Upset Alert: Netherlands beat South Africa by 13 run; India qualify for Semi Finals of T20 World Cup 2022

Choke Africa shot themselves in their own foot following a defeat to associates, Netherlands to get eliminated from the T20 World Cup. Following a setback to associates, Netherlands, Choke Africa shot themselves in the foot and were ousted from the T20 World Cup.

They’re virtually eliminated from the T20 World Cup after falling by 13 runs to the Netherlands, who finished group 2 with a stunning upset at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. South Africa were reduced to 145 for eight in 20 overs when chasing a target of 159 runs, with Brandon Glover claiming three wickets for the Netherlands.

Netherlands cause biggest upset in T20 World Cup 2022

In the meanwhile, Fred Klaassen and Bas de Leede each took two wickets. South Africa’s top scorer was Rilee Rossouw, who hit 25 runs off 19 balls. Initially, Colin Ackermann was in blistering form, scoring 41 runs off 26 balls to help his side to 158 for four in 20 overs. Ackermann’s undefeated innings had three fours and two sixes.

The Netherlands will celebrate for a long time. If qualifying for the Super 12s was challenging, success on Sunday may be even more difficult, since a top-four result in the group will guarantee them automatic qualification for the T20 World Cup in 2024.

The Netherlands batted first and scored 158 for 4 thanks to a concerted effort from its top order. Colin Ackermann top-scored for the Netherlands with an undefeated 41 off 26 balls, while Tom Cooper made 35 off 19 balls. South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj (2/27) took two wickets.

In defending the mark, the Netherlands bowlers responded to the occasion, limiting South Africa to 145 for 8, with Brandon Glover (3/9) scalping three batters. South Africa’s leading scorer was Rilee Rossouw, who hit 25 runs. 

The game-changing moment came when van der Merwe, the fielder, took a fantastic catch running behind to dismiss Miller. The team succumbed, and none of their batters got going as the odd happened.

Expect a captaincy overhaul for South Africa

I believe the board would replace Temba Bavuma as captain. His troubling form, along with the huge choking against the Netherlands, appears to be a sackable offense, and no questions can be addressed. It might just happen tonight.

Furthermore it is is the over dependence on the finishers like David Miller and Markham. Hence, when they don’t get going, the top order doesn’t come to the party, collapses happen.

And something similar happened in the match as well. David Miller, Markham and Klassen all got starts but couldn’t get going.

A struggling Keshav Maharaj tried his heart out to win the match for his side. But one man couldn’t do it all on his own. He picked up 2 wickets with ball in hand 13 with bat.

It will be a start from the drawing board for them with ODI World Cup 2023 in close proximity. Hoping for a better result in the One-day format of the sport.

A win for Indian Cricket team

What this victory has done is that it has confirmed India’s qualification into the Semifinal. The previous equation required them to win their final encounter against Zimbabwe to confirm their place in knockouts.

But courtesy to some great cricket by Netherlands, now India can manage to experiment with their squad. There have been some loop holes in their performance. Hence against Zimbabwe they will try to come up with a concrete squad.

Meanwhile, it will be a virtual quarterfinal between Bangladesh and Pakistan. The winner of the game will qualify for Semi Finals of T20 World Cup 2022.

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