Cardiff: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers was a relieved man after his side secured a semifinal berth in the Champions Trophy as this time the Proteas managed to read correctly the Duckworth/Lewis sheet.
     
"We have been on the losing side of things like this. Luckily the par score was on the scoreboard all the time. It was in the back of our mind and we were aware of the equation," said de Villiers at the post-match presentation ceremony.
     
South Africa barely managed to secure a semifinal berth despite their Group 'B' match against the West Indies ending in a tie under the D/L method.
     
Interestingly, during the 1999 World Cup tie against Australia, the South Africans had failed to read correctly the Duckworth/Lewis method when they had the match all but won at Edgbaston.
     
De Villiers said his side played well against the West Indies but fickle weather made it difficult for his bowlers to adjust to the conditions.
    
 "The ball was getting wet. It was tough on our bowlers. We needed to be calm and we were. We played really good cricket most of the time. We batted well but we were aware West Indies have strong batting. Dale Steyn looked really good, bowling with a lot of heat. And just glad he held on to that catch in the end," said the captain.

(Agencies)

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