T20 World Cup: South Africa after away loss to Netherlands

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Pool 2, Adelaide Oval
Netherlands 158-4 (20 overs): Ackermann 41* (26), Myburgh 37 (30)
South Africa 145-8 (20 overs): Rossouw 25 (19), Glover 3-9
The Netherlands won by 13 runs
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South Africa have crashed out of the Men’s T20 World Cup after being stunned by the Netherlands by 13 runs in their final group match.

Set 159 runs to reach the semi-finals, South Africa lost regular wickets on a difficult pitch and were bundled out by an inspired Dutch side.

The defeat means the winner of the match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, which kicks off at 04:00 GMT, will go through with the Proteas and go ahead with India, who qualified due to South Africa’s defeat.

After a tournament full of surprises, this stunning result in Adelaide may be the biggest surprise of all.

South Africa were seen as one of the favorites for the tournament, while the Netherlands are the lowest ranked at the Super 12 stage.

“We played well up to this point in the tournament,” said captain Temba Bavuma.

“Once again, we fumbled when it really mattered. It’s going to be hard to swallow.

“In the end, it wasn’t good enough.”

South Africa have collapsed under pressure again

This loss also adds another dreary day to South Africa’s well-known history of under-pressure struggles on the biggest stage.

They started badly with the ball – Stephan Myburgh and Max O’Dowd capitalized on some wicked bowling to add 58 for the first wicket – and, after taking things back to the middle, allowed the Netherlands to finish well when Colin Ackermann hit two sixes. final over to Wayne Parnell not out from 26 balls to finish on 41.

The Proteas captain chose to go after Temba Bavuma, but that decision was soon proved wrong.

After Quinton de Kock was chased for 13, the scoring became increasingly tough on the slow surface – Bavuma bowled around the legs, Rilee Roussow holed it at mid-wicket and Aiden Markram caught a front edge as part of a steady slide.

The Netherlands, on the other hand, were exceptional. Their bowlers mixed pace with slower balls and their fielders were very athletic to deny the pair and South Africa boundaries.

It was also the capture of Roelof van der Merwe, the 37-year-old who played 26 times for South Africa before switching to the Netherlands to replace David Miller.

Miller did brilliantly with Brandon Glover and Van der Merwe backing away from short leg before sliding to take the ball inches off the ground with both hands.

That left Heinrich Klaasen needing 47 off 28 balls when Heinrich Klaasen was bowled by two deep mid-balls.

Every wicket was hugely cheered by Pakistan fans who arrived early for their team’s match at the same ground. Pakistan have a real chance of making it to the last four despite starting the tournament with two defeats.

The result means the Netherlands will automatically qualify for the next T20 World Cup, as long as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe do not win later.