“It almost feels like four years ago against New Zealand‚ where we actually played a good game of cricket‚” Du Plessis said.
“I can't fault the game that we played today. We threw everything at New Zealand.
“We were possibly 20 runs short‚ if you're really asking yourself‚ but it was a tough wicket.
“In the field and with the ball the guys tried for 50 overs‚ and that's all I can ask for.
“There was a great intensity. Kane played a great knock‚ you know. It's probably the difference between the two sides‚ just one guy taking it through.”
Kane Williamson‚ Du Plessis’ Kiwi counterpart‚ led from the front with an undefeated 106 and featured in all three of his team’s half-century partnerships.
Williamson was 76 not out when he played at but appeared to miss Imran Tahir’s last delivery of the match.
Quinton de Kock took the ball cleanly but the South Africans did not appeal — and technology showed Williamson had edged a catch into De Kock’s gloves.
“I think I was at long-on at the time‚ and ‘Quinny’ is the closest to the action; he's always my go to man‚” Du Plessis said.
“I just thought it was a plain miss. I just heard about it now at the post-match [presentation] that he said he had a nick on it.
“But even Kane said he didn't know he had a ‘fainty’ on it.”
South Africa will try to pick up the pieces against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday‚ and Du Plessis urged his side’s supporters not to give up hope.
“The guys are fighting; that's all I can say.
“I know South African people are very passionate‚ and they're obviously probably a little bit angry at the moment‚ and rightly so.
“As a team‚ we take that on the chin. We're not pointing fingers anywhere else.”