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Younis Khan wants Fakhar Zaman to Lead Pakistan Team

Pakistan’s famous Younis Khan wants Fakhar Zaman to Lead the Pakistan Cricket Team in the white-ball format. He wants Babar Azam to step down from captaincy after a disappointing T20 World Cup 2024 performance.

Younis Khan expresses this in a local channel sports show, the Pakistan former skipper back Fakhar Zaman for Leading the green team in the T20 and ODI formats.

Why can’t Fakhar Zaman be the captain of the side isn’t he a performer? Didn’t he do well in the last 50-over World Cup? Who is that one player who gave us hope? Zaman started the 2023 World Cup in India poorly however, in the second half turned his form around which coincided with Pakistan’s success. His blistering starts at the top kept Pakistan in contention however, it was too little too late for them to go further in the tournament,” Younis stated.

Zaman was a member of the team led by Sarfaraz Ahmed that took home the 2017 Champions Trophy. He forged connections with Azhar Ali during the competition, and against India in the final, he struck a century.


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“Who is that one player in the side who is leaving his opening slot and batting down at four or five or six? Who is sacrificing his place? Fakhar Zaman! Why won’t you make him the captain?” Younis added.

In white-ball cricket, Pakistan is currently led by Babar Azam, who was in charge of the side that, following a lackluster performance in the T20 World Cup 2024, was forced to return home.

Babar took over as the team’s captain in 2019 and left following the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The team’s captain for 2024 was renamed Babar shortly before the T20 World Cup, however, Shaheen Shah Afridi remained still in charge.

Read: Will Babar Azam Resign from Captaincy After Disappointing World Cup?

Babar and co. are under pressure because of Pakistan’s dismal performance at the T20 World Cup 2024; they lost to the USA in their opening encounter and subsequently to India. Pakistan might have easily won both games, but they were nonetheless lost by the team.

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Even though Pakistan triumphed over Canada and Ireland, they were unable to advance further in the competition.

Kane Williamson Leaves New Zealand Captaincy, Declines Central Contract

The New Zealand Captain of the white-ball format Kane Williamson has stepped down from his leading role. Kane Williamson rejected Captaincy and the central contract for the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) of 2024-2025. This was done after Black Cap’s disappointing T20 World Cup 2024 performance.

New Zealand didn’t qualify for the Super 8 in T20 World Cup 2024. Also, the team couldn’t take Afghanistan in the group-stage games.

Helping push the team forward across the formats is something I’m very passionate about and something I want to keep contributing towards, however, pursuing an overseas opportunity during the New Zealand summer means I’m unable to accept a central contract offer,” said Williamson in a press release issued by NZC.

“Playing for New Zealand is something I treasure, and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished,” he said. “My life outside cricket has changed, however. Spending more time with my family and enjoying experiences with them at home or abroad is something that’s even more important to me.”

In 2022, Williamson resigned as the Test team’s captain, but he remained to lead the group in limited-overs cricket.


T20 World Cup Super 8 Schedule, Teams and Groups


According to CEO of New Zealand Cricket Scott Weenink, the NZC board does not choose players for the team who are not centrally contracted, but they are prepared to make an exception for their “greatest ever batter.

“However, we’re happy to make an exception for our greatest-ever batter – especially as he remains so committed to the team. I know it sounds a bit counterintuitive, but I’m very encouraged by this development.”

After Brendon McCullum’s retirement in 2016, Williamson was named to the position. He led the Kiwis in 40 Test matches, 91 ODIs, and 75 T20 matches. He has guided the team to victory in the ODI Cricket World Cup (2019 and 2023), the T20 World Cup (2016, 2021, 2022, and 2024), and the 2021 ICC World Test Championship, which New Zealand won.

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However, Williamson and company appeared to be unlucky in ICC competitions, including the T20 World Cup 2024, where they were defeated by Afghanistan and the West Indies in the group stage games and were unable to advance to the Super 8 round of the competition.

T20 World Cup Super 8 Schedule, Teams and Groups

The T20 World Cup Super 8 teams are confirmed, and the group stages have ended. The top 2 teams out of 5 from a single group have been qualified.

In this T20 World Cup Super 8, seven teams were already confirmed and Bangladesh became the final team of the Super 8 in the World Cup 2024.

In a thrilling game against Nepal, the Tiger clinched the victory by 21 runs at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent on Monday.

Here are the groups and confirmed schedule for Super 8 of T20 World Cup 2024.


