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We could easily have been 3-0 up: Smith

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Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 12:21 [IST]
 
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We could easily have been 3-0 up: Smith

South African captain Graeme Smith is hoping that his team will get their act together for the remaining one-dayers as they won't be burdened with the worry of whether they've made it to the nation's World Cup squad.

The Proteas lost two close matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town after their comprehensive win in the first ODI in Durban. Though down 1-2 in the five-match series, Smith is hopeful of turning the series around.

"Hopefully it (World Cup squad announcement) frees up a lot of players and makes them play with the sort of freedom in the next few games," Smith said before South Africa's World Cup squad was announced.

On not being able to claim victory in the last two encounters, Smith said: "I keep reiterating the same point. The margins have been so small in the last two games, we could easily be 2-1 up or 3-0 up. Just got to keep training hard and keep doing the right things and hopefully the things will kick into place."

Smith admitted that they were 20 runs short of a competitive total at the Newlands Stadium here on Tuesday.

"I think 220 gave us a chance. The wicket was very difficult to bat on, had sort of plates on it and its two-paced nature made strokes very difficult. It also had up and down bounce. But we were really hoping for 240. JP (Duminy) and Faf du Plessis played well together to take us to a decent total. Our powerplay was poor again; we lost JP and Faf within two overs and we only got 19 run in our last six overs," he said.

South Africa next take on India at Port Elizabeth for the fourth ODI on Friday, Jan 21 and then for the tour-finale at Centurion on Sunday, Jan 23. One more win would take India to their first ever ODI series victory in the Rainbow Nation.

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