South Africa was amazed by the The Netherlands by 13 runs in their Super 12 final to be eliminated from the group stage of the T20 showpiece.
“Tough one to swallow. We had the confidence and belief in ourselves as a unit to make the playoffs,” a disappointed Bavuma said at the post-match presentation.
With a fiery pace attack, South Africa only had to beat minnows Netherlands to make the cut.
But their shock defeat gave Pakistan and Bangladesh a lifeline as they fight for the second semi-finals of Group 2. The result also sealed India’s last four spot ahead of their final Group 2 game against Zimbabwe.
“Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t do that. Winning the toss and bowling what they got was not ideal. We lost wickets at crucial times. They used the dimensions of the pitch much better than us. , ” he added .
South Africa does not have the ‘chokers tag’ by mere chance. South Africa are always the favorites before the tournament and have yet to reach the final of a World Cup event.
They lost twice in the semi-finals at the T20 World Cup – 2009 and 2014.
In the EDI World Cupthey have lost in the last four on four occasions — 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015.
Dutch skipper Scott Edwards were “speechless” after claiming their first ever win against South Africa in any format.
“Lost for words … It’s going to take some time … We’re kind of used to those conditions,” he said.
“It’s definitely up there – another big upset for the Netherlands in a World Cup… We were still playing for a place in the next World Cup.”
It was the Netherlands’ second win in the Super 12 stage after defeating Zimbabwe by five wickets earlier.