Proteas living on hope and a prayer

The Proteas still have hope of staying in the World Twenty20 World Cup.


CAPE TOWN - The Proteas are still alive at the World Twenty20 World Cup, but only just.

South Africa suffered an 8-wicket defeat to Australia on Saturday, and now rely on other results to determine whether or not they reach the semifinals.

India did the Proteas a favour by beating Pakistan at the weekend, but they still need Australia to beat Pakistan on Tuesday and then beat India with a healthy margin on Tuesday afternoon - to qualify based on net run rate.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers hinted at team changes at the weekend.

"We'll have to try a few other combinations. We know we have to beat India convincingly on Tuesday, if we want to have a chance."

De Villiers said the Proteas were not a team that gave up easily.

"We'll come back and try and improve. We have to improve. "

The skipper added it was not a case of 'choking' against the Aussies, saying he thought they had a fair chance to beat them.

He said they were simply "outplayed".

"We tried really hard, and got there a little bit towards the end."

De Villiers added that they had chances to stop Shane Watson.

"We got close with Watson, which was the game breaker at the end of the day.

[But] unfortunately, we couldn't get him out.

"We created a few opportunities, I thought we bowled pretty well for him, but we didn't take those opportunities."