WATCH: Dale Steyn joins South African players after their historic semifinal win over Afghanistan in T20 World Cup 2024

Jun 27, 2024

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Former fast bowler Dale Steyn became emotional after South Africa secured their spot in the final of the T20 World Cup 2024.

South Africa’s dominant performance against Afghanistan

South Africa, convincingly defeated Rashid Khan’s Afghanistan by NINE wickets in the first semi-final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. Afghanistan, batting first after winning the toss, were bowled out for a paltry 56 runs in 11.5 overs, with Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jansen claiming three wickets each, and Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje taking two wickets apiece.

This total marked both Afghanistan’s lowest in a T20 World Cup semi-final and their lowest ever in T20I history. In response, South Africa chased down the target of 57 runs with ease, reaching 60/1 in just 8.5 overs. Reeza Hendricks remained unbeaten on 29, while Aiden Markram contributed 23 not out.

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

Dale Steyn’s emotional reaction to South Africa’s T20 World Cup final qualification

The significance of the victory was palpable, resonating through poignant scenes that unfolded. The Proteas legend, Steyn’s heartfelt embrace with David Miller, their tears of joy mirrored in the emotions shared with Anrich Nortje and other South African support staff members, underscored the depth of their triumph. It was a moment where camaraderie and triumph intertwined, leaving an indelible mark on their journey.

Here’s the video:

🤗 Smiles and hugs all round
🥺 Dale Steyn speechless
😂 Lungi mocking Shammo

The Proteas are heading to the #T20WorldCup final for the first time ever 👏🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/Kuyngn1eMV

— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) June 27, 2024

Steyn’s personal reflections

Steyn, who has been part of several of South Africa’s World Cup campaigns, including the heartbreaking 2015 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, where Grant Elliot hit him for a match-winning six, expressed deep emotion at this achievement. For South Africa, reaching their maiden T20 World Cup final holds immense significance, especially given their history of close calls and near misses in previous tournaments.

Quest for the first T20 World Cup title

South Africa will now await the winner of the second semi-final between England and India to be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. The T20 World Cup final is scheduled to take place at Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados. While England and India have both won the T20 World Cup before, South Africa are yet to secure their first title, making this final appearance all the more poignant for their cricketing history.

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

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