21st Match, Group 1 (D/N), Chattogram, Mar 27 2014, World T20
(18.4/20 ov, target 146)139
South Africa won by 6 runs
player of the match
Imran Tahir
South Africa
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• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Tahir spares South Africa embarrassment

Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn ensured South Africa were not embarrassed by Netherlands and stayed in contention for the semi-finals of the World T20

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Scorecard summary
South Africa145/9(20 overs)
Netherlands139/10(18.4 overs)

South Africa survive a mighty scare here.

Imran Tahir is the Man of the Match: "Really pleased, good team effort. We believed that we could have won this game but it wasn't an easy one. I just tried to bowl wicket to wicket."

Borren: "We obviously let this one go. We played across the line to Tahir. It's a real shame. They got off to a flying start and we did well to pull them back. Malik is a fantastic bowler and credit to him. I have to take the responsibility too with my dismissal tonight. I'm miffed with the fact that we didn't get over the line. After our last game I'm glad we stepped up better tonight."

Faf: "I think we are making it hard for ourselves. It's a great sign when your side is not playing 100% and still gets over the line. Credit to Netherlands for some very good bowling. Tahir and Steyn were outstanding. Credit to young Hendricks for bowling well under pressure. Credit to Netherlands as they played very good cricket for 70% of the game."

It took a lot for Borren to come out there and speak barely minutes after the game ended. He wasn't joking when he said he was "miffed." In the final analysis you would say that Netherlands lost this game, rather than SA winning it.

That's it from us as far as this match goes. The toss for England v Sri Lanka is underway in a few minutes. Thanks for your company. Cheers!

Hendricks to van der Gugten, OUT

South Africa get over the line with the skin of their teeth! Hendricks comes round the wicket and fires in a short ball, van der Gugten arches backwards and risky playing at it, looks to carve this down to third man but gets a thin edge, de Kock knows it and Steve Davis' finger was up quickly

Timm van der Gugten c †de Kock b Hendricks 8 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Hendricks to van der Gugten, no run

he gently tucked this one towards square leg and thought of a single but they decide against it

Hendricks to Ahsan Malik, 1 run

nicely played, he stays back and dabs it to third man, singles will do it

Hendricks to van der Gugten, 1 run

it's a low full toss outside off and he makes room and pinches it wide of point

9 off 12 and only a wicket in hand!

end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
NL: 137/9CRR: 7.61 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Timm van der Gugten7 (9)
Ahsan Malik0 (0)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe4-0-46-1
Dale Steyn4-0-19-2
Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, 1 run

makes room and drills this one just wide of extra cover

Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, 2 runs

and Steyn's dropped it! It's not over yet, he needlessly looked to chip this one over the infield, this was in the air for a while, Steyn covered plenty of ground running forward from deep midwicket but spilled it on the dive

Tsotsobe to Bukhari, OUT

was that really necessary! The batsman needn't have looked to go over the top with the fielder pushed back, this was short and he was down the track and looked to slap this one over long-on, miscued and Miller took it easily

Mudassar Bukhari c Miller b Tsotsobe 11 (23m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66
Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, 1 run

chips this one over the infield but mid-on was pushed back

Tsotsobe to Bukhari, 1 run

excellent fielding by Faf and almost a run out! This was slapped towards mid-off and Fal flung himself to his right and threw to the bowler. missed the stumps and Tsotsobe's under-arm flick was off target too with the batsman short

Tsotsobe to Bukhari, no run
end of over 174 runs
NL: 132/8CRR: 7.76 RRR: 4.67 • Need 14 from 18b
Timm van der Gugten3 (6)
Mudassar Bukhari10 (9)
Dale Steyn4-0-19-2
Lonwabo Tsotsobe3-0-41-0

Ojas: "@Sid, (personally speaking) because Netherlands have more to gain from this win than SA have to lose. One upset could be so much good for the growth of cricket. If the associates do well, a lot of interest will be created in different countries which is necessary to make cricket a global game."

Steyn to van der Gugten, no run

they have seen off his last over without losing a wicket, they nearly did though as van der Gugten poked his bat out looking to push it to the off side

Steyn to van der Gugten, no run

this was banged in short and he quickly ducked under the bouncer, close to being called a wide, one for the over signals the umpire

Steyn to Bukhari, 3 runs

breaks free here with a punch just wide of mid-on, Morkel gives the chase and manages to pull it back

Steyn to Bukhari, no run

he can't pinch a run here too, defends to the off side, they are better off seeing off Steyn

Steyn to Bukhari, no run

gives him a bit of width and he punches it down to point, can't get a run there

Steyn to van der Gugten, 1 run

close call again for the batsmen, too close to cut as he looked to scoop it to third man, close to the edge

end of over 168 runs • 1 wicket
NL: 128/8CRR: 8.00 RRR: 4.50 • Need 18 from 24b
Timm van der Gugten2 (3)
Mudassar Bukhari7 (6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe3-0-41-0
Beuran Hendricks3-0-14-0

Sid: "Can anyone tell me the reason why neutrals always seem to support the underdogs? And that is in spite of the fact that with SA winning, the tournament would probably be more interesting."

Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, 1 run

tries to steer this one down to third man but only just evades the keeper, thoughts of a second but they wisely decide not to

Tsotsobe to Bukhari, 1 run

tries to drill this wide of cover but mid-off cuts it off

Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, 1 run

this was short and wide outside the off stump and he arches back and cuts to third man, in the air but safe

Tsotsobe to van der Gugten, no run

full outside off and drilled to the off side

Best performances - batters
Stephan Myburgh
SJ Myburgh NL
51 runs (28)
8 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
20 runs
5 fours
0 six
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla SA
43 runs (22)
7 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
24 runs
4 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Ahsan Malik
Ahsan Malik NL
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir SA
Match details
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
TossNetherlands, elected to field first
SeriesWorld T20
Player Of The Match
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
Match numberT20I no. 386
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, First Session 15.30-16.50, Interval 16.50-17.10, Second Session 17.10-18.30
Match days27 March 2014 - daynight(20-over match)
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Bruce Oxenford
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Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
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Aleem Dar
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsSouth Africa 2, Netherlands 0