ICC T20 WORLD CUP : SOUTH AFRICA WON BY 6 RUNS
Toss Netherlands, who chose to field
Player of the match Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Umpires SJ Davis (Australia) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire RJ Tucker (Australia)
Match referee DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
The 21st match between South Africa and Netherlands of this Twenty20 World Cup tournament will be played on 27 March, 2014 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong. Led by a great bowling effort from Imran Tahir (4/21) and then Dale Steyn (4/19), South Africa recovered well to prevent an upset at the hands of Netherlands after posting just 145/9 at the end of their 20 overs.
Netherlands started off very well. Myburgh got things rolling as he took a liking to the bowlers and brought up his 2nd fifty of the Cup.
For Netherlands, opener Stephan Myburgh almost scripted a historic win with his knock of 51 off just 28 balls but it wasn`t good enough in the end.
They were looking well on course at one stage, before they lost a heap of wickets in the middle. The lower-order were not able to keep their cool as they played some poor shots and gave their wickets away.
South African bowlers were led by Steyn and Tahir. Both of them shared 6 wickets between them and were the ones who pulled things back when the game was running away. They were well supported in the field as they took some good catches and the ground fielding was at its best.
Ahsan Malik (5/19) made history by recording the first five-wicket haul of the tournament earlier in the match when South Africa were batting. Victory lifted South Africa into the second and final qualifying spot in the group, while England remain fourth despite beating Sri Lanka at the same venue later on Thursday.
It was a second victory of the tournament for South Africa, and the second successive time they have retrieved a difficult situation with the ball following their two-run win over New Zealand on Monday.