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Jan 17, 2011 at 05:41pm IST

'Poor shot selection cost us the match'

Johannesburg: Chasing a paltry 190, South Africa squandered a great chance to take a 2-0 lead in the series after slumping to a narrow one-run loss against India in the second ODI and captain Graeme Smith said it was poor shot selection that cost his side the match.

Smith, who led from the front in South Africa's run chase on Saturday with a fluent 77 off 98 balls, was of the view that the Wanderers pitch was not suitable for stroke-making and the batters needed to apply themselves to score runs.

"I think it was not a free-flowing wicket. It was not easy to play shots on this wicket. The ball was stopping and coming, especially the change of pace deliveries. You need a solid performance to win this type of match and not personal glory," he said at the post-match press conference.

Poor shot selection cost us the match : Smith

Graeme Smith said it was poor shot selection that cost his side the match.

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