakistan they play game with out any plan, there is no road map. There is no projection about the this team, always they do unexpected. Sometimes its good and sometimes its bad. There is always a collapse. But looking into this format of cricket you cannot predict at all. Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and West Indies they all did unexpected. This is what makes twenty20 so great and I am loving every bit of it.

  • walkie14 on May 11, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Dissapointing from SA indeed. I'm not so sure the answer to the problem is dropping all the experienced players. Who do we replace them with? It seems all SA's up and coming talent is already playing for or in England. SA need to have a look at their approach to games. I hate to say it but adopt the KP approach and 'play without fear'.

  • SunAndSea on May 11, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Disappointed my team are out. This should rightfully spell the end of Biff's term as captain of the OD sides. He's tactically inflexible (when is he going to learn to use Albie Morkel effectively?) and seems unable to get the best out of his players in tight situations. It's time for Johan Botha to take the reins.

    Secondly, Jacques Kallis's place as one of South Africa's cricketing greats is assured. But T20 does not suit his temperament. He should concentrate on test cricket, which is his strongest format.

  • thrash_metal on May 11, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Boucher needs to hang up the gloves in the limited overs format.

    Prasanna Srinivasan needs to learn to control his emotions and get his facts right (Botha lost 2/2 T20's in Aus in 2008 - 0% success rate)

  • Binisa on May 11, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    In my opinion a transition is required in the team by replacing some of the out form players. The Morkel brothers have been terribly inconsistent with the ball. We need a quality spinner. Its retirement time for smith, gibbs. boucher, duminy,etc.. Bring in Rossouw,Alviro Peterson, Puttick, Henry Davids, CJ devilliers,etc..Bring the next generation in. And what the hell has happened to the feilding?? Its simply disgusting. The team was again pathetic against spin. Is this the preparation for the upcoming world cup in the Indian subcontinent???

  • FIASNAHK on May 11, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Ok this is the main problem with saouth africa. They have an incredibly talented side (although nowadays, if you look on paper all the teams look great) but they dont have what the subcontinental teams have. That is freedom in mindset and batting. The pakistanis dont really have gameplans in there batting and so all the guys just go out and try to hit. In a condensed format like this one or two of them will always come good. For SA they play too much to gameplans and conserve too many wickets, so the put too much pressure on themselves. Even the Aussies have changed to become more free in their top order, everyone just looks to hit. SA need to get in some young players and look to be free at the crease.

  • pradeeplasantha on May 11, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    again feel very sorry about SA. they are very good team but due to reluctant to change things they always suffer in front of the whole world. get AB to open the match. don't keep him too late, he can win the match,can be another Mahela.Kallis Factor, Is he a match winner?????? (Like Sachin) look kallis has faced 335 balls & scored 409 runs during T20 world cup, it is not bad but not good as opening batsman.also need to change captancy , if Smith is not doing good for T20, then you need a specialist captan, absolutely not Kallis.also hope Ian chappel will understand he needs to be careful with his words, he said Pakistan palys Dump cricket so they cannot qualify for semi... what happen now????? his two favorites alredy gone, taht is Kiwis & SA. see what happen to india today??????

  • Conynine on May 11, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Smith, Kallis are undoubtedly the world class players , but I don't see them handle the crunch games. de Villiers played fantastic innings but was never good enough in the end, in this format of cricket u really need to have a extra batsman in the side, Boucher's role with the bat is near to nothing though he's good behind the stumps but not reliable with the bat anymore. Gibbs is not what is he used to be, JP and Albie very inconsistent. The board must consider restructuring the team or their dream to win the World championships will remain intact, we need a South African side of Cronje era.

