Following a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their penultimate 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match on Friday, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis admitted the victory came a “little bit too late”.
"Long time coming hey. It was a good game, we did ourselves justice with the talent we have in that dressing room. Set up by a good bowling performance. Dwaine [Pretorius] was exceptional. We've been trying to get him into the XI, but it's a balance thing,” said the South African skipper after the match.
"The nature of the wicket told me it needed to be straight lines with the ball, and that's why I brought Dwaine and Andile [Phehlukwayo] on early.
"Line and length was harder to face than pace on that wicket. (This win) feels bittersweet. It doesn't feel like it means that much. It's a little bit too late.”
Du Plessis added, “"But the basics of batting were shown today. We haven't had guys batting through, and big partnerships, but that was the case today. One big partnership, and suddenly everything seems so much easier," he said.
"[Losing to] Bangladesh was the one that really took the wind out of our sails. England were too good for us on that day.
"Bangladesh really sucker-punched us in the stomach, and then we took that into the next game, the first week really set us back, but we can't use that as an excuse."