Smith - Not good enough
South Africa skipper refuses to make excuses after Caribbean exit
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: May 10, 2010 10:43pm
Smith: No excuses
South Africa captain Graeme Smith admitted his team simply "weren't good enough" after they were unceremoniously dumped out of the ICC World Twenty20.
Defeat to Pakistan signalled the end for the Proteas, who finished the Super Eights stage with just one win - over New Zealand - from their three fixtures.
The margin of their latest reverse was just 11 runs in St Lucia, however Smith failed to defend his players after the match.
Speaking to Sky Sports 1, he said: "I guess you run out of excuses. We were just not good enough again and it's very, very disappointing."
Pakistan set South Africa a target of 149 at the Beausejour Stadium, but they quickly slipped to 23-2 as Smith went for 13, and never caught up with the required run rate.
"Today we got strangled a bit with the bat," Smith added. "We bowled pretty well to restrict Pakistan, but we were tense with the bat and lacked fluency and positivity.
"AB (De Villiers, who scored 53) was the only one who really played.
"That's been the story of our tournament. We've struggled to get all three disciplines together in one game.
"You always say you've got to learn your lessons. You have to say, with the talent in South Africa, it's not good enough to perform at this level."
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi praised his players for the way they fought back after being reduced to 18-3 early in their innings.
Akmal brothers Kamran (37 off 33 balls) and Umar (51 off 33) launched a spirited counter-attack with a 51-partnership for the fouth wicket
Afridi then chipped in with a quickfire 50 to fire the defending champions to a competitive, and ultimately winning, total.
"The boys performed really well. In the beginning it was not a good start, but then Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and myself, those partnerships were good and 140-150 is a good total on this track," he added.
"I always believe a captain's performance is very important."