South Africa overcame fear


The target was not too big, just 104 runs. Many people assumed that the Proteas will easily win the batting lineup of South Africa and the Dutch bowling. But the victory did not come so easily. Rather, the Proteas were in danger of losing in the run chase.

In the end, however, the incident did not happen. South Africa overcame a scare to pull off a comfortable win at the Nassau County Stadium in New York. They beat the Netherlands by 4 wickets with 7 balls in hand.

The Netherlands bowlers put the Proteas under pressure early in the run chase. 3 for 3 runs and 4 wickets for 12 runs, South Africa was doing well. Tristan Stubbs and David Miller pulled the team from there.

South Africa lost their wicket on the first ball in a run chase. Quinton de Kock falls into the runout trap. Riza Hendricks (3 off 10 balls) was bowled by Logan Von Beek in the next over.

Proteas lost another wicket in the third over. Captain Aiden Markram (0 from 3 balls) was caught by the wicket-keeper after touching the bat of Vivian Kingma’s leg side. Heinrich Klaasen (4 off 7) then became Kingma’s second victim.

The Proteas were losing 4 wickets for 12 runs. Tristan Stubbs and David Miller led the team from there. They added 65 runs from 72 balls for the fifth wicket. Stubbs, who played a responsible innings of 33 runs off 37 balls, finally broke the pair at the base of the lead.

Before losing the toss, the Netherlands were disoriented by the pace attack of Baartman-Norkia-Jansen. They lost 3 wickets for 17 runs and 6 wickets for 48 runs.

From there, Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan von Beek scored 54 runs off 45 balls to save the Dutch. Engelbrecht scored 40 off 45 balls, von Bick 23 off 22 balls. In the end, Netherlands scored 103 runs for 9 wickets.

Otenis Bartman took 4 wickets for just 11 runs. Marco Janssen and Henrich Norkier took two wickets each.

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