World Twenty20, Highlights: South Africa beat Netherlands by 6 runs in thriller

Updated: 27 March 2014 18:53 IST

Led by a great bowling effort from Imran Tahir (4/21) and then Dale Steyn (4/19), South Africa recovered well to prevent an upset at the hands of Netherlands after posting just 145/9 at the end of their 20 overs. For Netherlands, opener Stephan Myburgh almost scripted a historic win with his knock of 51 off just 28 balls but it wasn't good enough in the end. Ahsan Malik (5/19) made history by recording the first five-wicket haul of the tournament earlier in the match when South Africa were batting. Catch highlights here.

South Africa beat Netherlands by 6 runs in a thriller at Chittagong. Catch highlights here: (Match scorecard | Commentary | Points Table | Match report)


18:31 (IST): So South Africa survived a scare at Chittagong today as they were staring at defeat against The Netherlands at one point of time in the match. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis said that it was a great fightback from the bowlers but hoped that his team will perform better in future matches. Netherlands skipper Peter Borren said that it was a shame that they had lost after being in a winning position. Imran Tahir (4/21) was deservedly the Man of the Match for doing the job for South Africa in pressure situations.

18:17 (IST): South Africa (145/9, Amla 43; Malik 5/19) beat Netherlands (139, Myburgh 51; Tahir 4/21, Steyn 2/19) by 6 runs at Chittagong.


18:11 (IST): WICKET! Mudassar Bukhari c David Miller b Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11. Netherlands 134/9 (17.4 overs). They need 12 runs off 14 balls to win.


18:10 (IST): The last three overs coming up. This is turning out to be a very interesting match. Netherlands need 14 runs to win off 18 balls. NED 132/8 (17 overs).


17:59 (IST): WICKET! Logan Van Beek run out David Miller 1. Netherlands 125/8 (15.2 overs). Need 21 runs off 28 balls to win.


17:50 (IST): WICKET! Pieter Seelaar c Duminy b Imran Tahir 2. Birthday boy Tahir finishes up with figures of 4/21. Netherlands 118/7 (13.5 overs).


17:47 (IST): WICKET! Tom Cooper b Imran Tahir 16. Netherlands in a spot of bother now. They are 116/6 (13.1 overs). Need 30 more to win off 41 balls.


17:44 (IST): WICKET! Ben Cooper c Quinton de Kock b Dale Steyn 5. That was a lethal short delivery bound to get even the best of batsmen out! Netherlands 116/5 (12.5 overs). Need 30 more to win from 43 balls.


17:43 (IST): We are heading towards an upset, guys! Netherlands now need just 32 runs off 48 balls to win vs South Africa. NED 114/4 (12 overs). Dale Steyn comes back to bowl.


17:39 (IST): Tom Cooper and Ben Cooper take centrestage now for Netherlands as 100 comes up in the eleventh over. Netherlands 101/4 (11 overs). They need just 45 runs off 45 balls to win but have only six wickets in hand.

17:32 (IST): WICKET! Peter Borren lbw b Imran Tahir 13. The captain has to go! The match is back in the balance now. Netherlands 97/4 (10.3 overs).


17:31 (IST): Netherlands going at nine an over at the halfway stage chasing 146 vs South Africa. NED 90/3 (10 overs).


17:24 (IST): WICKET! Wesley Barressi lbw b Imran Tahir 14. Netherlands 82/3 (8.3 overs).


17:19 (IST): WICKET! Stephan Myburgh b JP Duminy 51. Netherlands 80/2 (7.5 overs). They need just 66 runs off 73 balls to win. It could turn out to be a historic win, this.

17:16 (IST): Myburgh gets 50. This is the second fastest vs South Africa in T20 internationals (off 25 balls). Netherlands 65/1 (6.2 overs). This might get over quickly, finishing in Netherlands' favour.


17:11 (IST): WICKET! Michael Swart c Faf du Plessis b Dale Steyn 8. Stunning catch by the captain there! Netherlands 58/1 (5.5 overs).

17:08 (IST): Kaboom! Stephan Myburgh on fire! A six and two fours again off Tsotsobe's last over (5th of the innings) and it went for 15 runs in all. Netherlands 51/0 (5 overs).


