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‘Like taking a bitter sip’, says coach Boucher about South Africa’s exit from the T20 World Cup

'Like taking a bitter sip', says coach Boucher about South Africa's exit from the T20 World Cup

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‘Like taking a bitter sip’, says coach Boucher about South Africa’s exit from the T20 World Cup

Sharjah. South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher has said that being out of the T20 World Cup semi-finals due to a low net run rate is like taking a bitter sip. South Africa was a strong contender to qualify for the semi-finals based on their performance in the tournament, but despite winning four of their five matches, the team failed to reach the top four. In their last group match, South Africa beat England by 10 runs, but this was not enough to secure a place in the semi-finals. England and Australia also had eight points each, but both teams made it to the semi-finals thanks to better net run rates.

“It didn’t work because you came out of the World Cup,” Boucher told a post-match press conference. It is like drinking a bitter sip. “I think we played cricket very well throughout the tournament, after losing the first match we played cricket under a lot of pressure,” he said.

Batting first after losing the draw, South Africa had to restrict England to fewer than 130 runs to qualify, but the team was unable to do so. Boucher said: “It is a difficult time for the players in the locker room. We knew what to do today, but the equations were very difficult for us.

He said: “I told the players to try to control only those things that we can control. Unfortunately, we cannot control other results. We did a good job today, but it is not easy to digest. South Africa almost defended a score of 118 out of nine in their first match against Australia, but ultimately suffered their only loss of the tournament. After this, the team had the opportunity to improve their net run rate against Bangladesh. The team, however, took 13.3 overs to chase the 85-run goal. If the team had achieved the goal in eight overs, things could have turned out differently.

Boucher, however, is happy with the team’s good performance in the tournament and believes it will benefit the team. He said: “This team knows that we are on a journey, we are going uphill, we are learning along the way. It is not the best “.

Boucher said: “We will benefit a lot from these matches because, as I said, we play every match under pressure. It’s probably something we haven’t done very well in the past, playing great pressure matches and we’ve done very well in this competition.” After the loss to Australia, they defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the West Indies and England.


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