Faf du Plessis says he couldn’t have asked for any more from his side after they slipped to a narrow defeat against New Zealand at the World Cup.

In the first truly close game of the tournament, South Africa went down by four wickets, with just three balls remaining at Edgbaston.

An extremely disappointed Du Plessis also gave credit to New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, whose century was the difference between the two teams.

The result almost certainly confirmed South Africa’s exit from the tournament, although they have three games still to play.

The current top four teams, New Zealand, England, Australia and India are the likely semi-finalists.

“We actually played a good game of cricket. I can’t fault the game that we played today. We threw everything at New Zealand, possibly 20 runs short if you really harsh on yourself, but it was a really tough wicket. In the field and with the ball, you know the guys tried for 50 overs, and that’s all I can ask for. There was a great intensity,” says Du Plessis.