Sana Mir upset with batting, du Preez glad to qualify
South Africa captain says handling pressure is on the agenda for her team after securing qualification for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014
Mignon Du Preez feels her team is up there with the best teams.
Pakistan fought hard through its bowlers, but with the batters hardly putting any runs on the board to defend, South Africa managed to beat Pakistan in the qualifier for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014. South Africa thus secured a berth in the tournament, while Pakistan will have to go through the qualifiers next year.
“We are very glad that we have qualified. It was definitely our goal for today. If we couldn’t get in the semi-finals we wanted to ensure we got qualification for 2014. I am very happy and I am very proud of the way the girls batted in the last over,” said Mignon du Preez, the South African captain.
Talking about the stutter in the middle, when Pakistan threatened to stop South Africa on its tracks, du Preez said, “Pakistan bowled very well and put us under pressure but they also wanted it very badly and it turned out to be a very good game of cricket. I am just glad that we came out on top.”
“Our skills are definitely up there with the best teams and we just need to make sure that when we are in tough situations we don’t panic under pressure,” said du Preez.
Sana Mir, the Pakistan captain, expressed her disappointment with the result. “The batting once again let us down. It is the responsibility of the batters to improve, as bowlers cannot again and again defend totals that are lower than 100 runs. We have to get together and see our weaknesses and need to ensure we score at least 120 runs if we are going to win matches on a regular basis,” said Mir.
“The bowling has been exceptional. I think we have got one of the best bowling sides that I have seen over here. The fielding needs to improve a little bit more and the batting has to take more responsibility,” added Mir.
“This World Cup has been mixed for us,” said Mir. “We won our first warm-up game and we had never won a warm-up game at this tournament before. We then won our first T20 match at a World Cup and we had never beaten India from 1975 up till now so that was a big high for us.”