The Chokers tag was once again linked to the South African cricket team when they knocked out T20 Globalism 2022 Cup on Sunday. They suffered defeat 13 times at the hands of the Netherlands which dashed their hopes in the semi-finals. South Africa’s loss cleared India’s way to the next round while Pakistan or Bangladesh will be the second semi-finalists from Group B.
The Netherlands recorded one of their biggest wins in world cricket. Sending it off to bat, the Dutch rode a first-class team effort to score 158 for 4. Colin Ackermann scored the highest goals with 26 unbeaten 41 balls, while Tom Cooper made 35 of 19 balls. In response, Dutch bowlers rose to the occasion and cornered South Africa at 145 to 8 with Brandon Glover (3/9) scooping three players.
The Proteas team was surprised by the defeat while the cricket fraternity was stunned by the Netherlands match. Players such as Saatchi Tendulkar and Virender Siehwag praised the Dutch for expelling South Africa while former Pakistan captain Waseem Akram expressed his best wishes to Babar Azam & Co. in the match against Bangladesh.
Here’s how the cricket fraternity reacted:
What a World Cup this was. Full of twists and turns. The Netherlands eliminates South Africa. Maza Al Raha Alive #Nedfsa
– virendersehwag November 6, 2022
This is the best World Cup for the lowest ranked teams. Hard cricket from Holland
– IrfanPathan (@IrfanPathan) November 6, 2022
3 days ago, Pakistan and Bangladesh were full of lamentations. Now they will likely play a knockout match for a place in the semi-finals. patience! What a World Cup! And what a statement of the difference traditionally less imaginative!
– bhogleharsha November 6, 2022
Akash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 6, 2022
Holland, beautiful pic.twitter.com/NLVnqIExna
– Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) November 6, 2022
What a win!
– ICC (ICC) November 6, 2022
Wait, what just happened was incredible photos from Adelaide. Congratulations to the Netherlands what a performance. And now it’s time for the boys in green to step up. Now or never . #PAKvsBAN
Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 6, 2022
India are set to face Zimbabwe in their last Super 12 match in Melbourne on Sunday. Since South Africa pulled out and the Men in Blue team finished in the semi-finals, the showdown at the MCG is going to be a dead rubber. However, Indian fans will gather in droves to cheer on Rohit Sharma & Co as more than 80,000 tickets have already been sold.