USA vs SA, T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa Hold Nerves To Clinch 18-Run Win Over United States In Antigua Thriller

USA vs SA, T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa Hold Nerves To Clinch 18-Run Win Over United States In Antigua Thriller

Opener Quinton de Kock delivered a fiery half-century, partnering with captain Aiden Markram for a 110-run stand, as South Africa triumphed over the USA by 18 runs in their initial Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday.

Rohan SenUpdated: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 11:37 PM IST
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USA vs SA Match Result:

South Africa secured an 18-run victory over the USA in their first Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup, thanks to an explosive half-century by Quinton de Kock. De Kock blasted 74 off 40 balls, forming a vital 110-run partnership with captain Aiden Markram, who scored 46 off 32 balls. This helped South Africa set a formidable total of 194 for 4 in their 20 overs.

Kagiso Rabada led the South African bowling attack, taking 3 wickets for just 18 runs, restricting the USA to 176 for 6. Despite Andries Gous's unbeaten 80 off 47 balls and Harmeet Singh's 38 runs, the USA fell short.

For the USA, left-arm pacer Saurabh Netravalkar and spinner Harmeet Singh each took two wickets. However, they couldn't stop South Africa's strong batting lineup, with Heinrich Klaasen (36 not out) and Tristan Stubbs (20) contributing significantly.

7.35 pm - South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

United States XI): Shayan Jahangir, Steven Taylor, Andries Gous(w), Aaron Jones(c), Nitish Kumar, Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Nosthush Kenjige, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar

7.33 pm - United States captain Aaron Jones wins the toss and elects to bowl first against South Africa in North Sound, Antigua.

Pitch Report

Shaun Pollock: "67m and 61m square boundaries and 74m straight down the ground. Wind is coming across the ground so it will assist hitting to the short boundary." 

Waqar Younis: "It doesn't give a really good look. Games played here have been low scoring. Pacers have to stay back of a length because you get some extra bounce as well. I think Nortje will have good success. Spinners have to pitch it up and spin the ball. There is some debris in some parts so the ball will spin."

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