South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign came to a screeching halt with a stunning 13-run defeat against the Netherlands in their final Super 12 match in Adelaide on Sunday.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards and boss de Lied celebrate their victory over South Africa in Adelaide. A.P
The T20 World Cup saw its latest, and perhaps biggest, Proteas campaign come to a premature end with the Netherlands defeating South Africa by 13 runs in Adelaide on Sunday.
South Africa, who were heavily favored to become the first team from Group 2 to qualify for the semi-finals, failed to chase down the target of 159 runs set by the Dutch, to which the bowlers responded brilliantly. And died on the ball of Temba Baoma. Men strike fear into their ranks throughout their innings.
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The tournament has been one of the biggest upsets of all time – with the West Indies being knocked out by Ireland and Scotland and Namibia beating Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe by one run against Pakistan.
South Africa had never lost a match against a non-Test nation prior to this game, and may already be planning for the semi-finals when a spirited Dutch side, whose only Super 12 victory comes against Zimbabwe on Saturday. Hoi, came from nowhere and stopped them in their tracks.
South Africa’s exit from the tournament not only seals India’s place in the semi-finals, but also makes the match between Bangladesh and Pakistan — taking place at the Adelaide Oval — a virtual quarter-final.
The India-Zimbabwe match, the final Super 12 match of the tournament, will however decide the semi-final matches as a win for the Men in Blue will ensure they top the group and face England in the other semi-final. Thursday.
We now take a look at some of the reactions to South Africa’s shock loss:
I keep trying to convince people that the South African chokers tag is wrong, it’s based on a very small sample.
South Africa has responded by increasing the sample size.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) November 6, 2022
Decided to sleep in for this match as I didn’t want a 2am start. Figured it would be straightforward. What on earth??? Wow, South Africa. Great. Great. #T20WorldCup
— Firdous Munda (@firdousm) November 6, 2022
South Africa wrote another chapter in their almost unbelievably tragic World Cup disaster diary.
Even the match on one ball, Klusner’s run out, NZ panic, DLS tie, Grants knock, this game should be the most twisted and difficult to finish.
SA just lost the World Cup to the Dutch.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) November 6, 2022
Nothing is certain in this world except death, taxes and South Africa in the Cricket World Cup.
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) November 6, 2022
I actually thought the South Africans had a good day.
Myburgh 37(30) and a good catch
Ackerman 41* (26) and 16 for 3 overs
Glover 3/9 for 2
Roelof van der Merwe with one catch of the tournament
Very soon? #T20WorldCup
— Natalie Germanos (@NatalieGermanos) November 6, 2022
To call the result an upset would be a bit unfair. It was a fitting slap. The Netherlands beat South Africa with bat, ball and field and with Roelof van der Merwe’s catch as the moment of the day. #T20WorldCup
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) November 6, 2022
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