India Clinch Second T20 World Cup Title, Defeat South Africa by 7 Runs

Sun, Jun 30, 2024 12:11 AM

India has won their second ICC Men's T20 World Cup title, defeating South Africa by 7 runs in a thrilling final at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Key Match Highlights of ICC Men's T20 World Cup (India Vs South Africa):

  • India posted 176/7 in their 20 overs, with Virat Kohli scoring a brilliant 76 off 59 balls. Keshav Maharaj and Anrich Nortje were the pick of the South African bowlers.
  • Chasing 177, South Africa was off to a shaky start, losing three wickets inside the Powerplay. However, Heinrich Klaasen (58 off 35 balls) and David Miller (49 off 31 balls) put on a 92-run stand to revive the chase.
  • With 18 runs needed off the final over, Klaasen was dismissed by Hardik Pandya, shifting the momentum back in India's favour. Jasprit Bumrah then held his nerve to defend 7 runs in the final over, as South Africa fell short by 7 runs.
  • Axar Patel scored a crucial 27* off 13 balls and also picked up 2 wickets.
  • This is India's second ICC T20 World Cup title, having previously won the inaugural edition in 2007. For South Africa, it was their first-ever appearance in a senior men's ICC World Cup final.
  • The match was played under the threat of inclement weather, with an Atlantic storm named Beryl looming over Barbados. However, the rain held off, and the final was completed without any interruptions.

In the end, it was India's experience and composure under pressure that proved to be the difference, as they clinched a thrilling 7-run victory to lift their second T20 World Cup trophy. This triumph will significantly boost Indian cricket, while South Africa will be left to ponder what could have been in their historic first final appearance.

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