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South Africa knock West Indies out to enter semi-final with nervy win

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South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign has been a masterclass in resilience. After six tense victories, they’ve defied the odds once again, securing a semi-final berth with a dramatic win over co-hosts West Indies. This dominant group stage finish likely avoids a clash with India in the last four, fueling the burning question: could this finally be South Africa’s time to claim an elusive ICC trophy?

The narrative surrounding the Proteas has long been one of near misses and heartbreak. Yet, a newfound tenacity seems to be rewriting their script. They’re winning close encounters, reminiscent of the Springboks’ nail-biting victories in last year’s Rugby World Cup. This fighting spirit has propelled them to their first T20 World Cup knockout stage appearance in a decade.

Leading this charge is a young captain with a World Cup pedigree. Aiden Markram, who captained the U-19 champions in 2014, is now steering the senior team with a unique approach. His decision to open the bowling with spin in the West Indies clash paid dividends. This unconventional tactic, rarely seen in South Africa’s T20 World Cup history, choked the Windies’ batsmen. Their spinners collectively stifled the West Indies’ scoring, restricting them to numerous dot balls – the highest recorded in the tournament so far.

While West Indies bowlers started strong, reducing South Africa to a precarious 15-2 early on, their batting ultimately let them down. Only a partnership between Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase provided resistance, with other batsmen failing to convert starts. Chasing a revised target due to rain, South Africa relied on the lower order heroics of Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen to seal the win.

This thrilling victory over the Windies is a testament to South Africa’s evolving approach. They’re no longer the team that crumbles under pressure. Instead, they’re a team that embraces the fight, adapts to situations, and finds a way to win. With this newfound spirit and a bit of luck, South Africa might just rewrite their World Cup story and finally claim their long-awaited ICC title.

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