  • on May 11, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    well...first i laughed at south africa then i felt pity... what a team full of talented chokers..immensly gifted having excellent leader and professional approach,, but they miss THAT something ..u call it luck , killer instinct or motivation or watever it is...south africa always amuses me by their lackluster approach... wat the hell did smith n kallis did against india thn yesterday against us... even senior pro like gibbs n de villiers..like see how did d villiars get out ..like he deserved to be thrown out of window in which he was standing n watching his team getting dead n burried... its just they get out of ideas wen it comes to the finishing... may b they can reduce the artificial pride n ego they boast on the field n concentrate on the moment at hand with appilcation of brains...though our pakistani team face the same nonsence yet the rise when they r pushed to the wall... all the best pak team n im really disappointed with south africa to see them go out again in a nonsence.

  • hotmale on May 11, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    In my opinion, they cannot win matches by sending orthodox players at the top. They should send hitters/unorthodox players at the top so that they can play their natural game & give SA a quick start. Smith & Kallis don't hit good balls, they wait for bad balls, you can not do that in T20 matches. Gibbs is very good batsman but he cannot play his typical game on these types of pitches. Boucher should be replaced with a young WK. I dont understand why Smith opted for Merwe against pakistan. These type of decisions cost you big time in such crucial games.

  • Marktc on May 11, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    South Africa have some brilliant players, but they seem to battle with the T20 mindset. They play T2o like 50 over cricket, which obviously does not work. Smith is lauded by those in the know as a greatcaptain and SA players respect him. I guess he is allowed to go through a rough patch, like all cricket players. This time it was not a case of choking- the whole tournament they played badly and it carried through to see them knocked out. SA have good strikers like Smith, Gibbs, Kallis, Morkels, De Villiers, Steyn even. They just need to be taught how to adopt a T20 mindset. Furthermore, in SA more goes on behind the scenes that may also disrupt the scene. The batting coach should be axed. At least SA have a second shot at the title with all the SA born players in the England side.

  • sherishahmir on May 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Really feel sorry for South Africa, smith, kallis,boucher,Gibbs, Steyn etc really a team of players who got unbeleivable talent in every department of the game but still not able to make the most, i would attribute the defeat due to the limitation of game as it happened to them at crucial junctures, since they back in International cricket, anyway they r the most terrfic side of any format of cricket and the game has to carry on, simply wish them good luck for future. As far Pak is concerned, our side does have much chances since the start of tournament like South african or Australians, but again by the grace of Almighty God we are going to play the third conseuctive semis which itself shows the enormous talent Pak got for the game. From here the boys should charged up as real oppurtunity arises to retain the title of champions as the whole nation is backing them with their prayers. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on May 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    They always seem to choke!!! I would've loved to have seen them play the Aussies! It would've been the ultimate match.

  • Kirstenfan on May 11, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    At least the South African soccer team still has a chance of winning a World Cup this year! Smith is a terrible captain, Kallis and Gibbs must not play 20 20 cricket for SA again, AB played well but has tried the scoop shot 8 times in the tournament and didn't score a run, and got out with it yesterday. Not worth investing any more time in supporting these absolute losers.

  • on May 11, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    I have been a SA fan for atleast 15 years and i have also run out of patience supporting this team. SA can never an ICC tournament and even ban would be a better bet than SA to win ICC tournaments. Time has come for SA Cricket Board. We have had enough, Axe most of the players and lets have a fresh squad with botha as captain.Remember He was the one who defated Aus in Aus ans he is more positive than smith. Anyways with the current squad they will not win. There is no prob in trying a new squad. Time has gone for kallis, smith, Gibbs,Boucher etc. My squad for WC would be 1. A puttick 2.L Bosman 3. A. Pietersen 4. Duminy 5. AB de villiers(wk) 6. J botha(capt) 7. A morkel 8. D steyn 9. W parnell 10. J theoron 11. R. van de merwe/Imran tahir

  • tshikota2000 on May 11, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    They played rubbish cricket, i dont care how the bowling is, as a batsman you must improvise. Its 20/20 cricket not o.d.i. , and then they leave bosman out. Stupid coaching .

  • UmairTariq on May 11, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    SA as usual.... not a big match team. This was again proved today by them that when crunch time required performance they lacked the mental strength to go all the way. Anyway good luck to Pakistan.

