Tuesday 25 March 2014 

Video - Du Plessis, Guptill On South Africa Win

South African captain Faf du Plessis and New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill give their reactions to South Africa's two-run win over the Black Caps in Group 1 of the ICC World Twenty20.

A brilliant spell of bowling from Dale Steyn, who finished with figures of four for 17, helped the Proteas take their first win of the tournament.

New Zealand had looked to be on course for victory but failed to hit the seven runs they required from the final over.

Du Plessis, who missed South Africa's five-run defeat to Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury, was full of praise for Steyn's performance at the end of the game.

"Because Dale (Steyn) has bowled so well tonight I did have the confidence in the back of my mind - anything under eight (runs) would be tough," he said.

"But I would back Dale, if it was close, to do it...his plans were really good, and then we got it down to seven which was a little bit less than I would've liked it.

"But when you start like that, with three dot balls, then you feel like you are right back in it.

"And then it was just a case of making sure that Ross Taylor stays off strike and we did exactly that and I think he faced the last two balls."

Taylor, who scored 62 in 37 balls, was finally run out - by a triumphant Steyn - off the final ball and Guptill says that it was a game that his side should have won.

"From needing seven off six balls, we should've really won that and we let that one get away," he said.

"So for the next game, if we get ourselves in that sort of situation, then we need to be a bit smarter in our decision making and get the guy that is on 60-odd on strike and going really well."

He added that the dismissal of captain Brendon McCullum was a key blow for them.

"Obviously, he is a world-class player in this format and to lose him cheaply was disappointing but the way Ross (Taylor) came in and really took control of the situation and saw it right through to the end is very pleasing for us and shows how good form he is in."

Both sides have now played two matches, winning one and losing one as the battle to reach the semi-finals continues.

South Africa play the Netherlands on Thursday (27th March), a match they will be expected to win, while New Zealand take on the Dutch two days later.

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