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"Not chokers anymore" Fans react as South Africa clinch last-over thriller against West Indies to enter semi-finals of ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Published at :June 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Modified at :June 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM
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Jatin Khandelwal


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Marco Jansen’s six on the first ball of the last over against West Indies took South Africa to the semi-finals.

In a virtual quarter-final against West Indies in Antigua that would either see them go through to the semi-finals or take the flight back home despite being undefeated until this game, South Africa almost choked. Almost.

The Proteas held their nerves to not let the ‘chokers’ tag being pasted over them for at least one more game as they clinched a last-over thriller against hosts West Indies in their last Super 8 game to enter the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

With England qualifying for the semis about 12 hours ago, the WI vs SA fixture of Group 2 in the Super 8 round at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua was made into the virtual quarter-final. By the quirk of the format of this tournament, England entered the semi-finals despite losing two games, but South Africa, who had won all their six matches so far, could have been knocked out if they lost only this game.

But they didn’t as Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen hit a four and a six respectively when nine runs were required off seven deliveries to take the Proteas into the knockout stage. The Proteas overcame a sensational spell of 3-12 from Roston Chase to complete their chase in a rain-affected game.

Aiden Markram won the toss and elected to bowl first. The bowlers did well to restrict West Indies to 135 in 20 overs with left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi taking a three-wicket haul. Then, because of time being lost to rain, South Africa were set a revised target of 123 in 17 overs.

They lost their top three for 42 runs while David Miller played a horrific knock of 4 (14). However, Tristan Stubbs held one end with his 29 (27), while Klaasen blasted 22 (10). South Africa kept losing wickets and West Indies stormed back with Chase’s three wickets. But Jansen kept his nerves in his impressive innings of 21* (14) to see his side home.

Twitter erupted as South Africa qualified for the semi-finals after winning a last-over thriller against West Indies:

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