  • WASEEM.SAJID on May 11, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    I really feel sorry for SA. but i love to see Pakistan winning.....But Hard Luck Smith & Co. You give us lot of entertainment and i love to see you people winning some thing big in any tournament. But Pakistan is always my 1st priority

  • Nayeem_Kohir on May 11, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    South Africans have once again lived up to their reputation of being chokers at the biggest stages and at the most crucial moments. I think they need to hire a former Australian or for that matter a Pakistan cricketer as a coach or a consultant to get their choking problem corrected. It is about the mental attitude of these players that has to be changed because that is where they are going down. Otherwise they have some of the most talented cricketers around the world. I would think a Steve Waugh or a Javed Miandad for that matter would be of great help because both the men knows a thing or two about handling pressure. I am very disappointed to see South Africa out of the best four of the tournment. Now with India's chances of making it to the last are not as brighter, I would definitely like to see England go all the way besides Pakistan whom I am supporting to win this tournment. I hope India also takes a cue or two from Pakistan and does well against Sri Lanka.

  • Abdul.Moiz on May 11, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    @ Wisdom_of_Cricket

    No Doubt, Smith have been the best captain in the era of Proteas, I love him cause his way of management is brilliant, Calm, Cool & Powerful guy. He takes entire team away together. Its not good that SA choke up in ICC events but on the other than there Test, ODI winning rate is best

  • SameenRana on May 11, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    In my opinion the only reason was the IPL , SA was the only team after india whos all the players were playing the IPL and one can see the results . They were tired did not played as team and was some time not interested in making the extra effort , Probably the IPL is too attractive for them to play for their own country

  • sameer-hussain on May 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    my team is south africa for ever what so ever.as i start to watch because of great hansie cronje of his leading skill and leading from the front and i wish the south africa gets another cronje as well as klusener too

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. but hold on it your luck. your final examination is there in a few days may Allah bless you with success for India hi fellows you need to improve your bowling dhoni you can go go it will be india Pakistan fina

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Bring it on....the Semi-Finals. Would love to see Pak Vs. W.Indies Final!

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    beware of cornered TIGER.In world T20 Pakistan is Nightmare For south africa , newzealand and srilanka.

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Pakistan Always perform at the right time and hope this is the start of journey toward another t20 world cup let us hope and pray for the best.

  • sameer-hussain on May 11, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    its too bad that proteas lost to pakistan.actually sa played very badly because non of any1 took the risk to play the big shot and only few player match the standard of t20.and t20 is not important and why sa is wasting the talented styen how is one of the finest player of test and smith also leave the t20 while kallis is a dual character and he match to any standard of cricket after all he is greatest ever allrounder but if he focus on test n odi then it would be better.the final things is that they select player of one caliber they thing abt the squad for t20

  • marcash on May 11, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    now, afridi and team got new life, afridi should bat at no.3. then umar akmal and then razzak, through misbah at 8 or 9. and get rid of hafeez and khalid. and give try to new azzam and bring back sami... good luck pakistan.... only you guys played australia well in compare to any other team.....

  • on May 11, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    GO TEAM PAK........beat the aussies.i know its tough.but not IMPOSSIBLE.........

  • mrnevergiveup on May 11, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    I think SA hav the talent beat any team in the world but not the mentality.... But for this loss I wud not blame them coz Pakistan played really like WORLD CHAMPIONS........ and now when they are into the Semi-Finals let me tell u guys there is no STOPPING them.... not even the IN FORM AUSSIES....... CORNERED TIGERS HAVE STRUCK BACK....... YEAH!!!!!!!! CAMPIONZZZZZZZZZ

  • newyork2011 on May 11, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    This Pakistani team sure knows how to give high blood pressure to it's fans. Amazingly it has made it to the semi-finals after winning just two matches. The most important thing is that they are in the Semi- finals and thats an achievement. I think Pakistan should keep the same team, but Mohd. Hafeez should be given a definitely given a license to throw his bat around-- I remember he played a great innings in a recent domestic match. And Please someone tell Misbah to stop playing the reverse sweeps and the silly scoops. I just wish that India can somehow make it to the Finals with Pakistan, there is nothing like a Pakistan/India Final.

