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South Africa beat Netherlands by 4 wickets owing to David Miller’s smashing 59 not out

South Africa won the toss and chose to field vs Netherlands.

South Africa beat the Netherlands by 4 wickets, Group D, in the 16th match of the T20 World Cup 2024 played at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York on Saturday.

South Africa who won the toss and put  Netherlands to bat first, was given a 104-run target to chase.

However, South Africa had a terrible start as their top order crumbled against the Dutch bowlers and they were 12-4 in just 2.3 overs.

Reeza Hendricks (3 off 10), Quinton de Kock (0), Aiden Markram (0) and Heinrich Klaasen (4 off 7) walked back to the pavilion which put the Proteas in an uncomfortable position.

However, Tristan Stubbs and Miller combined for 65 runs bringing the Proteas back in the game.

Stubbs was removed by Bas de Leede in the 17th over and soon, Marco Jansen was also sent back to the pavilion. The wickets kept falling but Miller continued the charge against the Dutch and eventually led his side to victory with an innings of 59 not out.

Earlier in the first innings, the Proteas bowlers dominated the match and the Netherlands were soon 48-6 in 11.5 overs.

While it looked like another early collapse in New York. But, it was Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek’s crucial 54-run partnership which helped them cross the 100-run mark.

The partnership was broken by the Proteas’ Ottniel Baartman in the last over as the Netherlands concluded their innings at 103-9 in 20 overs.

Jensen and Anrich Nortje picked two wickets each while Baartman managed to grab four Dutch batters.

In the previous T20I World Cup, Netherlands beat South Africa to cost them a spot in the semi-finals as well as in their ODI World Cup fixture last year.

Playing XIs

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (capt), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman

Netherlands: Max O’Dowd, Michael Levitt, Vikramjit Singh, Scott Edwards (capt, wk), Teja Nidamanuru, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Tim Pringle, Paul van Meekeren, Vivian Kingma

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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