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Coach wants SA to "show more guts"

South Africa coach Eric Simons said his players needed to adjust quickly and show some resolve after losing the opening one-dayer on Friday.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2003 15:20 IST

South Africa coach Eric Simons said his players needed to adjust quickly and show some resolve after losing the opening limited-overs cricket international by eight runs against Pakistan.

"We need to get up there and show some guts," Simons told reporters Saturday on the eve of the second day-night game at the Gaddafi Stadium.

In the series opener, Pakistan restricted South Africa to 269 for six in reply to its 277 for six off 50 overs, despite Boeta Dippenaar's (110) maiden unbeaten century.

"The issues of lack of preparations, demands of traveling and then trying to adjust to the conditions, all those factors come into reckoning but it was still disappointing to lose from such a position," said Simons.

The Proteas arrived in Pakistan Tuesday and have to play five one-day internationals in 10 days before taking on Pakistan in the two-Test series.

South Africa was in front when openers Dippenaar and captain Graeme Smith put on 138 runs before Shoaib Akhtar claimed four wickets for 49 runs.

"We started playing big shots a bit late. We should have kept them under 250. So all these mistakes we made at the end of our bowling would be analyzed," Simons said.

The visitors badly missed Herschelle Gibbs, who was ruled out with stomach problem.

"He (Gibbs) will undergo a fitness test later today," South African media manager Gerald de Kock told The Associated Press.

Smith also developed cramps during his innings of 71 runs Friday night, but de Kock said that the South African captain has recovered and will be fit for the second match.

Shoaib Malik's whirlwind 82 off 41 balls disrupted South Africa's plans of restricting Pakistan total as the 21-year-old allrounder took 42 runs in the last two overs — bowled by Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis.

Simons said his team lost its way by the 30th over when it was 147 for two — still needing 131 runs for victory. "You can't leave that many runs while chasing in the subcontinent conditions when the ball starts reverse swinging," he said.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the victory would raise the confidence of his team.

"The victory has certainly given us a big psychological edge," Inzamam said.

"We didn't panic despite the fact that South Africa got off to a flying start. I knew once we got the breakthrough we could restrict them.

"Bowling is obviously our strength and Shoaib (Akhtar) did a wonderful job, which helped us in taking early lead in the series."

Pakistan (from): Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmad, Faisal Iqbal and Salman Butt.

South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Alan Dawson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams.

Umpires: Darrell Hair, Australia, Nadeem Ghauri, Pakistan.

TV umpire: Asad Rauf.

Match referee: Clive, Lloyd, West Indies.

First Published: Oct 04, 2003 15:20 IST