Proteas skipper AB de Villiers hopes his batsmen execute better when they hunt for an opening win in the Tri-Nations tournament in the Caribbean against Australia tomorrow (7pm).

South Africa slumped from 130/2 to 188 all out in their first ODI match as they lost to hosts West Indies by four wickets on Friday night.

AB says that they lost their way with the bat, with Rilee Rossouw top-scoring with 61, and that cost them.

He says: “It’s a disappointing loss. Definitely, in the last 10 to 12 overs with the bat in hand we lost our way a bit.

“I thought we set it up exceptionally well and the communication was that 220-plus would be a winning score. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get there.”

De Villiers, though, believes that they assessed the conditions well in Providence, where they face the world champions from Down Under.

He adds: The wickets in Guyana will be slow. It’s important for us to adapt, which I think they did well. With a lot of slower balls.

“It will be important to assess things for the Australia game.

“It’s still a long way to go. It’s not the time to be more aggressive and try to get a bonus point, we just have to try and win a game of cricket.

“So come [today] we will just try to play the best game we can... assess the conditions well and try to execute better.”