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T20 World Cup Super 8 Groups

Group 1

India (A1)

Australia (B2)

Afghanistan (C1)

Bangladesh (D2)

Group 2

USA (A2)

England (B1)

West Indies (C2)

South Africa (D1)

T20 World Cup Super 8 schedule

Wed, 19 June 2024 – USA v South Africa, Antigua, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Wed, 19 June 2024 – England v West Indies, St. Lucia, 08:30 PM LOCAL

Thur, 20 June 2024 – Afghanistan v India, Barbados, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Thur, 20 June 2024 – Australia v Bangladesh, Antigua, 08:30 PM LOCAL

Fri, 21 June 2024 – England v South Africa, St. Lucia, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Fri, 21 June 2024 – USA v West Indies, Barbados, 08:30 PM LOCAL

Sat, 22 June 2024 – India v Bangladesh, Antigua, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Sat, 22 June 2024 – Afghanistan v Australia, St. Vincent, 08:30 PM LOCAL

Sun, 23 June 2024 – USA v England, Barbados, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Sun, 23 June 2024 – West Indies v South Africa, Antigua, 08:30 PM LOCAL

Mon, 24 June 2024 – Australia v India, St. Lucia, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Mon, 24 June 2024 – Afghanistan v Bangladesh, St. Vincent, 08:30 PM LOCAL

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T20 World Cup Super 8 Squads

Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Nangyal Kharoti, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik.

Australia: Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Bangladesh: Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Taskin Ahmed, Litton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tawhid Hridoy, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Jaker Ali Anik, Tanvir Islam, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

England: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Mark Wood

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Siraj.

South Africa: Aiden Markram (c), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs

United States: Monank Patel (c), Aaron Jones, Andries Gous, Corey Anderson, Ali Khan, Harmeet Singh, Jessy Singh, Milind Kumar, Nisarg Patel, Nitish Kumar, Noshtush Kenjige, Saurabh Nethralvakar, Shadley Van Schalkwyk, Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir.

West Indies: Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd

Imad Wasim: Responsibility for India’s Defeat is Mine, Change Needed

Will Babar Azam Resign from Captaincy After Disappointing World Cup?

In Pakistan Cricket it’s the most trending topic is Babar Azam resign from Captaincy after poor performance from the Pakistan Cricket Team in the T20 World Cup 2024. Pakistan team for the third time in history didn’t qualify from the group stages in any T20 event.

On this occasion, Skipper Babar Azam speaks after a poor win against Ireland in the World Cup. Pakistan Team did not qualify for the Super 8 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Pakistan Team gets a three-wicket victory against Ireland in their last game of group stages at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida.

After the PAK vs IRE game, Captain Babar Azam resign questions were raised as to whether he will continue his position as leading the green team or step down from it. Azam stated that:

“When I left captaincy (previously), I felt that I shouldn’t be captain anymore and announced it myself. When PCB gave it back, it was their decision. Now we’ll go back and have a discussion about what has happened here.

“If I leave captaincy again then I will inform everyone. For now, I haven’t thought about it and the decision is up to PCB,” he added.

He did not attribute the defeat to a specific individual, however, and acknowledged that Pakistan did not perform well as a unit.

“We lost as a team and didn’t play as a team. We didn’t lose due to any one person. Like you’re pointing out it’s because of the captain, I can’t go and play for everyone. There are 11 players in the team, and every player has a role, which is why they are here for the World Cup. I accept that we didn’t play well as a team,” he added.

For the World Cup, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir came out of international retirement. Babar praised their efforts.

“Their (Imad and Amir’s) contributions were quite good. In spin bowling especially, Imad Wasim contributed very well. Amir has bowled well with the new ball and old ball. They are experienced and know how to bowl.

“They assess conditions and execute their plans accordingly. In this tournament, our bowling has done very well and dominated. Yes, we lost one match but otherwise, we restricted teams under 130. The bowlers have bowled really well,” he added.

Imad stated during a news conference on Saturday that Pakistan’s batting strategy needed to change, but Babar disagreed, citing the challenging conditions facing all batsmen.

“Regarding mindset, you can have a certain mindset about how you want to play. But you can’t go out there and hit every ball for six or take a wicket every ball. You have to assess the conditions. Tell me – how many matches have happened here (in the T20 World Cup) with outstanding batting? Batters have struggled.

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“Yes, we need to think out of the box – every player, not just one player because cricket is moving very fast so you have to move with modern cricket. You also need game awareness and common sense. Here, you can see you have to take the game a little deep and build an innings. You can’t score at 150 SR here no matter how hard you try. When you don’t have wickets in hand, you come under pressure.”

