World Cup 2019: It wasn't an ideal performance from us, says Du Plessis

South Africa suffered its second consecutive loss at the World Cup, going down to Bangladesh by 21 runs at The Oval.

Du Plessis: "At the 40-over mark, I looked up at the screen and we were at the same stage, but we lost it in the last five overs."   -  getty images

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis regretted losing the plot in the death overs after his team's second successive defeat at the World Cup on Sunday.

Needing 331 to win, South Africa was conveniently placed at 228/5 in 40 overs before the Bangladesh bowlers triggered a mini collapse which saw the Proteas lose three wickets for 59, succumbing to a 21-run defeat.

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"At the 40-over mark, I looked up at the screen and we were at the same stage, but we lost it in the last five overs. It is definitely not getting easier for us, we are firing at about 50-60 per cent today and it shows that even Bangladesh can beat us with only that," Du Plessis said at the post match presentation.

South Africa seamer Lungi Ngidi, who left the field after bowling just four overs, pulled his hamstring and did not bowl again at The Oval. And Du Plessis said an injury to one of the pace spearheads, in the initial stages of the contest, 'wasn't ideal'. "Obviously today didn't go according to plan. Lungi getting injured at the start wasn't ideal. 330 wasn't par, and all in all it wasn't ideal from us.

"The thinking at the toss was assuming that there would be a lot of pace and bounce against a sub-continental side. But in hindsight, we would have changed that. To go for that many runs, even without Lungi, wasn't ideal," Du Plessis remarked.