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Pollock rues late wickets
Shaun Pollock
Pollock saw plenty of reasons to be positive
South Africa captain Shaun Pollock praised the Windies' batting display after their nail-biting three-run win in the opening match of the World Cup.

Pollock said the game could have gone either way but the West Indies' finishing was much stronger.

They hit a magnificent 278-5 in their 50 overs, which included 116 from Brian Lara.

We lost two wickets in the final over, it could have gone either way
Shaun Pollock

In reply, South Africa fell just short despite a barnstorming 57 off 38 balls from Lance Klusener.

Pollock said: "It all started off pretty well.

"In the first 10 overs of the day we restricted them but the difference was the way they finished off their innings.

"We lost two wickets in the final over, it could have gone either way."


He offered no defence regarding the slow over-rate which cost South Africa an over, and ultimately the game.

Pollock said: "It was a matter of seconds but we knew the rules and we knew we could do nothing about it."

South Africa have three days off before their next game against Kenya on Wednesday.



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