Cricket-Boucher says South Africa deserve better after World Cup exit

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MELBOURNE, Nov 6 (Reuters) - South Africa person themselves to blasted for a disappointing 13-run nonaccomplishment to the Netherlands connected Sunday which eliminated them from the Twenty20 World Cup and the squad deserves better, caput manager Mark Boucher said.

Chasing 159 for triumph astatine the Adelaide Oval, South Africa's top-order failed to physique connected starts and they finished with 145-8 successful 20 overs to nonstop India done to the semi-finals and guarantee Pakistan's clash with Bangladesh became a virtual knockout.

Pakistan won by 5 wickets to scope the semi-finals.

"It's disappointing to person an exit similar this with this peculiar squad due to the fact that I judge we merit amended arsenic a squad. We've got ourselves to blame, but yeah, I deliberation our T20 broadside is successful a bully position," Boucher told reporters.

The South Africans person struggled to shed their long-held estimation arsenic "chokers" successful large matches successful one-day cricket, but Boucher said they were not unsocial successful suffering an upset successful the tourney successful Australia.

"This clip astir if you would person said to america we've got Netherlands to play to get into a semi-final and we've got to bushed them, we would person taken that astatine the commencement of the tournament," the erstwhile wicketkeeper said.

"But these things happen. It's not the lone upset that's happened successful the tournament."

Boucher, who confirmed successful September that helium would measurement down aft the World Cup and instrumentality complaint of the Mumbai Indians successful the 2023 Indian Premier League, said it was 1 of his worst defeats.

"It's rather frustrating due to the fact that arsenic a subordinate you tin astatine slightest inactive person a accidental successful the game," Boucher said.

"As a coach, you're benignant of near to permission it up to different individuals to spell retired determination and effort and perform. Certainly arsenic a coach, yeah, it's up there."

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar successful Bengaluru

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