India’s Historic World Cup Win After 17-Years

Tema India has successfully won the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Final, after defeating South Africa by 7 runs in the great game of cricket written in history at the Kensington Oval, Barbados, on Saturday.

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After winning the T20 World Cup 2024 final, India joined the West Indies and England to become the time champions of the T20 World Cup event. India defeated Pakistan in the final in 2007 and today won the same title for the second time.

India was guaranteed to lose, but in the 16th and 17th overs, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya changed the course of events in favor of Rohit Sharma’s team.

When chasing the mark, the Proteas struggled early on, losing two wickets in Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram, but South Africa regained control thanks to a 68-run partnership between Quinton de Kock and Tristan Stubbs.

Heinrich Klaasen had taken Axar Patel to task, thrashing him for 22 runs in the 15th over, leaving South Africa with everything in their hands. The Proteas appeared to be the clear favorites to win the match, but India’s never-say-die mentality took things away from them in the closing overs.

When Pandya dismissed Klaasen after 52 runs, South Africa’s problems began. With one ball remaining in the final over, David Miller was dismissed by Pandya, and Suryakumar Yadav made one of the best catches of the competition. The Proteas needed 16 runs to win.

After eight overs allotted, the Proteas were 169-8 at the end of their innings. Pandya took three wickets for India, Arshdeep and Bumrah each took two, and Patel claimed one wicket.

With the help of six fours and two sixes, Virat Kohli top-scored for the Indian team earlier in the first innings with 76 runs on 59 balls.

India got off to a great start, scoring 15 runs in the opening over thanks to three fours from Kohli to Marco Jensen. India’s aggressive approach was maintained by Rohit Sharma, but the captain lost his wicket in the second over after hitting two boundaries against Keshav Maharaj.

In the same over, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant also lost his wicket shortly after the 37-year-old was dismissed.

After Kagiso Rabada dismissed Suryakumar Yadav, India suffered yet another setback as the Blues defeated them 34-3 in 4.3 overs. Although it appeared like Sharma’s team might fall apart quickly, a crucial breakthrough was made when Kohli and Axar Patel combined for 72 runs.

While leading the charge and blasting sixes against the Proteas, Patel lost his wicket inexplicably when Quinton de Kock ran him out for 47 runs.

Kohli persisted in his assault, eventually reaching his half-century on 48 balls—the slowest pace in Twenty20 Internationals. But the 35-year-old accelerated his innings immediately after reaching 50, giving Jesnen the wicket.

Importantly, Shivam Dube scored 27 runs off of just 16 balls. Rabada and Jensen each took one wicket, while Maharaj and Anrich Nortje claimed two wickets apiece for Africa.

T20 World Cup 2024 Final Playing XIs

India Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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