South Africa edge Netherlands by six runs in tense finish
Netherlands came agonisingly close to causing a major upset by beating South Africa but fell short of their total by six runs.
South African opener Hashim Amla defied his critics with his aggressive intent today. He slammed 43 off 22 balls. (All images AFP)
The Netherlands bowlers were in a mood to get over their humiliating loss against Sri Lanka and give the Proteas a run for their money.
Ahsan Malik (5/19) picked up the first five-wicket haul of the tournament as South Africa began to collapse.
AB de Villiers attempted South Africa's revival but he too couldn't last too long.
Netherlands restricted South Africa to 145/9, giving themselves a chance of causing a massive upset.
Stephen Myburgh strengthened Netherlands' chance by giving his side a quick-fire start to the run-chase.
Myburgh and Michael Swart added 58 runs in the first six overs as the asking rate began to diminish.
The South African bowlers had no answer to Myburgh's initial onslaught as he raced away to his third T20I fifty off just 25 balls.
Following Myburgh's departure, Imran Tahir (4/21) orchestrated South Africa's comeback.
In the end, South Africa held on to their nerves and eked out a six-run win over Netherlands.