17:00 (IST): What seems to be wrong with South Africa today? They have allowed Netherlands to get to 30 after just three overs. Myburgh came to the party in the last over from Tsotsobe and he got 18 off it. (a six and three fours). Netherlands 30/0 (3 overs) chasing 146 vs South Africa. Dale Steyn to bowl now!


16:53 (IST): Beuran Hendricks goes for a bit of a beating here in his first over, Netherlands' second. NED 11/0 (1.3 overs). South Africa have to be careful here in terms of leaking runs. They don't have many to defend.


16:38 (IST): Ahsan Malik's figures of 5/19 are the second best against South Africa in T20I matches. Umar Gul with figures of 5/6 at Centurion in 2013 is currently at the top.

16:37 (IST): Netherlands restrict South Africa to 145/9 (20 overs). Ahsan Malik (5/19); Hashim Amla (43).


16:27 (IST): Ahsan Malik finishes with figures of 5/19. Amazing! This is the first five-wicket haul of the tournament!


16:25 (IST): WICKET! Ahsan Malik gets five! David Miller b Malik 17. South Africa 135/9 (18.5 overs).

16:23 (IST): WICKET! Beuran Hendricks c Borren b Malik 5. South Africa 133/8 (18.1 overs). What a day for Malik! He has already got four wickets and still has five balls left in his last over.


16:16 (IST): WICKET! Dale Steyn c Barressi b Malik 5. South Africa 127/7 (16.5 overs). Steyn fired a boundary on the previous ball but this time got a faint edge while trying to clear it for another one on the off-side, and the wicketkeeper caught it easily.


16:10 (IST): WICKET! JP Duminy c Barressi b Van Gugten 12. South Africa 120/6 (15.5 overs).


16:09 (IST): Last five overs coming up for South Africa. They need to get the maximum runs out of them. South Africa 114/5 (15 overs). David Miller (6*), JP Duminy (12*).


16:06 (IST): A look at Ahsan Malik's figures. They read 2/9 in two overs bowled so far. Amazing!


15:59 (IST): WICKET! Albie Morkel c Ben Cooper b Malik 5. South Africa 102/5 (13 overs). Expect the run-rate to drop now. It's already gone down to a little less than 8 an over.

15:49 (IST): WICKET! AB de Villiers c  Ben Cooper b Van Beek 21. South Africa 92/4 (10.1 overs).


15:43 (IST): WICKET! Faf du Plessis c Van Beek b Tom Cooper 24. South Africa 84/3 (8.5 overs).


15:33 (IST): A breezy start by South Africa but they are just keeping their nose ahead in this game after the powerplay overs with 58 runs on board despite losing two wickets. South Africa 58/2 (6 overs). Faf du Plessis (6*), AB de Villiers (6*).


15:23 (IST): WICKET! Hashim Amla departs after a breezy knock. Amla c Barressi b Jamil 43 (22 balls). South Africa 45/2 (4.3 overs).


15:15 (IST): Hashim Amla makes things difficult for the Netherlands by getting a six and four boundaries in the third over off Michael Swart. South Africa 33/1 (3 overs).

15:05 (IST): WICKET! Quinton de Kock c Stephan Myburgh b Michael Swart 0. South Africa 3/1 (0.5 overs).


Playing XIs


Stephan Myburgh, MR Swart, W Barresi, Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, Peter Borren, Mudassar Bukhari, LV van Beek, T van der Gugten, PM Seelaar, MAA Jamil

South Africa

Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

14:35 (IST): Netherlands win the toss and elect to bowl first vs South Africa at Chittagong. Peter Borren, who thinks the dew might be a factory today, says Netherlands are going to field an unchanged side. For South Africa, Beuran Hendricks comes in place of Morne Morkel, as revealed by captain Faf du Plessis at the toss.


South Africa have not been in their prime form in the ICC WorldT20 tournament so far. The team lost its first match against Sri Lanka. Although the margin was just 5 runs, the performance was not much to write about. Even in the second match, Kiwis were on top for most parts of the game. It all changed in the final over of the match when Dale Steyn bowled a splendid spell and helped his side to a 2-run win. (Scorecard)


Live Cricket Score: South Africa vs NetherlandsThe Netherlands however came to the Super-10s looking to make Associate Nations proud. Instead, what unfolded against Sri Lanka was humiliating - a match that ended in a total of 15 overs! Now, the Dutch side will be eying to last rather than create an upset. With several power-hitters in the side, the Dutch continue to be a skilled unit though.

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