- The Netherlands lit up the final day of Group 2 competition when they ended South Africa’s hopes of reaching the semifinals.
- Their 13-run victory moved India into the semifinals and rekindled Pakistan’s hopes of making the final four.
- New Zealand and England have advanced to the semifinals from Group 1.
MELBOURNE, Australia – Pakistan moved to the Twenty20 World Cup semifinals in Adelaide on Sunday, defeating Group 2 opponents India by five wickets in their final Super 12 encounter against Bangladesh.
The Netherlands dominated the final day of Group 2 play, surprising Temba Bavuma’s team and effectively destroying South Africa’s chances of reaching the playoffs.
Their 13-run victory moved India into the semifinals and rekindled Pakistan’s hopes of making the final four.
South Africa received five points, while India, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe received six points each. Zimbabwe and India will play their last group encounter later on Sunday in Melbourne.
New Zealand and England have advanced to the semifinals from Group 1.
Bangladesh’s skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, chose to bat first and the team was 70-1 at the halfway stage.
Shakib and Soumya Sarkar were both out in quick succession by Shadab Khan, but the lbw ruling against the Bangladesh captain, who had surged down the pitch, was doubtful after replays revealed an edge.
Najmul Hossain scored 54, but Bangladesh failed to capitalize on its great start, finishing with a score of 127-8.
Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, and his deputy, Mohammad Rizwan, made cautious starts but failed to capitalize on them, exiting in quick succession.
Mohammad Haris scored a calm 31 to allay Pakistan’s fears. Pakistan’s 2009 champions triumphed with 11 balls remaining.
Earlier, South Africa lost 145-8, falling short of the required 159 points to proceed to the semifinals.
The Netherlands’ top four batters each contributed considerably to the Dutch team’s 158-4 final score after being moved into the batting order at the Adelaide Oval.
Max O’Dowd (29) and Stephan Myburgh (37) got them off to a good start, scoring 58 runs.
Colin Ackermann’s unbroken 41 points and Tom Cooper’s 35 points pushed them beyond the 150-point mark.
South Africa’s reaction was hampered by the loss of both of their openers, Quinton de Kock and Bavuma, during the powerplay.
Brandon Glover, who took three wickets for nine runs, then decimated South Africa‘s middle order to set up a sensational victory for the Dutch squad.