SA Cruises to T20 World Cup Final with Big Win Over AFG

In the T20 World Cup 2024, the semi-final game was held between South Africa vs Afghanistan at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad. South Africa threw Afghanistan out of the tournament with an easy victory.


The last time the South African team played a World Cup finals was in the year 1998 when proteas, when the Proteas won the Champions Trophy, which was first awarded as the ICC Knockout Trophy, in Dhaka.

In the South Africa vs Afghanistan, Africa chased a low target of 57 runs in just 8.5 overs with the loss of only one wicket. The Afghan team was all-out on just 56 runs.

Fazalhaq Farooqi removed Quinton de Kock (5 off 8) early in the innings, but South Africa easily over the finish line with to the efforts of captain Aiden Markram (23 off 21) and opener Reeza Hendricks (29 off 25).

Afghanistan had earlier chosen to bat against South Africa after winning the toss.

After a brilliant bowling performance by the Proteas, Afghanistan was knocked out for just 56 runs in 11.5 overs while batting first.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje each took two wickets, while Marco Jansen and Tabrazi Shamsi got three wickets apiece.

Azmatullah Omarzai was the only player to reach double figures in a poor batting performance with 10 runs.

Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz were all sent out for a duck.

The lowest total scored by a team in a T20 World Cup semifinal is 56 all-out. Afghanistan’s T20I total is also the lowest to date.

In men’s T20Is, this is also the lowest total ever in a knockout game. The previous low was 62 all-out against Uganda in the 2023 ACA Cup semifinals for Botswana.

Lowest totals by a team in T20 World Cups

55 – ENG vs WI, Dubai, 2021

56 – AFG vs SA, Tarouba, 2024*

60 – NZ vs SL, Chattogram, 2014

70 – BAN vs NZ, Kolkata, 2016

“Think the guys played really well and executed well. For us, it was just sticking to the plan and bowling our best ball. The assessment was the wicket was giving us a few to work with and we just wanted to keep it simple. We will enjoy [the win] and be on it again tomorrow,” Marco Jansen said after bagging the Player of the Match award.

Both teams made no changes to their lineup for this match.

South Africa vs Afghanistan Teams:

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

Afghanistan Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan (c), Nangeyalia Kharote, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

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