South Africa's AB de Villiers offered no excuses after defeat by England
South Africa's AB de Villiers offered no excuses after the defeat by England in their Champions Trophy semi-final.
Last Updated: 19/06/13 10:49pm
The result, which extends their record in tournament semi-finals to just one win in nine, was never seriously in doubt despite a late flurry from the tail-enders.
They recovered from 80-8 as David Miller (56no) and Rory Kleinveldt (43) added 95 for the ninth wicket but Jonathan Trott (82no) ensured the hosts passed their target of 175 with 12 overs to spare.
"Credit to the England bowlers but we've only got ourselves to blame," said De Villiers. "We didn't play well and we were under press from the word 'go'.
"David Miller played very well and he and Rory gave us a chance at the end but it's not good enough. I'm proud of them, we probably would have been bowled out for 100 without them.
"There are no excuses, we believe we had the talent to win this tournament but it didn't work out that way. It's bitterly disappointing - we didn't play well enough, it's as simple as that."