The Proteas are out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after suffering an embarrassing 13-run defeat to the Netherlands on Sunday.
Needing to win to reach the semi-finals, the South Africans conceded a competitive 158 for four. This is after winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
The response was a difficult one in which they lost wickets regularly to eventually end on 145 for eight. That left them well short as the Dutch secured a first-ever win against the Proteas in any format of the game.
PROTEAS OUT OF WORLD CUP AFTER TERRIBLE PERFOMANCE
It was a forgettable performance for Temba Bavuma and his side in a match that was described as a quarter-final 24 hours earlier by all-rounder Wayne Parnell. That meant there was no room for error. As the South Africans knew that only victory will secure them a ticket into the last four of the competition.
Bavuma and Quinton de Kock were slow out of the blocks returning run-a-ball efforts of 20 and 13 respectively. The South Africans stumbled to 39 for two at the end of the powerplay. Rilee Rossouw (25) was more attacking alongside Markram (17). But both departed before the 100 was raised, adding pressure on the middle and lower order.
Possibly the turning point if the match was early in the 16th over when Roelof van der Merwe claimed a stunning catch to dismiss David Miller for 17. The former Protea, who played for South Africa at the T20 World Cups in 2009 and 2010, sprinted back from short fine leg to square leg all the time looking upwards at the ball before throwing himself low to take the catch centimeters above the ground.
At that stage 47 were required off 29 balls. But that strike proved key for the Dutch. The chase then faded badly from there as scoreboard pressure told and South Africa limped to a forgettable 145 for eight. It what was Mark Boucher’s final match as coach.