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South Africa end Afghan fairy tale to make maiden T20 World Cup final

Afghanistan, who made their first semifinal in T20 World Cup, were bowled out for a paltry 56.

Afghanistan fans watch a live broadcast of the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 semi-final cricket match between their team and South Africa, on a big screen at Kabul International cricket stadium in Kabul on June 27, 2024. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

A CLINICAL South Africa qualified for their maiden T20 World Cup final with a resounding nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in the semifinal at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago. The Proteas put themselves in pole position to reach the final after they bowled out Afghanistan for a paltry 56. They then raced to the target with 67 balls to spare.

Earlier opting to bat, things went awry for the Afghans as South Africa pacers made optimum use of the substantial seam movement on offer.

Afghanistan were in complete disarray as they lost half their side inside the Powerplay.

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The pace trio of Marco Jansen (3/16), Kagiso Rabada (2/14) and Anrich Nortje (2/7) shared seven wickets among themselves while spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (3/6) claimed three wickets.

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Azmatullah Omarzai with his 10 off 12 was the top-scorer for Afghanistan.

Brief Scores:

Afghanistan 56 all out in 11.5 overs (Azmatullah Omarzai 10; Tabraiz Shamsi 3/6, Marco Jansen 3/16)

South Africa 60 for 1 in 8.5 overs overs (Reeza Hendricks 29, Aiden Markram 23 not out; Fazalhaq Farooqi 1/11)

(PTI)

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