USA vs South Africa: SA Defeats USA in Super 8 Battle

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USA vs South Africa: SA Defeats USA in Super 8 Battle
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On Wednesday, a high-scoring thrilling game of ICC World Cup 2024 between USA vs South Africa at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound. The African team defeated the USA by 18 runs and got the top position in the points table of Super 8s.

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South Africa posted a total of 195 runs target in 20 overs, from Proteas blowing unit Kagiso Rabada did an amazing job for the team and clinched three wickets in four overs.

With Steven Taylor spearheading the attack against the Proteas pacers, the USA had a strong start chasing the target, but Rabada’s removal of the left-handed hitter on just 24 runs gave his team their first breakthrough.

After Taylor was removed, the USA dropped wickets at regular intervals. Shayan Jahangir (3), Corey Anderson (2), Nitish Kumar (8), and captain Aaron Jones (0) all returned to the pavilion empty-handed.


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At one point, the USA needed 28 runs from 12 balls, so it was quite unlikely that they could tie the score. However, Andries Gous and Harmeet Singh’s 91-run objective made things difficult for the Proteas.

But when Rabada got the ball in the 19th over, he calmed his side’s fears once more by getting rid of Harmeet on the first ball, which put an end to the USA’s attack. After Harmeet (38 off 22) was out of the game, things became tough for the USA, who ended their innings at 176-6 in 20 overs. Gous used ten boundaries to score 80 off of 47.

Earlier, Reeza Hendricks continued his poor form and departed to the pavilion after only 11 runs, leaving his team 16-1 after 2.4 overs. South Africa, asked to bat first, did not have the best of starts.

Quinton de Kock, however, chose to take control of their innings and played his finest performance of the tournament, collecting 74 runs on 40 balls with the aid of seven fours and five sixes. Despite losing one wicket, the Proteas rallied quickly.

The 110-run stand between De Kock and captain Aiden Markram gave the Proteas the upper hand. South Africa lost wickets quickly after the wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed, with David Miller (0) and Markram (46) going back to the pavilion.

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Tristan Stubbs (20 off 16) and Heinrich Klaasen (36 off 22) batted all the way to the end, helping South Africa finish their innings at 194-4 in the allotted overs. Saurabh Netravalkar took two wickets for just 21 runs for the USA.

USA vs South Africa Playing XIs

South Africa Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

USA Playing XI:

Steven Taylor, Shayan Jahangir, Andries Gous (wk), Aaron Jones (c), Nitish Kumar, Corey Anderson, Harmeet Singh, Jasdeep Singh, Nosthush Kenjige, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar

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