  • dippu on May 11, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    It has been a poor outing for the south africans. Then again, its t20..I don't think there is too much wrong...they just lost by 12 runs...!

  • on May 11, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    CHOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahaha

  • on May 11, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    pakistanis prayers were heard by God and we thank the Almighty for giveing us the vitory and also an english victory whitch helped us get to the semis Thank You Allah and After Him the English team they could easily had lost but they palyed well and won

  • Mushtanda on May 11, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Once again undeserving Pakistan would make the semis, thanks to the Proteas.

  • on May 11, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Unfortunately, South Africa has once again succumbed to pressure when it really mattered, and hence arguably the most well balanced and talented side has exited before the semi-finals.All credit to Pakistan though, they held their nerve in a must win encounter which was almost a dead rubber for them but they pulled through and showed how talented they are.Umar Akmal atm could be classified as the mst promising young batsman going around. But back to South Africa, i do not think Smith is a bad captain, in fact along with Ponting, Dhoni and jayawardene he is one of the most successful and innovative captains of the last five years, however considering he has led them to another early exit (compared to their standards), maybe he needs to sit down and have a major alteration of his tactics.

  • irfan.asim on May 11, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Wow!!!we all r celebrating here in Lahore Pakistan but South African must be disappointed, they are always under achieved when it comes to playing big tournaments, I still remember 92 World Cup when weather/D.L/Umpire ruin their chances, and then in 99 WC when Klusner fought hard but couldn't made to take his team through finals, last year semis and now in 2010. They have been un-lucky all the time, I have some great cricketers in their domestic pro-20, players like Nikkie Boje, Telemachus, Yusuf Abdullah, i think T20 is made for young cricketers, South Africa should immediately replace smith, gibbs, kallis and boucher, they are too old for this format. anyways thanks to England for helping us getting through the SEMIS, Australians don't be over confident the Giant killers are on their way to knock you out. Indians must be hoping the same as what happened to Pakistan. but they have a very poor run rate. even if Aus beat WI, and Ind beat SL, still i doubt their chances...........

  • on May 10, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    being a S.A. Supporter, this was a huge disappointment..expected a lot more..but pak was the better team. Hope they do well next time. Seriously, nt all of them cn be outa form at the same time.

  • paki_screw_indians on May 10, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Under-par performance by soutch africa.Pakistan really bowled well.Bad luck is all we can say.Pakistanis did well.They are the champs.

  • paki_screw_indians on May 10, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    We played the better cricket today,and we deserved to win.Would be good to know how the indians feel now.3rd time into the semis!GO PAKISTAN!

  • paki_screw_indians on May 10, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    The champs show their mettle again.Into the semis we roll.GO PAKISTANNNNN!What do the indians have to say now?maybe malinga's gonna make u dance tomorow.Loved Gautam Gambhir's picture-so helpless he seems-hopeless losers.

  • syedahmed91 on May 10, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    All I can say after watching what happened today is that Pakistan really make cricket look like a joke of a game, especially t20 t20.Truly absurd No star player(s), No IPL contracts, No moral. No Problem.

    Well done my fellow countrymen you have we have your back as always, go out and do what your best at against australia. :)

  • on May 10, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Tough luck for the saffers 2nd time in a row we have send them home packing. They had the batting line up to chase down 149 but when you score at 5.5 RPO in this format for 10 overs you are in trouble. Credit to Shahid Afridi for going with 3 spinners, that really choked the South Africans who struggle against Spin.

  • lucyferr on May 10, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    I can't believe there are twits out there who call this a 'choke'. This was NOT a choke. To choke, you have to first eat. South Africa didn't even get to the dining table.

  • pakt20 on May 10, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    both pak and southafrica have problems in this world cup this could be the turning point for pak because the situation now is as same as like 1992...pak just qualify for semis on luck.....i feel it will be very difficult for anyteam now to beat pakistan...t20 is just about confidence..SA is the team that is like one of the balance sides in this world cup but SA is unlucky that they got match with pak....no one can what pakistan will do on the day...if they are good they are just superb and if they are not good even ireland can beat them....