It should be mentioned that Pakistan lost their opening two games against the United States (USA) and India, and therefore concluded third in Group A with four points out of a potential eight.

Australia vs Scotland: ENG Reaches Super 8 After AUS Win Over SCO

In the very crucial game of the T20 World Cup 2024 of Group (B) between Australia vs Scotland at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia. Australia clinched the victory by 5 wickets where 2 balls were remaining.

Australia’s victory made it possible for the england team to qualify for the next round of Super 8. Scotland has a better run rate than england and their last game was pending against Australia. If they emerged victorious in it then Australia and Scotland were the qualifiers from the group.

However, England and Scotland finished the group stage with five points each. But the English team with a better run rate qualified for the Super 8 stages.

The Australian Team won all the matches of group stages and ended with a total of 8 points and made their way to the Super 8.

With the aid of fifty-threes from Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis, Australia managed to reach home in 19.4 overs while chasing a target of 181 runs.


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While Stoinis produced an outstanding knock of 59 runs in 29 balls, Head scored 68 runs in 49 balls.

“The plan was to get yourself in and hit it hard along the ground. And then access from there. There was a strong breeze, which meant that the end was easier to hit. The pitch was also very good. Head picked his bowlers and pretty much turned the game in that over with three sixes even though he got out. I have been fortunate to play consistently for the last 3-4 months starting with the IPL but there’s no substitute for confidence. That’s the recipe we all try to keep a hold of,” Stoinis said after being named Player of the Match.

For Scotland, Mark Watt and Safyaan Sharif each took two wickets.

Australia had earlier chosen to field first against Scotland after winning the toss.

Batting first, Scotland amassed 180-5 in 20 overs thanks to a stunning 60 from Brandon McMullen off 34 balls. Six maximums and two fours were part of his innings.

With two fours and two sixes, captain Richie Berrington amassed 42 unbroken runs in 31 balls.

Leading the batting order with 35 runs in 23 balls was also contributed by George Munsey.

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In four overs, Glenn Maxwell collected 2-44, while Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, and Nathan Ellis each took one.

Australia vs Scotland Teams:

Australia Team:

David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (C), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa

Scotland Team:

George Munsey, Michael Jones, Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington (C), Matthew Cross (wk), Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Chris Sole, Brad Wheal, Safyaan Sharif

Read: England World Cup Super 8 Spot After Defeating Namibia

England World Cup Super 8 Spot After Defeating Namibia

England World Cup Super 8 spot was in trouble but the defenders won the game against Namibia at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda. England has secured the spot in Super 8 with Australia from their group.

The English team defeated Namibia by 41 runs via DLS Method. The defending champions stop the Namibian team on just 84 runs and by taking three wickets. Namibia needs to chase down the target of 126 runs. Earlier, England were put into bat first by Namibia.

The rain was the reason that took the game from 20 overs to 11 overs per side, and the match started three hours later than the actual time. Then the game was again shortened to 10 overs due to an interruption in the 8th over.


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The England World Cup team faces the early dismissal of Skipper Jos Buttler on a golden duck(0) and Phill Slat on 11 runs due to great blowing by Namibia Skipper.

But Jonny Bairstow, who batted at number three behind Harry Brook and continued to play until the end, steadied the innings.

With both of them scoring runs at will, the pressure that the Namibian bowlers had applied early on was released. They combined for 56 runs in 30 balls.

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Bairstow left the game having hit three fours and two sixes en route to an 18-ball 31.

Moeen and Brook Ali used their power hitting to perfection in the last overs. Liam Livingstone made 3-ball 12 and vice-captain Moeen 6-ball 16.

After 20 balls, Brook was still undefeated at 47. He shut down six restrictions.

With numbers of 2/31, Ruben Trumpelmann emerged as Namibia’s finest bowler, but David Wiese was the most economical early on with figures of 1/6.

In the run chase, Michael van Lingen and Nikolaas Davin were unable to match the par score and could only muster 43 runs in the first six overs. Following Davin’s retirement (16 off 18), Wiese teamed up with Van Lingen.

The pair played their strokeplay, but they were unable to get close to the objective. Wiese scored 12-ball 27 while Van Lingen made 29-ball 33.

For England, Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer both claimed a wicket.

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After four games, England has a Net Run Rate of +3.611 and points. They are ranked second in Group B’s points table, behind only Australia, who have already earned a Super 8 spot.

Scotland, on the other hand, has the same amount of points and will play Australia in their last group match later today. They will qualify if they win and move up above both teams.

