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T20 World Cup 2024 final: India wins in Barbados after 13-year draught

T20 World Cup 2024 final: India wins in Barbados after 13-year draught

India edge South Africa in thriller to win T20 World Cup title

The ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup was won by India in a nail-biting final, edging out South Africa by seven runs. The match was a fitting climax to a sensational tournament, with both unbeaten teams battling fiercely for the prestigious title. India’s triumph marked their first T20 World Cup win in over a decade, while South Africa’s quest for their inaugural world title continues.


The Epic Battle Unfolds

The stage was set at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, where cricket fans worldwide were treated to an unforgettable final. India’s captain won the toss and opted to bat first, setting the tone for a high-stakes encounter.

India's Innings: Kohli's Masterclass

India posted a formidable total of 176/7, thanks in large part to an attritional 76 from the ever-reliable Virat Kohli. Despite losing key wickets early, with Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant falling in quick succession to Keshav Maharaj, and Suryakumar Yadav being dismissed cheaply by Kagiso Rabada, India managed to stabilize their innings.


Virat Kohli and Axar Patel formed a vital partnership, adding 72 runs for the fourth wicket. Their stand was broken by a superb piece of fielding from Quinton de Kock, who ran out Axar with a direct hit. Kohli continued to anchor the innings, forging another crucial partnership with Shivam Dube. However, South Africa made late inroads, with Anrich Nortje’s double strike in the final over, removing Dube and Ravindra Jadeja, limiting India’s total.

South Africa's Chase: De Kock and Klaasen's Heroics

South Africa’s chase began on a shaky note, losing Reeza Hendricks to a perfect delivery from Jasprit Bumrah in the second over, followed by Aiden Markram’s dismissal by Arshdeep Singh. Quinton de Kock steadied the ship, partnering with Tristan Stubbs for a 58-run stand.


After Stubbs fell to Axar Patel, Heinrich Klaasen joined de Kock, and the duo kept South Africa’s hopes alive. De Kock’s valuable 39 came to an end as he was caught by Kuldeep Yadav off Arshdeep Singh. David Miller and Klaasen then took the attack to the Indian bowlers, bringing the required run-rate down to a run a ball with 30 runs needed.


However, Klaasen’s departure for 52, caught behind off Hardik Pandya, and Miller’s dismissal in the final over to a brilliant catch by Suryakumar Yadav, turned the tide in India’s favor. Despite the best efforts of Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada, South Africa fell agonizingly short, finishing eight runs shy of the target.

Fan Reactions:

– “What a final! Kudos to both teams for such a thrilling game. Congrats India! #INDvsSA #T20WorldCupFinal”

– “Virat Kohli’s 76 was a masterclass under pressure. Well-deserved win for India! #ViratKohli #Cricket”

– “Heartbreak for South Africa, but they played brilliantly. Klaasen and De Kock were superb. #QuintonDeKock #HeinrichKlaasen”

India’s triumph in the T20 World Cup final against South Africa will be remembered as one of the most thrilling matches in cricket history. As the cricketing world celebrates, the players and fans look forward to more exciting contests and the next opportunity for glory on the global stage.

This triumph propels India into the final, where they will face South Africa. The anticipation is palpable, as fans gear up for what promises to be an epic showdown. The team’s journey has been nothing short of inspirational, marked by determination, skill, and a never-say-die attitude.

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