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The Proteas celebrate. Image: ICC Media Zone

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T20 World Cup: Proteas reach their first-ever finals!

Proteas make history, reaching their first T20 World Cup final. South Africa dominates Afghanistan, eyes ultimate glory in Barbados.

27-06-24 09:51
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The Proteas celebrate. Image: ICC Media Zone

South Africa’s cricket team, the Proteas, have achieved a remarkable feat by reaching their first-ever World Cup final. On Thursday morning, they secured a resounding nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the T20 World Cup semifinal in Trinidad, setting the stage for a potentially groundbreaking moment in South African cricket history.


All-rounder Marco Jansen led the Proteas’ attack, claiming an impressive 3/16. Spin bowler Tabraiz Shamsi contributed significantly, taking 3/6 to dismantle Afghanistan’s tail.

Their combined effort, along with strong support from the rest of the bowling unit, saw the opponents bowled out for a mere 56 runs.

The South African bowlers displayed exceptional skill and strategy, exploiting the conditions and keeping constant pressure on the Afghan batsmen.

This collective effort underscored the depth and versatility of the Proteas’ bowling attack, a key factor in their successful run in the tournament.


South Africa’s batting display was equally impressive. Reeza Hendricks (29 not out) and captain Aiden Markram (23 not out) forged an unbroken 55-run partnership.

They effortlessly chased down the target, reaching 60/1 in the ninth over with 67 balls to spare.

The ease with which the Proteas achieved the target highlighted their batting strength and confidence.

Despite losing an early wicket, the team showed no signs of pressure, methodically working towards the required total with poise and skill.


Shamsi expressed pride in the team’s success, stating, “It’s really a proud moment. Obviously we’ve had great teams in the past, and great players, so we’re really happy with the achievement.”

He added, “It’s for the whole country and for the players who have played before us. But it’s just another step closer to us achieving the goal we came here to achieve.”


Despite the elation, Shamsi emphasised the need to remain focused. He remarked, “It’s obviously amazing that we’re going to play in the final but we’ve got one more hurdle to overcome.”

This sentiment echoes the team’s determination to clinch the ultimate victory in the tournament.

The Proteas are clearly not content with merely reaching the final; their sights are firmly set on lifting the trophy.


Jansen, named Player of the Match, addressed the long-standing ‘chokers’ tag associated with the national team. He said, “Going into this final we’re very confident, and we’re just going to give our best, and whatever happens, happens.”

He added, “We all know in a final anything can happen… but in terms of the ‘chokers’ label, I personally think we’ve changed that a little in this World Cup.”

This statement reflects a shift in mindset within the team. The Proteas appear to have overcome the psychological barrier that has haunted them in previous tournaments, approaching the final with confidence rather than trepidation.


South Africa’s unbeaten streak of eight matches in the tournament has bolstered their confidence. This consistent performance throughout the World Cup demonstrates their readiness for the ultimate challenge.

The team now awaits the outcome of the India versus England semifinal to determine their opponent in Saturday’s final in Barbados.

As the Proteas stand on the brink of a historic triumph, cricket fans worldwide eagerly anticipate what promises to be an exhilarating T20 World Cup final.