CHITTAGONG: South Africa held their nerves in a tense finish against Netherlands to claim 6-run victory in the World T20 on Thursday, ARY News reported.
Netherlands winning the toss put South Africa in to bat first at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
Bowlers of Dutch restricted SA to 145 for nine wickets in 20 overs. They did almost everything right: they took an early wicket and put the squeeze on South Africa with a selection of slower balls.
Medium pacer Ahsan Malik took 5-wicket haul and conceded 19 runs in his 4 overs spell. The Rotterdam-born seamer recorded the best figures by an Associate bowler against a Full Member – 5 for 19.
Among South African batsmen, Hashim Amla played an aggressive knock of 43 runs that came off in 22 balls. Skipper Faf Du Plesis scored 24 and A.B. De Villiers made 21.
Later on, chasing Netherland were off to the flying start scoring around 10 runs per over till the 10th over. But South Africa had not lost to an Associate in their history and Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir held their nerve to ensure that did not change.
Stephan Myburgh scored 51 off 28 balls punishing the opponent bowling attack to keep the hopes of Netherlands alive.
He was the second man to be dismissed, the Dutch crumbled from 80 for 2 to 139 all out – losing 8 for 59 – and handed South Africa the two points they needed to stay in contention for the semi-finals.
Imran Tahir took 4 wickets while Steyn dismissed 2 Dutch batsmen.