LONDON – It took nine games for a South African batsman to score a 2019 Cricket World Cup century but by then their earlier struggles had already taken its toll.
Faf du Plessis’ knock against Australia allowed those around him to chip in especially Rassie van der Dussen, whose valiant attempt to reach three figures was thwarted on the boundary rope with the final ball of the innings.
The Proteas progressed past 300 for just the second time in the process. It was a match that showed this team, as a collective, are not as weak as many think but also, that in the 50-over format, you do need individual success.
Rohit Sharma for India and David Warner for Australia are proof of that.
The lack of runs combined with a weakened bowling effort saw South Africa put in their worst ever performance at the global showpiece as they limped out in seventh place.