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Despair for Nepal as South Africa Clinch Nail-Biter

Despair for Nepal as South Africa Clinch Nail-Biter

Match Summary

South Africa defeated Nepal by the narrowest of margins in a heart-stopping match at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent. Fans were left on the edge of their seats during the final-ball drama, and the outcome made a significant impact on the Super Eight hopes of both teams.

  • Date: Friday, 14 June 2024


  • Venue: Arnos Vale Ground, St Vincent


  • Toss: Nepal won the toss and elected to field


  • Result: South Africa won by 1 run

First Innings: South Africa’s Struggle

South Africa’s innings got off to a cautious start, with Reeza Hendricks (43) anchoring the top order. However, Nepal’s spinners, led by Kushal Bhurtel (4/19) and Dipendra Singh Airee (3/21), applied the brakes. The Proteas managed a modest total of 115/7, thanks to some late fireworks from Tristan Stubbs (27* off 18 balls).

Second Innings: Nepal’s Brave Chase

Nepal’s chase seemed well in control until Tabraiz Shamsi (4/19) turned the tide with a crucial double-wicket 18th over. Aasif Sheikh (42 off 49) fought valiantly, but the required rate climbed. Sompal Kami and 18-year-old Gulsan Jha kept the contest alive, needing 8 runs from the final over. However, Ottneil Baartman’s nerveless bowling sealed the deal for South Africa.

Key Performers

  • Player of the Match: Tabraiz Shamsi (SA) – His spell turned the game in South Africa’s favor.


  • Top Bowlers: Kushal Bhurtel (NEP) and Dipendra Singh Airee (NEP) – Their spin wizardry stifled the Proteas.


  • Top Batsmen: Reeza Hendricks (SA) and Aasif Sheikh (NEP) – Their contributions were crucial.


Nepal’s valiant effort fell agonizingly short, but their spirited play won hearts. South Africa, meanwhile, must raise their game in the Super Eights. As the tournament unfolds, cricket fans worldwide eagerly await more nail-biters and unforgettable moments.


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