  • Sakib241 on May 10, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Pakistan go through to semi-finals. And this Pakistan is more dangerous than anything. Australia better watch out. India have something to learn from their neighbours. They might be no.1. But still with backs to the wall Pakistan is best after Australia.

  • on May 10, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    It is much a similar situation that pakistan was in 1992 world cup. Pakistan out of nowhere leapt into the semifinal slot and i hope they will now go through.They have got thet winning ignition. Beating south africa is a real moral boost for them and will for suare propel them to get the trophy.

  • on May 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    good luck team Pakistan.. i always had the faith that we could beat the South Africans though i feel that they are better off on most of the grounds..i hope we win the finals as well...InshAllah we will!

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on May 10, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    When it matters SA choke.When it matters Pak delivers. These 2 statements always makes me wonder is it cricket or attitude for big match. I always prefer both but alas to my suprise this package is just with OZ. I don't see any reason why Pak is t20 no1 and OZ being Rest no1. Other teams esp SA chokes everytime under pressure and is exceptionally ranked and wins in other games. NZs survival in all WCs and CTs is a miracle in itself. they r out of WC first time before semis. Eng making cricket,creating diff forms of cricket unexpectedly is still left with one form of cricket TEST which is good for them but bad for world cricket. India for its share of schedule hectic nation still being in contention is good for TV rites. SL varity team with Excellent track record both in shorter and longer versions of game in WC always gr8. WI host,poor nation always has one big star.WC they topple big teams but miss Semi. HAIL WC2010 This is the Best exhibtion batting and Bowling together win!

  • al2qb on May 10, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    And yet again, is this the start of yet another pakistan come back out from the dumps to take it home??? well a hot on form and formidable aussie line up is waiting but if any one its pakistan who can turn them cold on the day it just depends which pakistan team turns up, so far its been the casual one... lets watch the semi final and hope a fighting pakistan come to bite the aussies.. good luck pakistan..

  • SettingSun on May 10, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    @Wisdom_of_Cricket - I really think you should change your name or you might be done under the Trade Descriptions Act. How on earth could you possibly quantify a comment suggesting that Graeme Smith is a 'terrible captain'? I'm no fan of Smith or South Africa as a cricket team whole, but he has been a marvellous captain for them - completely inspirational. It's possible that captaining on three fronts is too much for him now and although the latest choke amuses me greatly, calling him a terrible captain is tremendously idiotic.

  • Chairtruck on May 10, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Anyone thinking of matchfixing? Look at how easily Kallis, Smith and Duminy gave their wickets away...

  • Alexk400 on May 10, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Graeme smith is unfit for t20 so he can not be captain of t20. Best guy i think kallis or devillers or botha (just try to make someone different than usual culpirits). Gibbs should be thrown out. he got old.

    They really need two fast bowlers.

    Problem SA is their batting. They need brand new openers. Kallis still can play number 3. Duminy form went south.

    I just replace whole team for t20. Bring new faces.

  • on May 10, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Well let me tell you something my South African friends. South Africans may be chokers but today it was due to the sheer class of Pakistan. If a bunch of lethargic Pakistanis can hold on to brilliant catches then it becomes really difficult for the opposition. Especially with a brilliant Pakistani bowling line up.

  • mohsan123 on May 10, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    for SA they use this habit for a long time its in their culture that they dont have ability to face the pressure in big.

  • manibama on May 10, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    anyways lets praise the game and hope that it will beplayed in true spirits and we get nail biters in both semis and final as well :)

  • manibama on May 10, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    i dont know why SA always choke at big occassions and now its high time fo their board as well as smith they didnt glue together before world cup to ask its players to play for their country and not for money....in short its a high time that boards look into matter of IPL as its not only destroying the talent, spirit and infact integrity...flintoff quit playing for his country and within coming years i guess same attern will follow with other nations..... Im not saying that pakistan didnt play well thats why they did well.....no infact pakistan is quite lucky to make into semis and all praises to Load Almighty who blessed pakistan with such a luck but you have to see all those players are shinning those who didnt compete or play majorily in IPL....white and hussy brothers for australia but again exception is there in case of nanes and tait...and same goes for englist team...though KP is exception and gayle is exception for windies

  • ImranEssani on May 10, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    Again the same story.

