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South Africa choke yet AGAIN as Holland claim shock win to knock Proteas OUT of T20 World Cup

South Africa choke on the big stage AGAIN as Holland claim shock 13-run win to knock Proteas OUT of the T20 World Cup… as coach Mark Boucher admits the defeat is their WORST collapse in white-ball cricket

  • South Africa are out of the T20 World Cup after losing by 13 runs on Sunday
  • Proteas were chasing 159 to win and advance to the semi-finals
  • But they could only muster 145-8 in reply and were eliminated 
  • Mark Boucher will step down as Proteas coach after the T20 World Cup
  • Defeat left the door open for Pakistan to secure a semi-final spot instead 

South African cricket’s latest white-ball choke could be the biggest of them all, coach Mark Boucher says.

The Proteas crashed out of the T20 World Cup with a shock 13-run loss to the unfancied Holland in Adelaide on Sunday.

Chasing a middling 159 to win and advance to the semi-finals, the nervy South Africans mustered just 145-8.

Holland produced a shock 13-run win to knock South Africa out of the T20 World Cup

Holland produced a shock 13-run win to knock South Africa out of the T20 World Cup

The stunning loss extends South Africa’s white-ball World Cup misery, chiefly in the 50-over format where the four-time semi-finalists have never reached a final.

‘The more you don’t do well in World Cups, I think it does start playing with your head, that is just natural,’ a gutted Boucher told reporters.

The Proteas were infamously robbed by rain on return to international tournaments in 1992’s 50-over World Cup semi-final.

They needed 22 from 13 balls to beat England, play halted because of a shower, and on resumption they required 21 from one delivery.

David Miller was dismissed for 17 as the Proteas fell short of chasing 159

David Miller was dismissed for 17 as the Proteas fell short of chasing 159

Rilee Rossouw top scored for South Africa with 25 but it was not enough for the Proteas

Rilee Rossouw top scored for South Africa with 25 but it was not enough for the Proteas

At the 50-over cup semi-final in 1999, South Africa required just one run from the last four balls to down Australia – they imploded, the game was tied, and they failed to advance.

At the 2003 cup, Boucher himself celebrated prematurely after thinking he’d hit the runs which sent his nation into the knockout stage: they’d miscalculated and were one run short when rain stopped play.

Boucher was appointed head coach in 2019 and Sunday’s game against the Netherlands was his last in charge.

Asked if was the worst loss of them all, he replied: ‘Probably as a coach, yes.’

Brandon Glover was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-9 in a superb performance

Brandon Glover was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-9 in a superb performance 

‘Each one is an individual event,’ he said.

‘I know that there is a lot of history behind South African cricket and World Cups.

‘If you would have said to us that we have got the Netherlands to play to get into a semi-final and got to beat them, we would have taken that at the start of the tournament.

‘These things happen. It’s not the only upset that has happened in the tournament.

Departing Proteas coach Mark Boucher admitted the loss was probably the biggest collapse in South Africa's white-ball cricket history

Departing Proteas coach Mark Boucher admitted the loss was probably the biggest collapse in South Africa’s white-ball cricket history

It was a familiar feeling for South African fans watching from the stands

It was a familiar feeling for South African fans watching from the stands 

‘On paper, yes, we should have won the game. But the game is not played on paper.’

Rubbing salt in the Proteas’ open wounds, they caved against a Dutch side boasting four South African-born cricketers.

Two of them were the top-scorers – Colin Ackerman (41 from 21 balls) and Stephan Myburgh (37 from 30) – in the Holland’s 4-158.

To make things worse, the Holland team included four South African-born cricketers

To make things worse, the Holland team included four South African-born cricketers

Then, another South African-born player, Brandon Glover, took 3-9.

‘There has always been a tale with South Africa, which we all know,’ Glover said of his birth nation’s World Cup flops.

‘We love South Africa but we’re dedicated to the Dutch.’

The Holland team also featured two cricketers born in New Zealand, one born in Australia, one born in England, and another born in Tonga.


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