Dale Steyn, Graeme Smith and others react as South Africa reach their first-ever World Cup final

Jun 27, 2024

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In a dominant display, South Africa thrashed Afghanistan by 9 wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.

Afghanistan folds for meagre 56

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Afghanistan’s innings crumbled under superb South African bowling. The entire batting line-up was dismissed for a mere 56 runs in just 11.5 overs.

Marco Jansen was the wrecker-in-chief for South Africa, claiming a spectacular 3 wickets for only 16 runs in his 3 overs. Kagiso Rabada (2/14) and Anrich Nortje (2/7) chipped in with crucial wickets as well, while Tabraiz Shamsi picked up 3 wickets for just 6 runs in his short spell.

South Africa cruise to victory

Chasing a paltry target of 57 runs, South Africa batters Reeza Hendricks (29 off 25) and Aiden Markram (23 off 21) stitched together a solid partnership of 55 for the second wicket, ensuring a comfortable chase.

Hendricks, in particular, played a crucial knock, smashing 3 fours and a six to take the game away from Afghanistan. South Africa reached the target in just 8.5 overs, losing only the wicket of Quinton de Kock (5) early on.

Also READ: Fans in shock as South Africa packs Afghanistan for the lowest-ever total in T20 World Cup semi-final

Player of the Match

Marco Jansen’s brilliant bowling performance, which included dismissing the dangerous Rahmanullah Gurbaz for a duck, was adjudged Player of the Match. With this emphatic victory, South Africa marches on to the finals of the T20 World Cup, while Afghanistan’s dream run in the tournament comes to an end.

Here are the reactions of fans and cricket experts on South Africa’s victory: 

We’re in the Finals

— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) June 27, 2024

Couldn’t be happier for @AidzMarkram and the team, one more to go.

— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) June 27, 2024

It’s emotional down here.
We’re into a final

— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) June 27, 2024

Great to see @RobWalter17 and his merry @ProteasMenCSA men on the way to the final. bowlers did it again! Semi final curse done and dusted 🫣

— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) June 27, 2024

A new finalist. Well done to @ProteasMenCSA and all the best for the final 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) June 27, 2024

https://x.com/KassNaidoo/status/1806154927342833809

🥹🥹🥹🥹 https://t.co/XKeCvtcWz3

— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) June 27, 2024

South Africa reach the finals of a T20 World Cup for the first time#cricket #SAvAFG #T20WorldCup #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/asmJBUEGJP

— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) June 27, 2024

🟡🟢 FINALS BOUND | #SAvAFG

The dream continues, South Africa! ✨🇿🇦🚀

📖 For the first time in history, the Proteas are through to the ICC T20 World Cup Finals. See you in Barbados! 🏟️#WozaNawe #BePartOfIt#OutOfThisWorld #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/2WWBXYTN1j

— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) June 27, 2024

Not exactly the ending we hoped for in this #T20WorldCup, but hats off to #AfghanAtalan for an unforgettable performance throughout the event. 🙌

Congratulations to @ProteasMenCSA for securing their first-ever final berth in World Cup cricket. 👍#GloriousNationVictoriousTeam pic.twitter.com/ZiLnLudHlX

— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) June 27, 2024

South Africa reached World Cup Final for the first time. Aiden Markram Making History in his first World Cup as Captain❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/ApOFrTp6PQ

— Abdullah Zafar (@Arain_417) June 27, 2024

Congratulations to @ProteasMenCSA for reaching the final of the #T20WorldCup2024 🙌 https://t.co/HXPEskZG6k

— Seattle Orcas (@MLCSeattleOrcas) June 27, 2024

The only other time the South Africa’s men’s team reached a final of an ICC event was way back in 1998, when the side won the inaugural ICC Knock out tournament (now called the Champions Trophy) at Dhaka.#SAvAFG #T20WorldCup2024

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 27, 2024

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