Netizens erupt as South Africa knocks West Indies out to reach the semifinals of T20 World Cup 2024

Jun 24, 2024

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In a rain-curtailed match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, South Africa secured their place in the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals with a tense three-wicket victory over co-hosts West Indies. This victory marks South Africa’s third entry into the semi-finals of the tournament, having previously achieved this milestone in 2009 and 2014.

West Indies set a modest target

West Indies’ innings got off to a disastrous start as they lost their top-order batters Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran early in the innings, reducing them to a precarious 5/2 in just over one over. Kyle Mayers, who came in as a replacement for Johnson Charles, joined forces with Roston Chase to stabilize the innings with a crucial 81-run partnership. Mayers contributed 35 runs, but fell victim to Tabraiz Shamsi’s bowling. Captain Rovman Powell and Sherfane Rutherford‘s dismissals further dented West Indies’ hopes of setting a challenging target.

Tabraiz Shamsi shines against West Indies

Tabraiz Shamsi emerged as the standout performer with the ball for South Africa, claiming three key wickets for 27 runs in his allotted four overs. Supported by Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada, the Proteas’ bowling attack effectively contained West Indies to a modest total of 135 for 8 in 20 overs.

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South Africa’s nervy chase ends in victory

Chasing a revised target of 123 runs due to rain interruptions, South Africa encountered early setbacks with the quick dismissals of Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock. Despite these early blows, Heinrich Klaasen‘s aggressive 22 off 10 balls and a crucial partnership involving Tristan Stubbs (29) steadied the innings. Jansen’s blistering cameo of 21 runs off 14 balls ultimately guided South Africa to victory with 5 balls remaining.

Here’s how X reacted:

Proteas! 7 in a row and off the the semi’s. Well done guys👌

— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) June 24, 2024

And breathe South Africa ..

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 24, 2024

RABADA! Best driver of the cricket ball! 😂 💪

— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 24, 2024

This #T20WorldCup just lost its soul. Great for South Africa but the knockouts without the West Indies is sad

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 24, 2024

Devastated…💔 #T20WorldCup | #WIvSA

— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) June 24, 2024

SA winning matches this World Cup. #T20WordCup

— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) June 24, 2024


— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) June 24, 2024

Petition to have a tri-series between Pakistan, South Africa and Punjab Kings. Humanity needs it.

— Manya (@CSKian716) June 24, 2024

Fighting all the odds, holding the nervous, resisting the choking, South Africa are in semis finally. What a day for South African cricket. I’m so happy for them, hope they win the T20 world cup 2024#WIvSA #SAvWI

— U M A R (@Agrumpycomedian) June 24, 2024

South Africa defeated West Indies by 3 wickets and qualified for Semis 🏏👏#cricket #T20WorldCup #WIvSA #southafricacricket #CricketTwitter

— (@CricketTimesHQ) June 24, 2024

South Africa have won all close matches from nowhere in this T20 World Cup. Hope this is not a hint of winning their first World Cup.

— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) June 24, 2024

Also READ: South Africa legend Graeme Smith picks his favourite team to win T20 World Cup 2024

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