COLOMBO - South Africa skipper AB de Villiers tool blame for the team’s two-wicket loss to Pakistan in a pulsating World Twenty20 Super Eights game in Colombo on Friday.

Batting first, South Africa could only manage 133 for 6 in 20 overs but looked to have sealed the match after reducing Pakistan to 76 for 7. But Umar Akmal made an unbeaten 43 and Umar Gul struck 32 off just 17 balls as Pakistan won with two balls to spare.

De Villiers chose to go with the pacers towards the end of the innings rather than using Jean Paul Duminy (1-5) and Botha (1-10), both of whom had only bowled two overs in the match.

“It was great game of cricket. I’m proud of the way we fought back. We lost it in the last five overs,” de Villiers said. “Captaincy wise one or two errors there, but I’m proud of the boys,” de Villiers said referring to his decision to under bowl Duminy and Botha.

Pakistan skipper M Hafeez was delighted with Gul’s effort with the bat, which earned the pace bowler the man of the match award.

“The boys played great cricket. We played a couple of bad shots but it was a great team effort. I knew that Gul could hit it hard. This is a good sign that everybody is contributing. We did well to restrict South Africa but in the end Pakistan was lucky to get this”.