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T20 World Cup 2024 SA vs NED: Match Highlights, Key Moments And Videos

David Miller made the difference for SA against NED (x.com)David Miller made the difference for SA against NED (x.com)

South Africa finally cracked the Netherlands’ code on the big stage by registering a comprehensive win in match number 16 of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 at New York’s Nassau County International Stadium on June 8.

Here’s the timeline of how SA vs NED panned out in New York:

SA vs NED Highlights: Jansen, Baartman Shatter NED With New-Ball

Netherlands opener Michael Levitt nicked off to South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Marco Jansen for a duck in just the third ball of the match. The lanky speedster further justified his captain’s decision of bowling first by knocking over Netherlands number three Vikramjit Singh inside the opening powerplay.

Ottneil Baartman, playing just the third T20I of his career, also struck in his opening over by removing Max O'Dowd as Netherlands stumbled to 20-3 at the end of their first six overs.

SA vs NED Highlights: Nortje Chips In With 2 In Middle Overs

South African paceman Anrich Nortje, fresh from his match-winning spell of 4-7 against Sri Lanka, tore through Netherlands’ middle-order with two quick wickets as the Dutch slipped to 48-6 in 12 overs.

Amidst tumbling wickets, number four batter Sybrand Engelbrecht remained defiant in his approach and shared a noteworthy partnership with fast bowler Logan van Beek.

SA vs NED Highlights: Baartman Picks Career-Best 4-11 To Restrict NED To 103-9

Sybrand Engelbrecht punched out a cautious 40 alongside Logan van Beek (23 off 22 balls) in a 54-run partnership to take Netherlands past the 100-run mark.

Just as the Dutch batters were beginning to add some stability to their innings at the death, Ottneil Baartman struck big for South Africa with three wickets in an over to finish with career-best figures of 4-11. Baartman’s final-over act ensured the Netherlands batters were restricted to 103-9.

SA vs NED Highlights: Kingma, Van Beek’s Opening Spell Shreds SA Top-Order

Chasing 104 runs for a win, South Africa lost opener Quinton de Kock for a diamond duck first-up owing to a two-act runout committed by Paul van Meekeren and Max O'Dowd.

Netherlands new-ball pacemen Vivian Kingma and Logan van Beek pounced on South Africa’s early running blunder by scything through their famed top-order. While Kingma got rid of Proteas captain Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen, Logan removed Reeza Hendricks with a fullish delivery as South Africa slipped to 12-4 in 4.3 overs.

SA vs NED Highlights: David Miller Steers SA To Victory With 59*

Battling past demons and a top-order failure, experienced South African middle-order David Miller led his team’s recovery with a counterattacking 65-run partnership with Tristan Stubbs (33 runs off 37 balls).

While Bas de Leede and Logan van Beek fought back for Netherlands with a wicket apiece towards the death, Miller negated a potential collapse with a composed 59* from 51 balls.

The 35-year-old cracked three boundaries and four sixes in his innings, including two big hits in the penultimate over of the match to seal the deal for the Proteas with seven balls and four wickets to spare.

The outcome marked South Africa’s second win in succession this T20 World Cup 2024 and helped them strengthen their grip as leaders of the Group D points table.