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ICC T20 WC: South Africa almost knocked out by Netherlands

The Netherlands' Tom Cooper plays a shot over the boundary line for six runs watched by South Africa's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (L) during their m
The Netherlands' Tom Cooper plays a shot over the boundary line for six runs watched by South Africa's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock (L) during their men's Twenty20 World Cup match
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Netherlands virtually knocked South Africa out of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup after they won their final Group 1 clash at the Adelaide Oval by 13 runs at Sunday afternoon.

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 After being asked to bat Netherlands posted 158 for four in their 20 overs and in their response South Africa finished on 145 for eight in their 20 overs.

Netherlands got off to a fine start as they put on 58. Stephan Myburg and Max O'Dowd started off well with their aggressive approach. Then O'Dowd added a further 39 runs for the second wicket with Tom Cooper (35). Then Colin Ackermann (41 not out) took charge of the innings as he added crucial runs with skipper Scott Edwards. Netherlands finished on 158 for four in their 20 overs. For South Africa the best bowler was Keshav Maharaj (2-27).

In their response South Africa kept losing wickets at regular intervals. All the batters got off to good starts but just could not carry it forward. At one stage South Africa were 90 for four and were still in the hunt. But when David Miller fell to a brilliant running catch by Roelof van der Merwe and the game turned on its head. Towards the end South Africa innings completely lost its shape and then finished on 145 for eight in their 20 overs. For Netherlands the best bowlers were Brandon Glover (3-9), Bas de Leede (2-25) and Fred Klaasen (2-20).

Match Summary
Netherlands: 158-4 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-58 (Stephan Myburgh-8.3 ov), 2-97 (Max O'Dowd-12.4 ov), 3-112 (Tom Cooper-14.6 ov), 4-123 (Bas de Leede-17.1 ov)

South Africa: 145-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Quinton de Kock-2.4 ov), 2-39 (Temba Bavuma, 5.6 ov), 3-64 (Rilee Rossouw-9.3 ov), 4-90 (Aiden Markram-12.3 ov), 5-112 (David Miller-15.2 ov), 6-113 (Wayne Parnell-15.4 ov), 7-120 (Heinrich Klaasen-17.3 ov), 8-141 (Keshav Maharaj-19.5 ov)

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Playing XI
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Max O'Dowd, Tom Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards (captain & wicket-keeper), Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Brandon Glover

Match Details:
Toss: South Africa, elected to field
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Start time: 0000 hrs GMT
Match officials: Langton Rusere, Michael Gough (On-field Umpires); Richard Illingworth (TV Umpire); Joel Wilson (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)

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