ICC T20 Super 12 Match Report: Proteas Wilt in the Sydney Rain Against Pakistan

ICC T20 Super 12 Match Report: Proteas Wilt in the Sydney Rain Against Pakistan

  • South Africa lost for the first time at the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup being held in Australia
  • The Proteas were defeated by a desperate Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, coming short by 34 runs
  • Loose bowling, worse fielding and the South African's old enemy, the rain, were contributing factors

Pakistan defeated South Africa by 34 runs (DLS method) at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday.

Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed smashed scintillating half-centuries to help Pakistan recover from an early collapse to 43 for four against South Africa’s pace bowlers and reach an impressive total of 185 for nine after choosing to bat first in their T20 World Cup match at the SCG on Thursday.

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South Africa was defeated by Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Image source: Getty Images.
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Shadab blasted 52 from just 22 balls (3x4, 4x6), the second fastest T20I 50 for his country, while Iftikhar was barely less aggressive with 51 from 35 balls with three fours and two sixes. Anrich Nortje, whose first two overs cost just 10 runs, conceded 31 from his final two with no-balls and free-hits being carved over all parts of the boundary.

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South Africa dropped four catches in the outfield but Tristan Stubbs and Rilee Rossouw managed to hold on to a couple of good ones to give Nortje figures of 4-41 with Rabada also conceding over 10 runs per over with 1-44.

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Ngidi finished with 1-32 while Shamsi, selected ahead of Keshav Maharaj as the sole spinner, returned figures of 1-36 leaving Parnell as the most economical bowler with 1-31 after bowling two overs in the Power Play and two at the end of the innings.

In their response, South Africa stuttered to 108/19 after 14 overs as a result of the Duckworth-Lewis method once the rain started falling in Sydney. They had slipped to 69-4 from nine overs when the rain came.

Heinrich Klaasen (15) and Tristan Stubbs (18) clubbed a couple of boundaries before miscuing against Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-0-14-3) and Naseem Shah (3-0-19-1) respectively and the innings closed tamely on 108-9.

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The Proteas' fate is still firmly in their hands, needing to defeat the Netherlands on Saturday to escape from the group alongside India into the semifinals. The Pakistanis have no choice but to beat Bangladesh in their final group match, hoping that the Dutch pull off a monumental upset in a tournament of shock results.

ICC T20 World Cup: Rilee Rossouw scores historic hundred for South Africa against Bangladesh

South African batsman Rilee Rossouw has made history.

He became the first South African to score a century in an ICC T20 World Cup match. Rossouw thundered to 109 off 56 deliveries, as the Proteas piled on a mammoth 205/5 from their allotted. He was dismissed off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan, being caught by Litton Das.

The aggressive Quinton de Kock raced to 63 off 38 balls in the assault on the beleaguered Bangladeshi bowling attack. For good measure, de Kock and Rossouw broke the record for the highest T20 World Cup partnership, amassing 168 runs for the third wicket.

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Other records that were broken by Rossouw:

Fourth South African to score a T20I century.

- Richard Levi (117*), Faf du Plessis (119) and David Miller (106*)

Second T20 International batsman to score consecutive hundreds, having scored a 100* against India.

- Gustav McKeown scored consecutive hundreds against Switzerland (109) and France (101) in 2022.

All records are provided by the respected Cricinfo.com website.

Video shows child fall over railings as dad reacts At ICC T20 World Cup match between West Indies and Scotland

A shocking viral video from the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia has gone viral, showing the hazards of adult supervision over children.

During the group qualifiers match between the West Indies and Scotland, a young boy is seen gambolling on the railings of the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Sports Brief reported. In what feels like forever packed into a moment, the child then falls over.

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In the background, a person who appears to be his father reacts a little too late in rushing over to grab him, before jumping over the railing to rescue the boy.

There were no indications about the condition of the toddler at the time of this report, though assumptions are that he escaped unharmed. The response to the video was of concern mixed with typically dry Australian humour in concern for the child.

Source: Sports Brief News