SA vs NEP, T20 WC 2024: South Africa Survive Nepal's Scare With Narrow 1-Run Win To Remain Unbeaten In Group Stage

SA vs NEP, T20 WC 2024: South Africa Survive Nepal's Scare With Narrow 1-Run Win To Remain Unbeaten In Group Stage

After posting a total of 115/7 in 20 overs on the board, South Africa managed to restrict Nepal to 114/7 despite the opponent's good performance with the bat.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Saturday, June 15, 2024, 09:16 AM IST
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South Africa have narrowly edged out Nepal with a thrilling 1-run win in the T20 World Cup Group D match at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent on Saturday, June 15.

After posting a total 115/7 in 20 overs on the board, South Africa managed to restrict Nepal to 114/7 despite good performance with the bat by the opponent. With 8 runs off six balls required for South Africa to defend, pacer Ottneil Baartman was brought into the attack and held his nerves as he conceded just six runs.

The match was on the verge of going into Super Over when Nepal required 2 runs just 1 ball. However, Heinrich Klassen managed to run out Gulshan Jha while he was running towards the non-striker's end and gave a huge sigh of relief for South Africa.

Tabraiz Shamsi led the Proteas' bowling attack as he picked up four wickets while conceding 19 runs in 4 overs. Apart Shamsi, Anrich Nortje and Aiden Markman too contributed to South Africa's bowling by taking a wicket each.

Chasing a 116-run target, Nepal were off to a good start to their innings with openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh forming 35 runs partnership until the former was dismissed for 13. Then, Skipper Rohit Paudel was dismissed for a duck at 35/2.

Aasif Sheikh was joined by Anil Sah at the crease to carry on Nepal's run-chase. The pair formed a crucial 50-run partnership until Anil Sah stay at the crease ended with an innings of 27 off 24 balls. Thereafter, Nepal's batting collapsed as they lost three wickets in Dipendra Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh and Kushal Malla for 15 and they were reduced to 100/6.

Gulshan Jha and Sompal Kami were eyeing to pull off a big upset in the tournament, but their efforts went in vain as Nepal fell just 2 runs short of the target.

Reeza Hendricks and Tristan Stubbs shine for South Africa in first innings

Earlier, Reeza Hendricks and Tristan Stubbs' vital contributions with the bat helped South Africa modest yet decent total of 115/7 in the first innings. Hendrick led the batting from the front with an innings 43 off 49 balls, while Stubbs remained unbeaten on 27 off 18 balls.

Quinton de Kock (10), skipper Aiden Markram (15), Heinrich Klaasen (3) and David Miller (7) failed to contributed with the bat in South Africa's innings as they were dismissed cheaply. Their lack of contributions with the williow resulted in Proteas being restricted below 120 in 20 overs.

Nepal bowling attack was impressive as they challenged strong South Africa with their effective bowling. Khusal Bhurtel and Dipender Singh Airee were the only wicket-takers for the side.

Khusal Bhurtel picked four wickets while conceding 19 runs with an economy rate of 4.80 in 4 overs, while Dipender registered the figures of 3/21 with an economy rate of 5.2 in 4 overs.

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