four to end, but it doesn't matter! Netherlands win by 13 runs, and upset the whole of South Africa! Short and wide of off, and flung away to deep extra cover
Phew, time for us to take a breather... but ah, there isn't any here, with the way this World Cup keeps rolling along. Hop over to live action between Pakistan and Bangladesh, who fight it out for one last semi-final slot. Thanks for joining us for this one though, as Raghav, Shashank and me, Himanshu, bid you goodbye!
Anil Panghal: "How lucky is Pakistan here? They just need to beat Bangladesh - who anyway didn't come to win the cup" --- Well played!
Edwards: "Lost for words! It's going to take a bit of time... we are sort of used to those conditions. It's definitely up there - another big upset for Netherlands in a World Cup! We were still playing for a spot in the next World Cup."
Bavuma: "Hard one to swallow. We had the confidence and belief in ourselves as a unit to make the play-offs. Unfortunately for us, we couldn't do it. Winning the toss and bowling, what they got wasn't ideal. We lost wickets at crucial times. They used the dimensions of the field a lot better than we did."
Time for the captains to speak
So this result means Pakistan vs Bangladesh is a virtual knockout. South Africa's entire top six threw away starts, and as much as some late hitting by Ackermann helped, Netherlands' catching proved crucial in the end: Markram was nabbed sharply at short cover to break a stable stand, and Miller was absolutely snaffled out of nowhere by van der Merwe.
Sachin: "Tournament of such small margins .. SA would be thinking about the washout game with ZIM!!"
Colin Ackermann is the Player of the Match: "Feels fantastic, we really deserved this victory! Boys worked really hard. Come in, and take it deep, and the boundaries flowed at the end. Surface was slow, and was taking a bit of turn."
srinivashvarma: "Loved this world cup.. nothing is granted....hosts out , SA out...no one is formidable....just wow ..wat a game"
Shah Zaib: "How well was Edward The Captain? He marshalled his troops brilliantly."
1.48pm History is made: Netherlands beat South Africa for the first time across any format, and could there have been a better occasion? South Africa's NRR falls below Pakistan's, which means they are officially knocked out. What a game of cricket: South Africa's loss ensures India are through to the semi-final, and keeps the door open for Pakistan and Bangladesh.
slashes to deep point! Maharaj hobbling back symbolises the whole of South Africa's pain: they have surrendered from a winning position. A good length ball just outside off, and hacked forcefully after making room. But all he could do was find the fielder, even if getting it all the way beyond would have hardly made a difference
change of pace. Bowls a slower ball on a very full length and wide of off, as Rabada pushes it wide of long-off
19 off 3: three sixes for a tie.
great ball. Yorker length on off - a low full toss - as Rabada finds extra cover
drags this yorker length ball to long-on to his left, who slides to save a few
a high full toss that is swung down the ground. Long-on rushes to his right to slide and stop that. Maharaj isn't too fit to run for the second but he still does so as it is also an above-waist no-ball
full and wide of off. Left alone, and wide called
dropped at deep midwicket! van Beek the fielder there. He grabbed at that, but it fell off his hands. Length ball in the slot outside off, and Maharaj went heaving
Ahsan: "What are the chances of SA pulling a Carlos Braithwaite here, still not believing it" --- Maharaj, are you listening?
26 off 6. How many will take it with Rabada and Maharaj at the crease?
throws his bat at a good length ball which is wide of off. Single to long-on
good length ball, angled down leg side. Maharaj had shuffled across off, and so this cannot be wide even if it ended just outside leg
so what if he cannot run? He can still whack them! Gets across off, and spots the good length ball wide of off. Hoicked hard and far over deep midwicket
on the bounce to long-off. Good length ball on off, as he made room before slashing hard at that
change of pace. Good length and wide of off, as a hobbling Maharaj swats to long-off
Shrikant: "Is India's semi final birth secured if SA lose to Ned?" --- Yup, that's right
flings this good length ball on middle to deep midwicket
Maharaj seems to be bothered by an injury. He is just not able to run.
lofted over cover to long-off. A yorker length ball just outside off, and there is no room for Rabada to play with
walks down, and slices this good length ball to long-on
yorker length ball, and dragged wide of long-on.
Rabada in at No. 9. Around the wicket
that should be the game! Hear the Netherlands supporters, and watch their flag flutter at the ground. Klaasen finds deep midwicket, and South Africa are pushed further back. Shortish length on middle and off from de Leede, as Klaasen made room, and rode the bounce to try and pull. But there was the longer boundary, as he found the fielder
shahinsid: "@Andy: "the door is open for Bangladesh too""
top edge to deep third. Goes cracking hard at that good length ball outside off, as the ball rushes to deep third
nudges this good length ball on to deep midwicket. Maharaj back on strike
de Leede back
|Toss||South Africa, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1871|
|Match days||6 November 2022 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Netherlands 2, South Africa 0|
Over 20 • SA 145/8