• Proteas gear up for vital clash

    Farhaan Behardien says South Africa won’t change too much as they head to Durban for the must-win final ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday.

    South Africa were humiliated in Potchefstroom on Sunday after losing to the Black Caps by eight wickets. A below-par score of 204 was easily chased down by the touring side inside 45 overs with Martin Guptill hitting 103 after being dropped three times.

    ‘I don’t think anything will change for the last game,’ Behardien said. ‘We’ll try and play the best game we can.

    ‘We have been a bit off par and we go to Durban scrapping for a series. We need to come to the party and bring our A game. We’ve got to take a hard look at ourselves, we haven’t covered ourselves in glory. Dropping Martin Guptill three times was unacceptable.’

    Behardien was the only batsman who toughed it out on a slow pitch and was rewarded with a well played 70, but he said he wasn’t disappointed in missing out on a hundred.

    ‘I would have taken a duck if it meant we won,’ he said. ‘We didn’t get the the target we wanted and I’m disappointed that I didn’t bat until the 50th over. I pride myself on batting until the end and not doing that was more disappointing than missing out on three figures.

    ‘Personally I feel very confident. I trained really well in the off-season with Rob Walter at the Titans and I have enjoyed these last few games; I quite enjoy the tough situations.’

    Captain AB de Villiers said his team didn’t have enough runs on the board.

    ‘Things didn’t go our way. We were 50 runs short of a competitive total but we didn’t have enough partnerships, which put a lot of pressure on our middle order.

    ‘We lost vital wickets between overs 35 and 50 which prevented us from kicking on and would probably have got us to 250 and a very competitive total.’

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