    PAKISTAN in semi final after winning minimum (only one) matches riding on others defeats and net run rate.

    South Africa lost a do or die match to stay in the tournament.

    I hope Pakistan can make best of it by winning this tournament.

  • on May 10, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    insallah v vl nt gv our cup to any one........go boyz.......pakistan zindabad.....

  • Nadeem1976 on May 10, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Simple and only one thing. South africa is under performing willingly from 1992 since today on big occasions.

    To me they did not want to win this match at all. Why they underperform no body knows but 20 years and same thing again and again.

    There is some thing wrong, in all worldcups they underperform in big matches.

    SA board should look into this, players with alligations still playing, there is some thing going on. Anti corruption should look into the issue in SA.

  • saffy_7 on May 10, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Tough luck S.A, well played PAK.

  • proteasfan99 on May 10, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    I agree that Smith is a quality captain but its time for his ODI n T20 axing as he has nothing to show as a captain in these 4marts of the game...I think the S.A selectors should consider putting youngsters in the T20 squad and instead building an era of emphusiasm...Kallis, Smith, Gibbs, Boucher should be given the axe in T20 NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY ARE...Botha or de Villers can captain the squad, with AB getting the gloves for t20 onli..there is no explanation for such an ordinary performance besides lack of desire to win...

  • pareekshith on May 10, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    guess its time for sa to evaluate kallis's and duminy's position in the team. wouldnt mind if they replace boucher for only the 20-20s. the other two i think need to be dropped.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on May 10, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    It is at times like this that Pakistan's passion and hunger sees them through. SA might begin to be haunted by the image of a resurgent Pakistan side that knocks them out of tournaments at crucial do-or-die moments. This victory for Pakistan reminds me of Imran Khan's cornered tigers speech from the '92 ODI world cup. Everybody knows Pakistan has always had the raw talent and aggression to win and beat the best, if only they could funnel some professionalism and consistency into their side and perform throughout the year. However, I'm not complaining, it is an important win for all Pakistani fans, reminding them that their team still has the charisma and passion to win big games. Well done boys.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on May 10, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I must admit that I was surprised why SA still has Gibbs in the squad. Loots would be better fit in this format and another spinner like Botha (NOT van der Merwe) is what they need. Also is it not about time, Smith looks at the credibility of playing himself in this format? unless AB is incapable of reproducing Smith-like charisma, I think he should be the SA T20 Captain.

    Nonetheless, it is so very remarkable to see Pakistan go through to the semi-finals, they are such and unpredictable side...full of surprise, an enigma if you will and this has made for a very exciting finish to this year's World T20

  • Zahidsaltin on May 10, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Graeme Smith is one of the best captains around but the biggest problem has been him not being in form. It can happen to any one, its happening to Sangakara and its happening to English captain too. You can only put blame on a captain when he makes wrong decisions and thats not the case here. For south Africa, its time to sack Gibs, Dumminy, Boucher for T20 and find an other spin allrounder. Moreover, I think, when smith was not firing, he should have considered sending Albiei Morkel as opner with kalis and should have moved himself down in the middle order.

  • on May 10, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Now we need to support Pakistani team to raise their confidence

  • on May 10, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Really sorry for South African Team, they have good quality of cricket and they are electrifying. But pakistan always beleive in this: WE'RE NOT THE BEST ~ BUT WE CAN BEAT THE BEST :). Now i wish Pakistan go through to the finals as well. Lets just pray for them

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 10, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    As usual SA choke. They choked in the field vs Eng and they choked with the bat vs Pak. AB's poor shot highlighted the mental weakness of the team. Pak show how good they can be when they hold their catches because their bowling is very good. If their top order fires (unlikely apart from Butt) they could really go the distance.

