AB: We just weren’t good enough

Proteas lost to Pakistan by 23 runs in the first ODI at Newlands.

Proteas ODI captain AB De Villiers. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas lost to Pakistan by 23 runs in the first One Day International (ODI) on Sunday at Newlands.

Pakistan posted 218/9 and Dale Steyn took three wickets.

The Proteas struggled, but Jacques Kallis made 50 runs and took two wickets while JP Duminy made 49 with the rest failing to perform after being bowled out for 195.

Captain AB de Villiers has conceded that this was one of their worst performances.

"I was very confident going into the match, I thought we have been playing some good cricket, making good steps in the right direction. And today was unfortunate that we went backward again, so it was a very disappointing result. We just weren't good enough."

De Villiers says they did little right and complacency might have crept in.

"The urgency wasn't really there on the field in the last 10 to 15 overs, maybe because the sun got to us a little bit, but overall it was a disappointing performance."

De Villiers says Kallis is as hungry as ever to play after a successful return to the squad.

"The thing I'm most pleased about is his energy and hunger to play for the country. It was nice to see a guy at his age and with his kind of experience, to come with a lot of hunger to play, and willpower to perform for the team."

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq commended the youngsters in his team.

Anwar Ali scored an unbeaten 43, while Bilawal Bhatti made 39, a crucial partnership at the end of Pakistan's innings which helped them to the victory.

Misbah said he was pleased with his team's resilience.

"There's always something special, we were really happy that we won two games after a horrible series in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The team responded well and the young stars really performed well for the team."

Misbah says Ali and Bhatti stepped up superbly.

"They took responsibility right in the first game when the team needed them to deliver with both bat and ball. So that's a good challenge for Pakistan and that's one thing we were really missing."

The second ODI is on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth.