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AB de Villiers on defeat to Pakistan

De Villiers believes his team lacked the urgency and desire to beat Pakistan.

FILE: South Africa’s batsman AB de Villiers plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 27 February, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas captain AB de Villiers has taken responsibility for his side's 29 run defeat to Pakistan in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The side lost to Pakistan by 29 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method at Eden Park in Auckland.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl Pakistan posted 222 all out in 46.4 overs.

That after two rain delays saw the match reduced to 47 overs a side.

De Villiers believes his team lacked the urgency and desire to beat Pakistan.

The defeat leaves South Africa second in the group, level on points with third and fourth placed Pakistan and Ireland.

De Villiers says he should've encouraged his team to perform better...

"I'd like to think that as a captain who has played for quite a bit that no one should have an issue representing your country. I'm not blaming anyone. I'm not saying anyone didn't have the energy. I didn't feel any electric vibe at the warm-up. That is normally a bit of alarm bell going off for me. And secondly, it is my responsibility to try to get the guys going, which I couldn't, so maybe I should take responsibility for that."

De Villiers says he's team were clearly not up for the game.

"I just could feel that nothing was really happening at a hundred percent. It was almost like a car that's stuck in second or third gear, and that's not going to win you cricket games, especially not under pressure and in big tournaments like this. So we need to have a chat about what maybe went wrong tonight and try to get to fifth gear again against the UAE."

The Proteas skipper however remains confident his side will bounce back from the defeat.

De Villiers says it was merely an off day, which they will recover from.

"If we want to, we can make it really as bad as it is, we can make it worse than it is. I wouldn't say there are any scars unless we create the scars ourselves. I truly believe there is nothing wrong with the batting line-up. Nothing wrong with the cricket team. It's just a matter of pitching up and playing good cricket, and wanting to play good cricket. So I wouldn't say there are any scars. I really believe we can chase down any total at any time. It just didn't happen tonight, and I honestly don't have the answer for you."

South Africa are currently second in Pool B and face the United Arab Emirates in their final group game in Wellington on Thursday.

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