T20 World Cup Final: India Beat South Africa by Seven Runs

India Clinches T20 World Cup Title in Thrilling Victory Over South Africa

  • Publish date: Sunday، 30 June 2024
T20 World Cup Final: India Beat South Africa by Seven Runs

India emerged victorious in a thrilling T20 World Cup final against South Africa, clinching their first world title in 13 years. The dramatic match, held in Barbados, saw India triumph by seven runs.

T20 World Cup Final, Barbados:

  • India: 176-7 (20 overs): Kohli 76 (59), Axar 47 (31); Maharaj 2-23, Nortje 2-26
  • South Africa: 169-8 (20 overs): Klaasen 52 (27); Hardik 3-20

In a tense chase, South Africa needed 26 runs from the last 24 balls to reach the target of 177. However, the turning point came with the dismissal of Heinrich Klaasen, who scored a rapid 52 off 27 balls. His wicket shifted the momentum in India’s favor.

Arshdeep Singh's penultimate over, which conceded only four runs, set the stage for Hardik Pandya to defend 16 runs in the final over. The pressure was immense, but Pandya rose to the occasion. David Miller, who had been playing crucial innings, was sensationally caught by Suryakumar Yadav at long-off for 21 on the first ball of the over, which further tilted the game towards India.

Virat Kohli, the superstar of the Indian team, played a pivotal role, scoring 76 off 59 balls and helping India post a competitive total of 176-7. Axar Patel also contributed significantly with a quickfire 47 off 31 balls.

This victory marks India's second T20 World Cup title, the first being the inaugural tournament in 2007. It is also their first World Cup win in any format since the 2011 50-over competition.

For South Africa, the loss was a painful reminder of their past World Cup heartbreaks. Despite a strong performance throughout the tournament, they fell agonizingly short in the final moments of the game.

The win sparked jubilant celebrations among Indian players and fans, with Barbados witnessing a sea of blue as supporters cheered their team’s historic achievement.

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