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Proteas Fall Short in Thrilling T20 World Cup Final: What Went Wrong for South Africa?

What Went Wrong for South Africa in T20 WC Final?

What Went Wrong for South Africa in T20 WC Final: In a heart-stopping final, cricket fans witnessed a nail-biting contest as India narrowly defeated South Africa by 7 runs to claim their second T20 World Cup title. Despite being in a commanding position for most of the match, South Africa faltered at crucial moments, allowing India to snatch victory from their grasp. Let’s delve into the key factors that led to South Africa’s downfall in this gripping encounter.

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What Went Wrong for South Africa in T20 WC Final?

Unable to Stop Virat Kohli and Axar Patel’s Batting Powers

South Africa had a dream start in the bowling department, dismantling India’s top order with the early wickets of Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav. However, the Proteas bowlers struggled to maintain the momentum against Virat Kohli and Axar Patel. Kohli’s class and Patel’s resilience steadied the ship for India, pushing them to a competitive total. South Africa’s inability to contain these two batsmen proved to be a turning point in the match.

Scoreboard Pressure

Chasing a decent target, South Africa’s batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking at a healthy rate initially. However, as the innings progressed, the required run rate began to climb. The Proteas struggled to find the big hits and keep up with the scoreboard pressure. The tension mounted, and in the critical final overs, they fell short of the target, allowing India to edge through by a slim margin.

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Over-Reliance on Key Players

One of the significant issues for South Africa throughout the tournament was their heavy dependence on a few key players. Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen were often the linchpins of the batting lineup.

However, in the final, the lack of contributions from players like Reeza Hendricks, Tristan Stubbs, and David Miller became glaring. This over-reliance on a handful of players left the team vulnerable when those players failed to deliver under pressure.

Inability to Handle ICC Final Pressure

The pressure of an ICC final is immense, and it seemed to weigh heavily on the South African players. Despite a strong start with the ball, the Proteas could not sustain their intensity throughout India’s innings. The same pattern emerged in their batting effort.

Initial promise faded as the innings wore on, and the pressure of the final overs proved too much to handle. This inability to manage pressure in both batting and bowling during the critical stages of the match ultimately cost South Africa the title.

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What Went Wrong for South Africa in T20 WC Final: Conclusion

South Africa’s T20 World Cup final defeat to India was a result of several factors: failing to capitalize on early breakthroughs, succumbing to scoreboard pressure, over-reliance on key players, and an inability to handle the pressure of an ICC final.

While the Proteas showed moments of brilliance, the lack of composure in crucial moments allowed India to seize the advantage and claim victory. As South Africa reflects on this heart-wrenching loss, they will need to address these issues to emerge stronger in future tournaments.

Abhinandan Krishnan
Abhinandan Krishnan
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