The Netherlands sent South Africa out of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday with a stunning 13-run victory in Adelaide, which also propelled India to the semi-finals. The latest in a series of shocks at this tournament saw Bangladesh and Pakistan battling it out for the last spot in the final four. Table-toppers India are on six points and will face Zimbabwe in Melbourne in the final match of Sunday’s triple header, the result of which will decide the final Super 12 standings and who will face whom in the semi-finals.
Chasing 159 for the win after Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten 41, South Africa faltered to finish at 145-8, with Dutch fast bowler Brandon Glover returning impressive figures of 3-9 in two overs.
South Africa started nervously with openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma within six overs with the score at 39.
Left-handed de Kock hit a four and six, but soon fell behind Fred Klaassen for 13, and Bavuma was bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 20.
But it was Glover’s wicket from Rilee Rossouw that sparked Dutch hopes in the batsman, who batted the first century in this tournament and left on a 19-ball 25.
The Proteas never looked convincing as Klaassen defeated Aiden Markram for 17 and a Dutch shock started to materialize when Glover struck twice in one.
He sent back the dangerous David Miller and then got Wayne Parnell behind when the wheels of the chase came into South Africa – and with it their hopes for the World Cup.
First at bat, the Netherlands, who had only beaten Zimbabwe in the Super 12, started strong with Stephan Myburgh’s 37, but lost the way. But then Ackermann stepped in.
He knocked out three fours and two sixes in his 26-ball and along with skipper Scott Edwards helped the team get 31 runs from the last two overs.
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