Africa won the match…and America won the heart, fought hard in a high scoring match

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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Africa won the match…and America won the heart, fought hard in a high scoring match


South Africa set a target of 195 runs for America to win. While chasing the target, the American team also gave a tough fight.South Africa won this match thanks to the explosive innings of Quinton de Kock.

New Delhi. South Africa defeated the USA by 18 runs in the first Super-8 match of the T20 World Cup 2024. With this, the team captained by Aiden Markram has secured two points. The hero of the victory was Quinton de Kock, who gave the African team a strong start by scoring 74 runs in 40 balls. Andris Gaus also tried to win the match for the team by playing a half-century innings for the USA. However, he missed out despite taking his team very close.

Batting first, South African team scored 194 runs for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. Chasing the target, the American team could only score 176/6 runs. The American team did not have a good start. The team lost the wickets of its three openers for just 56 runs. Steven Taylor scored 24 runs in 14 balls. After this, the next two wickets fell in quick succession. Nitish Kumar scored eight runs in six balls and captain Aaron Jones was out for zero after playing five balls. By the time the score reached 76, half of the American team had returned to the dugout. Corey Anderson could score only 12 runs in 12 balls. Shayan Jahangir could contribute only three runs.

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The American team won the toss and decided to field first. Their start was not very good. Saurabh Netravalkar got Reeza Hendricks caught out on a personal score of just 11 runs. After this, captain Aiden Markram, who came as a new batsman to support Quinton de Kock, made a big partnership. Together, the two took the African team's score to 64 runs in just six overs. Even after this, they did not let the pace of runs slow down. Together, the two added 110 runs.

Harmeet Singh brought America back into the match. He dismissed Quinton de Kock and David Miller on two consecutive balls. After losing three wickets for 126 runs, Markram and Heinrich Klaasen took the responsibility of scoring runs for the South African team. Markram played an innings of 42 runs in 32 balls. He was dismissed by Saurabh Netravalkar. Klaasen scored an unbeaten 36 runs in 22 balls. Tristan Stubbs scored an unbeaten 20 runs in 16 balls.

tag: ICC T20 World Cup, Quinton de Chef, South Africa Cricket, T20 World Cup

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