  • Sanj747 on May 10, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    SAF are a bunch of no hopers. CAn never perform when it matters. Lots of talk of being number 1 but can never deliver. Beyond choking. Can never get to the stage where they can choke.

  • Wisdom_of_Cricket on May 10, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    It is time for the selectors to axe Graeme Smith as the One-Day and 20-20 captain. Johan Botha would be a good candidate as his successor. With the ODI World Cup just 10 months away, I would NOT put a national cricket team under a terrible captain like Smith.

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  • Wisdom_of_Cricket on May 10, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    It is time for the selectors to axe Graeme Smith as the One-Day and 20-20 captain. Johan Botha would be a good candidate as his successor. With the ODI World Cup just 10 months away, I would NOT put a national cricket team under a terrible captain like Smith.

  • Sanj747 on May 10, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    SAF are a bunch of no hopers. CAn never perform when it matters. Lots of talk of being number 1 but can never deliver. Beyond choking. Can never get to the stage where they can choke.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 10, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    As usual SA choke. They choked in the field vs Eng and they choked with the bat vs Pak. AB's poor shot highlighted the mental weakness of the team. Pak show how good they can be when they hold their catches because their bowling is very good. If their top order fires (unlikely apart from Butt) they could really go the distance.

  • on May 10, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Really sorry for South African Team, they have good quality of cricket and they are electrifying. But pakistan always beleive in this: WE'RE NOT THE BEST ~ BUT WE CAN BEAT THE BEST :). Now i wish Pakistan go through to the finals as well. Lets just pray for them

  • on May 10, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Now we need to support Pakistani team to raise their confidence

  • Zahidsaltin on May 10, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    Graeme Smith is one of the best captains around but the biggest problem has been him not being in form. It can happen to any one, its happening to Sangakara and its happening to English captain too. You can only put blame on a captain when he makes wrong decisions and thats not the case here. For south Africa, its time to sack Gibs, Dumminy, Boucher for T20 and find an other spin allrounder. Moreover, I think, when smith was not firing, he should have considered sending Albiei Morkel as opner with kalis and should have moved himself down in the middle order.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on May 10, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    I must admit that I was surprised why SA still has Gibbs in the squad. Loots would be better fit in this format and another spinner like Botha (NOT van der Merwe) is what they need. Also is it not about time, Smith looks at the credibility of playing himself in this format? unless AB is incapable of reproducing Smith-like charisma, I think he should be the SA T20 Captain.

    Nonetheless, it is so very remarkable to see Pakistan go through to the semi-finals, they are such and unpredictable side...full of surprise, an enigma if you will and this has made for a very exciting finish to this year's World T20

  • cricket_fan_1980 on May 10, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    It is at times like this that Pakistan's passion and hunger sees them through. SA might begin to be haunted by the image of a resurgent Pakistan side that knocks them out of tournaments at crucial do-or-die moments. This victory for Pakistan reminds me of Imran Khan's cornered tigers speech from the '92 ODI world cup. Everybody knows Pakistan has always had the raw talent and aggression to win and beat the best, if only they could funnel some professionalism and consistency into their side and perform throughout the year. However, I'm not complaining, it is an important win for all Pakistani fans, reminding them that their team still has the charisma and passion to win big games. Well done boys.

  • pareekshith on May 10, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    guess its time for sa to evaluate kallis's and duminy's position in the team. wouldnt mind if they replace boucher for only the 20-20s. the other two i think need to be dropped.

  • proteasfan99 on May 10, 2010, 21:17 GMT

    I agree that Smith is a quality captain but its time for his ODI n T20 axing as he has nothing to show as a captain in these 4marts of the game...I think the S.A selectors should consider putting youngsters in the T20 squad and instead building an era of emphusiasm...Kallis, Smith, Gibbs, Boucher should be given the axe in T20 NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY ARE...Botha or de Villers can captain the squad, with AB getting the gloves for t20 onli..there is no explanation for such an ordinary performance besides lack of desire to win...