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Nepal fell one run short against South Africa in a nail-biting encounter

Nepal after winning the toss and decided to field first against South Africa.

Nepal fell just one run short against South Africa in a nail-biting encounter in the 31st fixture of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Chasing South Africa’s 116-run target, Nepal were set to get over the line, however, Tabraiz Shamsi’s back-to-back two wickets in the 18th over made the latter fall short to grab a historic win.

The result eliminated Nepal from the Super Eight stage, while South Africa made a clean sweep of the group stage with four wins in four matches at the T20 World Cup 2024. 

Nepal were 85-2 at one stage as Aasif Sheikh and AK Sah added 50 runs in 36 balls for the third-wicket partnership.

Tabraiz Shamsi’s 4 for 19 changed the course of the match in South Africa’s favour. 

Ottneil Baartman was given the ball in the last over with Nepal needing eight runs to win.

Despite conceding a four on the third ball, Baartman held his nerves and finished the over with two dot balls.

Two runs were needed on the last delivery of the final over. Baartman banged in short as Gulsan Jha looked to run it past the keeper but he failed to connect the bat with the ball.

Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock went for the bowler’s end as Sompal Kami ran across, but the ball hit Jha’s back and deflected towards cover. Klassen picked the ball and under-armed the flick onto the stumps at the bowler’s end with the batter caught short by a yard.

Nepal after winning the toss and decided to field first against South Africa.

Nepal’s clinical bowling display restricted South Africa to 115-7 in 20 overs.

Opener Reeza Hendricks scored 43 runs in 49 balls and was South Africa’s highest run-scorer.

Tristan Stubbs added an unbeaten 27 runs in 18 balls.

Kushal Bhurtel was the pick of the bowlers for Nepal with figures of 4-19 in three overs. Meanwhile, Dipendra Singh Airee bagged 3-21 to keep South Africa in check.

The Proteas have already qualified for the Super 8 with four wins in as many matches.

Meanwhile, Nepal are yet to register a win after three matches.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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