The Netherlands knocked South Africa out of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday with a surprise 13-run victory in Adelaide, advancing India to the semi-finals. The latest in a string of upsets at this event has left Bangladesh and Pakistan vying for the final position in the final four. Table-toppers India have six points and will face Zimbabwe in the final match of Sunday’s triple header in Melbourne, the outcome of which will determine the final Super 12 standings and who meets whom in the semis.
South Africa finished on 145-8, chasing 159 for victory after Dutch batsman Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten 41, with Dutch fast bowler Brandon Glover providing outstanding figures of 3-9 in two overs.
South Africa got off to a shaky start, with openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma down for 39 in six overs.
De Kock smashed a four and a six before being caught behind by Fred Klaassen for 13, while Bavuma was bowled by Paul van Meekeren for 20.
But it was Glover’s dismissal of Rilee Rossouw, the Dutch batsman who reached the tournament’s maiden century before retiring after a 19-ball 25.
Glover struck twice in one over. He sent back the dangerous David Miller and then got Wayne Parnell caught behind as the wheels fell off South Africa’s World Cup dreams.
When they batted first, the Dutch, who had only defeated Zimbabwe in the Super 12, started well with Stephan Myburgh’s 37, but then faltered. But then Ackermann appeared.
In his 26-ball knock, he smashed three fours and two sixes, and he and skipper Scott Edwards helped the side score 31 runs in the final two overs.