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South Africa Advances to T20 World Cup Semis with Thrilling Win


ICC World Cup  •  24 Jun, 2024  •  28,070 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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South Africa clinched a nerve-wracking victory over West Indies to advance to the semi-finals, overcoming rain and a challenging target. Their performance in this match showcased their skill and tenacity and highlighted their ability to handle pressure in crucial moments. This win was achieved via the DLS method, a testament to their adaptability in a rain-affected contest.

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South Africa Triumphs in Rain-Shortened Match

T20 World Cup 2024, West Indies vs South Africa Highlights: South Africa  Beat West Indies In Rain-Hit Thriller To Enter Semis | Cricket News
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In a rain-affected contest, South Africa chased down a difficult target to secure their spot in the semi-finals of the men's T20 World Cup 2024. This crucial win, which eliminated the co-hosts, West Indies, from the tournament, was a significant achievement. Topping their Super Eight group, South Africa also managed to avoid a semi-final clash with India, a formidable opponent. The question on everyone's mind is whether this could be their breakthrough moment.

All signs suggest a change in luck for a team long denied an ICC trophy. South Africa is now winning games they might have previously lost, showing the same gritty determination as their rugby counterparts, the Springboks. Their newfound resilience has taken them to the T20 World Cup knockouts for the first time in ten years. This transformation is evident in their ability to win matches under pressure and adapt to challenging conditions, much like their rugby team's recent successes.

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Markram's Leadership and Spin Strategy Shine

World Cup: Aiden Markram's rollercoaster journey from a deflated young man  to South Africa's mainstay | Cricket-world-cup News - The Indian Express
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When South Africa last made it to the final four in 2014, Aiden Markram led the Under-19 team. Now, as captain of the senior team, he's making bold decisions, like opening the bowling with spin. This was a departure from their usual strategy, as South Africa had never bowled so many overs of spin in a T20 World Cup match. The change in tactics worked brilliantly, with their spinners taking 5 for 79 in 12 overs, effectively stifling the West Indies' batting line-up. Markram's leadership and willingness to innovate have been crucial in South Africa's successful campaign.

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