South Africa's stand-in captain AB de Villiers expressed his disappointment following the five-run defeat to Sri Lanka here yesterday and believed that his side had not given their hundred per cent on the field.
"Very disappointing, they certainly got 15 runs too many. We were very poor on the field. They ran two to us on too many occasions. We lost wickets at bad times. I got out at a bad time. When you lose wickets at the wrong time you lose the game, as simple as that," said de Villiers in the post-match press conference.
"Unfortunately, we were nowhere near a hundred per cent. I don't mind losing games where we put up a hundred per cent, but we just weren't good enough today," he added.
Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera who hit a 40-ball 61 was deemed player-of-the-match. He was on form right from the start, smacking Dale Steyn for two fours and a six in the first over.
"He is a dangerous player. Probably caught Dale by a surprise in the first few deliveries, going after him, he probably didn't expect that," remarked de Villiers.
Off-spinner Sachitra Senanayake believed that the two months of cricket that Sri Lanka played here prior to the World Cup played a key role.
"We have been here for the last two months and we also won the series. So we want to keep the momentum going. We have been in good touch. The wickets are a bit different, they didn't turn much and there was bounce. But we managed it well," said Sachitra.