South Africa put an end to Afghanistan’s dream run in the T20 World Cup 2024, defeating them by nine wickets in the first semifinal at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad. The Proteas’ bowlers were on fire, skittling out Afghanistan for a mere 56 runs, the lowest total in a T20 World Cup semifinal.

Afghanistan, who had been the surprise package of the tournament, were no match for South Africa’s pace and spin attack. Marco Jansen was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets with the new ball. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje blew through the middle order, while Tabraiz Shamsi spun out the tail with three wickets.

Chasing a small target, South Africa lost Quinton de Kock early, but Aiden Markram (21) and Reeza Hendricks (25) saw them home comfortably. South Africa will now meet either India or England in the final on Saturday.

For Afghanistan, it was a disappointing end to a tournament where they had performed above expectations. They had beaten New Zealand in the group stage and then pulled off a stunning upset against Australia to reach the semifinals. But they were no match for South Africa’s all-round strength.

South Africa, on the other hand, have finally broken their semifinal jinx and will be looking to go all the way and lift their first T20 World Cup trophy. They have been the most consistent team in the tournament, winning all their matches so far.

South Africa Ends Afghanistan’s Dream Run in T20 World Cup 2024 Semifinal

The match was played on a difficult pitch, which was criticized by commentators as being “a shambles” and “naughty”. It remains to be seen how the pitch will affect the second semifinal between India and England.

The stage is set for an exciting final on Saturday, with South Africa looking to end their long wait for a World Cup trophy.

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