South Africa's T20 World Cup Dreams Dashed
Rilee Rossouw of South Africa out during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 cricket match between South Africa and the Netherlands at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Sunday, November 6, 2022. (AAP Image/Matt Turner)

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – The Netherlands lit up the final day of Group 2 action on Sunday in Adelaide, Australia, when they dashed South Africa’s semi-final hopes at the Twenty20 World Cup by pulling off a huge upset against Temba Bavuma’s team.

Cricket South Africa said: “The Netherlands’ bowlers came up with the goods as they held their nerve to claim the win.”

Their 13-run victory was a gift to India, sending them through to the semi-finals and injecting fresh life into Pakistan’s bid for a place in the last four. Pakistan beat Bangladesh by five wickets in their final Super 12 match to join Group 2 rivals India in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup in Adelaide on Sunday.

India, who conclude their group campaign against Zimbabwe later on Sunday in Melbourne, and Pakistan are level on six points, while South Africa finished on five.

New Zealand and England have qualified for the semi-finals from Group 1.

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