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Internet Reacts To Nepal’s Heartbreaking One-Run Loss To South Africa In T20 World Cup

South Africa clinched a thrilling one-run victory over Nepal in their T20 World Cup 2024 clash, progressing unbeaten to the Super 8s. Despite Nepal's spirited chase, Tabraiz Shamsi's pivotal four-wicket haul turned the tide, dashing Nepal's hopes and sparking social media reactions.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Jun 15, 2024 10:59 IST
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South Africa seals thrilling win over Nepal in T20 World Cup 2024 Group D, advancing unbeaten to Super 8s.
South Africa seals thrilling win over Nepal in T20 World Cup 2024 Group D, advancing unbeaten to Super 8s.

South Africa secured a thrilling one-run win against Nepal in their T20 World Cup 2024 Group D clash on Saturday (IST). With this victory, the Proteas maintain a perfect record in the group stage, advancing undefeated into the Super 8s.

Despite facing a potential defeat as Nepal’s Rohit Paudel and team chased 116 confidently, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi’s four-wicket haul shifted momentum in South Africa’s favor, allowing them to snatch victory from Nepal on the final ball.

Nepal’s elimination from the Super 8s race sparked a social media frenzy, leaving many fans heartbroken. Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar and popular VJ Nikhil Chinapa also praised Nepal for their performance.

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Needing eight runs from the last over to secure a surprising victory chase of 116, Nepal agonizingly fell short at 114/7. Gulshan Jha was run out on the final ball attempting a single to force a super over against Ottneil Baartman.

Leg-spinner Kushal Bhurtel (4/19) and off-spinner Dipendra Singh Airee (3/21) restricted South Africa to 115/7. In response, Aasif Sheikh (42) and Anil Sah (27) formed a crucial 50-run partnership, bringing Nepal close to a win that would have kept their Super Eight hopes alive.

‘We are very proud of our team, especially our bowling and batting efforts. We assessed the pitch yesterday and anticipated it would be slow. It indeed assisted spinners, prompting us to rely on Kushal Bhurtel and continue with our spin options,’ remarked Nepal captain Paudel post-match.

‘We were nearly there, but fell just short. Despite struggling in crucial moments, we fought valiantly. With more matches against such teams, we’ll aim to be on the winning side next time. I extend heartfelt thanks to our fans for their unwavering support; we deeply appreciate it,’ he concluded.

First published on: Jun 15, 2024 10:59 AM IST

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