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

Andries Gous' unbeaten 47-ball 80 knock went in vain vs SA (AP)Andries Gous' unbeaten 47-ball 80 knock went in vain vs SA (AP)

South Africa overcame a spirited USA fightback to win the opening Super Eight match of the 2024 T20 World Cup by 18 runs at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Here’s the timeline of how SA vs USA panned out in Antigua:

SA vs USA Highlights: Quinton De Kock Steadies Jittery SA Start With Skipper Markram

After losing opening partner Reeza Hendricks to Saurabh Netravalkar for 11 in the third over, South African veteran Quinton de Kock raised a confident powerplay start (64-1) for his team alongside skipper and number three batter Aiden Markram.

SA vs USA Highlights: Harmeet Singh, Netravalkar Lead USA Fightback

Amidst South Africa’s batting carnage in the middle-overs, USA spinner Harmeet Singh staged a remarkable fightback for his side by picking up the key wickets of well-set Quinton de Kock (74 off 40 balls) and dangerman David Miller for a first-ball duck as Proteas slipped to 126-3 in 12.3 overs.

New-ball speedster Saurabh Netravalkar also struck in his return spell to account for Aiden Markram’s (46 off 32 balls) exit at 141-4 with five overs still left in the South African innings.

SA vs USA Highlights: Klaasen, Stubbs Ensure Strong South African Finish

South African hard-hitting radicals Heinrich Klaasen and Tristan Stubbs added 53 runs together from the final five overs to take their team to a commendable 194-4. While Klaasen bludgeoned three sixes to shape an attacking 22-ball 36*, Stubbs punched out 20 unbeaten runs from 16 balls.

SA vs USA Highlights: USA Lose Five With 76 On Board

Chasing a steep 195 for a win, USA opener Steven Taylor listed four boundaries and a six to race to 24* before he mistimed one off Kagiso Rabada towards Heinrich Klaasen at mid-off at 33-1. Number three batter Nitish Kumar and captain Aaron Jones also followed suite, crumbling in front of Rabada and Keshav Maharaj respectively as USA crashed to 56-3 within the first seven overs of the innings.

USA’s run-chase got tougher with Anrich Nortje cleaning up Corey Anderson with a peach and Tabraiz Shamsi trapping Shayan Jahangir plumb in front at 76-5.

SA vs USA Highlights: Andries Gous Fights Hard With 80* In South Africa’s Win

At 76-5, USA opener Andries Gous kept the chase alive by sharing a 91-run partnership with Harmeet Singh (22-ball 38) for the sixth wicket. Gous himself ended up smacking an unbeaten 80 from just 47 balls with five boundaries and five sixes.

However, a tight death-overs finish from Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje ensured South Africa walked away with an 18-run win.