Read: Canada vs India World Cup Match Called Off Due to Rain

Imad Wasim: Responsibility for India Defeat is Mine, Change Needed

Pakistan all-rounder batter Imad Wasim has spoken recently in the press conference before their last game against Ireland in the T20 World Cup 2024. Imad took responsibility for losing the group stage game against their arch-rivals India by 6 runs and told the reason why they could not execute their plans.

Pakistan was still hoping they would qualify for the Super 8 round. But the game between the United States (USA) and Ireland (IRE) in Florida was called off due to rain and a wet outfield and this caused the elimination of the Pakistan Cricket team.

Imad Wasim said their plan was to take the game deep against the Blue team who qualified for the Super 8 stages. Their plan was to take the game deep as the New York pitch was not very easy to bat on. But they cannot execute their plans properly.


The all-rounder went on to say that because the Green Shirts were unable to alter their perspective, Pakistan lags far behind other teams.

“In my opinion, the reason for our defeat [In the World Cup] was our mindset. We need to take the fear of failure out of our minds and try something new. It is all about mindset, other teams have also changed their thinking, we are behind them because we didn’t change our way of thinking,” he added.

When questioned if the team needed major adjustments or if the fundamentals were already in place, Imad said that while it was beyond of his purview, “drastic” changes were currently necessary.

“It’s not my domain but I think there need to be changes. There should be a drastic change so that we can move forward and fight with world cricket in the way that cricket is played now,” the all-rounder added.

The damp outfield caused the USA’s match against Ireland to be postponed, and Pakistan was subsequently eliminated from the competition.

“You can’t control the weather. It was raining for the last week, and I’ve never seen rain in my life like that, so you can’t blame the groundsmen or ICC. It was tough that it was washed out but we shouldn’t have let this happen – we should have won both our games to be in a safe zone but unfortunately, that didn’t happen,” he concluded.

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Pakistan’s final match versus Ireland is scheduled for this Sunday in Fort Lauderhill, Florida.

Canada vs India World Cup Match Called Off Due to Rain

The T20 World Cup 2024 game 33 between Canada vs India was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain and a wet outfield at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida.

In the game Canada vs India, early rain made the outfield wet and after two inspections by ICC officials, the game representative decided to call the match off and both teams got one point.

The recent spate of bad weather in Florida has also caused the United States of America (USA) to forfeit their match against Ireland on Friday, eliminating Pakistan from the T20 World Cup and sending the home team to the tournament’s Super 8.


2024 ICC Cricket World Cup points table, After South Africa vs Nepal


It is important to note that India has already earned a spot in the Super 8 and is grouped with Australia, Afghanistan, and either the Netherlands or Bangladesh.

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In the T20 World Cup, India won every game in their group. They managed to win their group stage campaign in Florida but lost to Pakistan, Ireland, and the United States in New York.

Canada World Cup Team:

Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Pargat Singh, Nicholas Kirton, Shreyas Movva (wk), Ravinderpal Singh, Saad Bin Zafar (c), Dillon Heyliger, Kaleem Sana, Junaid Siddiqui, Jeremy Gordon

India World Cup Squad: 

Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

Reserves: Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan.

 Team India’s Super 8 schedule

Thur, 20 June 2024 — Afghanistan v India, Barbados, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Sat, 22 June 2024 — India v Bangladesh/Netherlands, Antigua, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Mon, 24 June 2024 — Australia v India, St. Lucia, 10:30 AM LOCAL

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2024 ICC Cricket World Cup points table, After South Africa vs Nepal

In a low thrilling match of the 2024 T20 World Cup between South Africa and Nepal at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. South Africa defeated Nepal by one run. After this game, the ICC Cricket World Cup points table has been changed.

The top two teams will qualify from each group as there are a total of four groups and almost our super 8s are decided. Here is the update of the ICC Cricket World Cup points table after 32 games.

