‘Hollow’ feeling after Proteas beat Sri Lanka

‘Hollow’ feeling after Proteas beat Sri Lanka

Has winning a World Cup match ever meant so little for the Proteas?

South Africa vs Sri Lanka / Twitter (Cricket World Cup)
South Africa vs Sri Lanka / Twitter (Cricket World Cup)

Their resounding nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Chester-Le-Street was a painful reminder of just how potent this team can be.

Dwaine Pretorius who replaced Lungi Ngidi was the stand-out bowler with figures of 3-25 while Chris Morris’s continued his good form, grabbing three scalps of his own.

In response, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis (96*) and Hashim Amla (80*) put on a 175-run partnership to guide South Africa to an easy win in the end. 

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Du Plessis said the victory left a ‘hollow' feeling.

“It's great winning, obviously, but it is very, very bittersweet because you know that we've let a lot of people down and that was never the plan,” Du Plessis said.

“I think when you go back, there will still be that hollow feeling of stuff that could have been in this tournament,” he added.

Du Plessis says the World Cup is more competitive than it has ever been before, adding that small margins have been their overall downfall.

“The crazy thing about this World Cup, it's been a remarkable tournament where different teams on their day can beat anyone, and it shows you that if you are not on top of your game, in international cricket, the margins are so small,” Du Plessis concluded.

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