'Was waiting for Naagin Dance' - Fans react as Bangladesh lose last-ball thriller game against South Africa in T20 World Cup 2024

South Africa beat Bangladesh by four runs in the last-ball thriller in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Arunima Purohit
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The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is experiencing close games and becoming exciting and thrilling with each passing game. In the 21st match, South Africa played against Bangladesh at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York, which was a low-scoring game. However, the match continued to the last ball until the winner was decided. However, it was definitely South Africa's day, as they won the match by four runs. 

It was South Africa's decision to bat first on winning the toss, which backfired since the batting line-up collapsed. With some world-class players, the Proteas failed to set a good target on the board and ended up with 113 runs. Thanks to Henrich Klaasen (46) and David Miller (29), they reached the 100-run mark. Bangladesh's bowling attack was brilliant in sending four players back to the pavilion for just 23 runs in the first six overs. Tanzim Sakib and Taskeen Ahmed were brilliant with the ball, taking three and two wickets, respectively. 

Also Read: Bangladesh's Tanzin Sakib and Taskeen Ahmed destroy South Africa's batting attack

When Bangladesh came out to bat, they lost some early wickets and couldn't control the game. While chasing such a low target, the batters couldn't settle in the crease for a long time, which caused them to lose such a close game. Towhid Hridoy (37) and Mahmudullah (20) did their best in the middle overs, but their contributions weren't sufficient. Keshav Maharaj took three wickets, while Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each. 

'The wicket is not too great for strokeplay' - Henrich Klaasen rightly points out at New York's wicket

For his 46 runs off 44 balls, Henrich Klaasen was awarded the Player of the Match. He did build an innings with David Miller, and hence, the Proteas reached a total of 113 runs. While talking about the pitch, Klaasen mentioned how slow the pitch was and didn't favor strokeplay at all. They were saved due to the ODI mindset they carried into the game, which worked out well to beat Bangladesh

"The wicket is not too great for strokeplay. We got some good information from the last game and applied it today, we got a decent score. Luckily we’ve got experience in the change room, we almost had a One-Day mindset," said Henrich Klaasen at the post-match presentation. 

Check out how fans reacted to Bangladesh's loss:

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