T20 World Cup 2024 Points Table:

Group A points:

2024 ICC Cricket World Cup points table, After South Africa vs Nepal

Group B points:

Group B

Group C points:

Group C

Group D points:

Group D

T20 World Cup 2024 Remaining Matches:

Sunday, June 16
Australia v Scotland (St Lucia)
Pakistan v Ireland (Florida)

Monday, June 17
Bangladesh v Nepal (St Vincent)
Sri Lanka v Netherlands (St Lucia)
New Zealand v Papua New Guinea (Trinidad)

Tuesday, June 18
West Indies v Afghanistan (St Lucia)

T20 World Cup Super 8 Matches:

Wednesday, June 19
A2 v D1 (Antigua)

Thursday, June 20
B1 v C2 (St Lucia)
C1 v A1 (Barbados)

Friday, June 21
B2 v D2 (Antigua)
B1 v D1 (St Lucia)

Saturday, June 22
A2 v C2 (Barbados)
A1 v D2 (Antigua)

Sunday, June 23
C1 v B2 (St Vincent)
A2 v B1 (Barbados)

Monday, June 24
C2 v D1 (Antigua)
B2 v A1 (St Lucia)

Tuesday, June 25
C1 v D2 (St Vincent)

Knock-out rounds

Thursday, June 27
Semi-final 1 (Guyana)
Semi-final 2 (Trinidad)

Saturday, June 29
Final (Barbados)

Nepal appeared to be on course to chase the 116-run total that South Africa had set, but the Proteas secured fast wickets in the closing stages to halt the run flow and win.

At one point, Aasif Sheikh and AK Sah combined for 50 runs in 36 balls to take the third wicket, and Nepal was up 85-2.

South Africa was topped by Tabraiz Shamsi, who scored 4-19 in four overs.

With eight runs needed to win, Ottneil Baartman was put in to bowl the last over. Baartman maintained composure to end the over with two dot balls after giving up a four on the third ball.


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On the last delivery of the last over, two runs were required. As Gulsan Jha attempted to run the ball past the keeper, Baartman struck a short ball, but he was unable to make contact with the bat. As Sompal Kami rushed across, wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock attempted to go for the bowler’s end, but the ball struck Jha’s back and deflected into cover. The batter was caught short by a yard when Klassen took up the ball and under-armed the flip onto the stumps at the bowler’s end.

With statistics of 4-19 in three overs, Kushal Bhurtel was Nepal’s best bowler. In the meantime, Dipendra Singh Airee held South Africa in check with a 3-21 score.

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The Proteas have won four straight games, which has already guaranteed them a spot in the Super 8. After three games, Nepal has yet to record a victory.

2024 T20 World Cup SA and NEP Teams:

South Africa Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Nepal Playing XI:

Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh(w), Anil Sah, Rohit Paudel(c), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abinash Bohara

2024 T20 World Cup: South Africa Defeats Nepal in Thriller

In a low thrilling match of the 2024 T20 World Cup between South Africa and Nepal at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent. South Africa defeated Nepal by one run.

Nepal appeared to be on course to chase the 116-run total that South Africa had set, but the Proteas secured fast wickets in the closing stages to halt the run flow and win.

At one point, Aasif Sheikh and AK Sah combined for 50 runs in 36 balls to take the third wicket, and Nepal was up 85-2.

South Africa was topped by Tabraiz Shamsi, who scored 4-19 in four overs.

With eight runs needed to win, Ottneil Baartman was put in to bowl the last over. Baartman maintained composure to end the over with two dot balls after giving up a four on the third ball.


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On the last delivery of the last over, two runs were required. As Gulsan Jha attempted to run the ball past the keeper, Baartman struck a short ball, but he was unable to make contact with the bat. As Sompal Kami rushed across, wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock attempted to go for the bowler’s end, but the ball struck Jha’s back and deflected into cover. The batter was caught short by a yard when Klassen took up the ball and under-armed the flip onto the stumps at the bowler’s end. South Africa captain Markram said after the match:

“Very grateful to have got the win, we were not near our best tonight. Reflecting back on the game over the next few days, there will be a lot of learnings for us. We have a good pace attack and you want to back that. I thought if we got the ball in the right areas, it would be challenging for the batters.”

“Moving forward some things may change. It’s one of the big challenges of cricket, being open-minded and adapting,” he added.

Nepal won the toss and asked the South African team to bat first.

Batting first, South Africa was restricted to 115-7 in 20 overs after a clinical bowling display by Nepal.

Reeza Hendricks, the opener, was South Africa’s leading run-scorer with 43 runs in 49 balls. In 18 balls, Tristan Stubbs scored an undefeated 27 runs.

With statistics of 4-19 in three overs, Kushal Bhurtel was Nepal’s best bowler. In the meantime, Dipendra Singh Airee held South Africa in check with a 3-21 score.

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The Proteas have won four straight games, which has already guaranteed them a spot in the Super 8. After three games, Nepal has yet to record a victory.

2024 T20 World Cup SA and NEP Teams:

South Africa Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Nepal Playing XI:

Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh(w), Anil Sah, Rohit Paudel(c), Kushal Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulsan Jha, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abinash Bohara

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