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South Africa cricketers did not live up to expectations, says coach Ottis Gibson

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said that the Proteas cricketers were unable to perform according to their potentials and as a result, they lost the ongoing ODI series to India.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2018 11:40 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Port Elizabeth
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South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said that the Proteas batsmen were the reason behind their series loss against India.(AFP)

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson blamed his batsmen for the series loss to India. The Proteas went down to India by 73 runs to trail 1-4 in the six-match series with one match to go. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Gibson said he was positive despite the team missing some of its stars. (SCORECARD)

“I thought at the halfway stage we gave ourselves a very good chance to keep ourselves in the series. We came this afternoon very optimistic that the series was still there to be drawn. To bowl them out for 270-odd was a great effort from the bowlers, and we let ourselves down with the bat. There’s not a lot more to say than that. It’s something we have been talking about for five games now. We showed at the Wanderers that we can play better than we have done, but tonight was disappointing.”

Gibson said that although he has a set of players who he believes are capable of winning and can adapt to certain conditions, they just didn’t live up to the expectations.

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“You want to have a group of players who can adapt to certain conditions and play accordingly. We know we have those players but they haven’t produced it in this series, which is disappointing. The way we have played as a group at certain times has been disappointing but especially tonight because there was still a lot to play for in the series,” he added.

“To be fair we were 50 for none and we lost a wicket with four balls to go in the PowerPlay to their best bowler. Bumrah has been their fast bowler all summer. We lost a couple more shortly thereafter and that set us back. Hash worked really hard to try and rebuild but every time we rebuilt we lost wickets. With the four bowlers, we needed our best six or seven batsmen to bat the bulk of the overs and they weren’t able to do that tonight.”

Asked why the hosts have struggled to get the Indian top order batsmen out, Gibson said that they haven’t controlled the length.

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“The Indian top order is very experienced and they’ve played well. They’ve seen off the new ball or been able to score freely. We haven’t been able to hold the length very well. I keep saying to the bowlers that in order to control the scoring rate you have to control your length. Otherwise you can’t stop batsmen from scoring, and we’ve not been able to control length as well as we should be doing at this level and that’s allowed them to score quite freely at times.

“We succumbed quite easily tonight, to be bowled out in 42 overs is very disappointing from a batting point of view. Even with the bowling there were some soft boundaries, which has gone on the whole series. So just a bit more fight with the bat.”

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 09:15 IST