The captain of the South African Cricket Team Ab De Villiers feels that they would have fought till the end and it would have been a tight finish if the rain had not intervened in their first One-Day International (ODI) game against England at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
South Africa were chasing a target of 400, after England scored 399/9 in 50 overs. Quinton De Kock was playing a brilliant knock and was still going strong on 138 not out with Farhaan Behardien on 4 not out, as South Africa were 250/5 in 33.3 overs and needed 150 runs off 99 balls.
Rain intervened and the hosts were 39 runs behind (D/L) par score, but De Villiers feels that their run rate was right up there and even though England were favourites, they would have gone very close and they also showed England that they can also fight well.
The skipper also feels that his wicket was the turning point and it was a close call when the catch was taken on the boundary by Ben Stokes. De Villiers had hit the shot well and it could been a six, but Stokes caught it and was very close to the boundary line.
The boundary line had gone back due to the wind and if it had stayed on the actual place, Stokes may have touched the rope. De Villiers feels that if that had gone for a six and he had stayed at the wicket for some more time, the result could have gone their way.