Afghanistan’s dream shattered, South Africa punch ticket to World Cup finals for the first time

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SA vs AFG T20 WC: The Aiden Markram-led South African team created history when they defeated Afghanistan in Semi-Final-1 of the T20 World Cup 2024 to enter the final. With this, South Africa has reached the final of a World Cup for the first time. The team has been playing ODIs since 1992 and T20 World Cups since 2007, but each time they choked in the semi-finals, leading to them being tagged as ‘chokers’. But now after defeating Afghanistan by 9 wickets, they have come close to removing this tag. South Africa will face India or England in the T20 World Cup 2024 title match on June 29, who will win Semi-Final-2.

SA vs AFG: Afghanistan beat SA in semi-final, bowled out for 56 against SA to set embarrassing record

Talking about the match, the Afghanistan team, which lost the toss and came to bat first, was bundled out for just 56 runs. Despite a blistering performance by the South African bowlers, the Afghan team could only last 11.5 overs. None of the team’s batsmen could even cross the 10-run mark, with 9 out of 10 players getting out in single digits, while Azmatullah Umarzai was the team’s top scorer with 10 runs. Surprisingly, Afghanistan’s extra runs (13) were more than any other batsman in the team.

For South Africa, Marco Jensen and Tabrez Shamsi took 3 each while Norkhia and Rabada got 2 wickets each.

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South Africa took 8.5 overs to chase down the target of 57 on a difficult pitch with uneven bounce in Trinidad and won the match by 9 wickets. South Africa’s only wicket fell in the form of Quinton de Kock who was dismissed for 5 runs. While Riza Hendricks remained unbeaten with 29 runs and captain Aidan Markram remained unbeaten with 23 runs.

Marco Jensen was awarded the Player of the Match for his superb bowling. Jensen took three wickets for 16 runs in 3 overs.

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