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India Come Back from the Dead to Emerge Champions

THE ASIAN AGE. | MOSES KONDETY
Published : Jun 30, 2024, 7:23 am IST
Updated : Jun 30, 2024, 7:31 am IST

Nail biting finish at Barbados as India Beat South Africa to Clinch World Cup

 India's players celebrate with the winners trophy after defeating South Africa in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup final cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Saturday, June 29, 2024.AP/PTI(PTI06_30_2024_000063B)
  India's players celebrate with the winners trophy after defeating South Africa in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup final cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Saturday, June 29, 2024.AP/PTI(PTI06_30_2024_000063B)

Bridgetown (Barbados): Team India came back from the dead to stun South Africa by seven runs and emerge champions of the T20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval here on a Super Saturday.

Brilliant bowling at the death from pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Arshdeep Singh and a breathtaking catch on the boundary by Suryakumar Yadav in the last over turned the game around for the champions after they were down and almost out after 15 overs — South Africa needed 30 at run-a-ball with six wickets in hand and looked set to hunt down India’s 176 for 7.

Bumrah conceded four runs in the 16th over and just two in the 18th which also fetched the wicket of Marco Jansen while Arshdeep gave away four in the penultimate over to tighten the screws. Then, with South Africa needing 16 runs off the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya, SKY turned a certain six into a controlled catch to get rid of the dangerous David Miller (21) and put the opposition on the mat. They could not get up and eventually limped to 169 for 8.

Heinrich Klaasen had taken the game away with his 27-ball 52 before India pulled it back. Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs (31) were the other run-getters for South Africa, who will continue to carry the ‘Chokers’ tag that has been around their necks for a long time.

Earlier, India posted the highest total in a T20 World Cup final thanks to a steady 76 by opener Virat Kohli, a valuable 47 from Axar Patel and their innings-stabilising 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket after the team had slipped to 34 for 3 in the fifth over.

They began well though. Kohli drove on either side of the wicket to pick three boundaries in the first over bowled by left-arm pacer Jansen as the Blues took 15 off the opening over.

From the other end, Rohit cut and reverse swept Keshav Maharaj for successive boundaries but was out, caught brilliantly by Klaasen at square leg as he tried to sweep the left-arm spinner. India 23 for 1. Two balls later, Rishabh Pant fell for a duck, top edging Keshav Maharaj to de Kock behind the stumps. Another brilliant catch by Klaasen, running to his left at fine leg, saw the departure of Suryakumar Yadav (3) and put India in trouble.

At the end of Powerplay, India were 45 for 3, their slowest since the Super Eight stage in the tournament.

India’s 50 came up in the eighth over, in 43 balls and included seven fours. Soon, Axar Patel lifted Markram into the stands for the first six of the game. Next over, he carted Maharaj out of the ground.

Axar also brought up India’s 100, with a six over long-on off pacer Kagiso Rabada on the first ball of an eventful 14th over, in which he got run out courtesy a direct hit at the non-striker’s end by wicket-keeper de Kock. Axar’s 31-ball innings was decorated with four sixes and a boundary.

Next man Shivam Dube did not let the wicket affect him, launching Jansen into the stands. He then stung Shamsi to the midwicket boundary. The left-hander contributed a quick 27 to the total and was involved in a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket with Kohli.

 

Kohli got to his half-century in 48 balls with just four boundaries. Soon, he upped the tempo, hitting Rabada for a six and a four in the 18th over. The former captain was out in the penultimate over while trying to hit Jansen out of the ground, only for Rabada to pull off the catch on the boundary.

Dube followed his long-standing partner with two balls left in the innings, caught by David Miller off pacer Anrich Nortje, who was the best South African bowler on show with 2 for 26 from his four overs. It was not enough.

 

 

 

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