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de Villiers says players have “sore hearts”


South Africa captain AB de Villiers says his players have “sore hearts” after they lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup.

South Africa was beaten by four wickets as New Zealand reached their Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 298 with only one ball to spare in Auckland.

De Villiers scored 65 not out as his side made 281-5 in a 43-over match.

He said “It was an amazing game. We’re hurting and it will take us a long time to get over this. We play for the people back home, hopefully the passion we showed made a difference and people can still be proud of us. I couldn’t ask for anything more, we left it all out on the field. It is really painful – we go away with sore hearts.”

Asked whether the fact he had played in one of the World Cup’s greatest games had been any consolation, a tearful De Villiers said it doesn’t make him feel better at all.

This was South Africa’s fourth World Cup semi-final defeat after previous losses in 1992, 1999 and 2007.