South Africa Crushes Afghanistan: Books First T20 World Cup Final Berth

AFG Vs SA Semi-Final

South Africa Crushes Afghanistan in T20 World Cup Semi-Final.

Afghanistan vs South Africa T20 World Cup

South Africa booked their place in the T20 World Cup final for the first time with a dominant nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a one-sided semi-final at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.

The Proteas ruthlessly dismantled Afghanistan’s batting line-up, bowling them out for a paltry 56 runs – the lowest total ever in a T20 World Cup match. Marco Jansen and Tabraiz Shamsi spearheaded the bowling attack, each taking three wickets to dismantle Afghanistan’s fragile batting.

T20 World Cup semi-final results

This emphatic win marked the end of a long wait for South Africa. They had never reached a World Cup final in the shortest format despite reaching the semi-finals on eight previous occasions since 1992. Now, they await the winner of the second semi-final between India and England, with a chance to finally lift the trophy on Saturday.

South Africa’s T20 World Cup win

Here’s a closer look at the key moments that unfolded in this lopsided encounter:

  • Early Wickets for Jansen: Afghanistan’s hopes for a competitive total took a massive blow early on as Marco Jansen dismissed both openers – Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran – within the first over.
  • Rabada Joins the Party: Kagiso Rabada continued the South African onslaught, removing the dangerous Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib in quick succession. By the end of the powerplay, Afghanistan was reeling at a precarious 23/5.
  • Afghanistan Crumbles Further: Anrich Nortje joined the wicket-taking frenzy, dismissing Azmatullah Omarzai to leave Afghanistan in deep trouble at 28/6. While Rashid Khan offered some resistance with a couple of boundaries, Tabraiz Shamsi ensured the fall of wickets continued, picking up three wickets to restrict Afghanistan to a mere 56 runs.
  • South Africa Cruises to Victory: Despite losing Quinton de Kock early, Reeza Hendricks and captain Aiden Markram steered South Africa home comfortably within nine overs, securing a convincing nine-wicket victory and their place in the coveted final.

Let us take a look at the 10 lowest totals in the 20-over showpiece.

1Uganda39 all outWest Indies2024
2Netherlands39 all outSri Lanka2014
3Uganda40 all outNew Zealand2024
4Netherlands44 all outSri Lanka2021
5Oman47 all outEngland2024
6West Indies55 all outEngland2021
7Afghanistan56 all outSouth Africa2024
8Uganda58 all outAfghanistan2024
9New Zealand60 all outSri Lanka2014
10Scotland60 all outAfghanistan2021

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