T20 World Cup: South Africa survives huge scare in Nepal as New Zealand wins easily against Uganda | Cricket news

South Africa were restricted to 115 against minnows Nepal in the T20 World Cup, only achieving victory thanks to a run-out on the final ball; New Zealand took their first points from a disappointing campaign against Uganda; Watch the Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports in June

Last updated: 06/15/24 7:26 am

South Africa survived a major scare to just beat minnows Nepal in the T20 World Cup

South Africa survived a major scare to just beat minnows Nepal in the T20 World Cup

A run-out on the last ball prevented Nepal from completing a historic defeat against South Africa in the T20 World Cup in Kingstown, while New Zealand eased to victory over Uganda.

After opting to bowl first, Nepal’s bowling attack – led by four wickets of Kushal Bhurtel – gave the minnows every opportunity to pull off a miracle win by restricting South Africa to 115.

Openers Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh provided a solid start to Nepal’s run-chase, combining for 35 before the former was claimed by Tabraiz Shamsi in the eighth.

However, captain Rohit Paudel’s dismissal on the next ball derailed Nepal’s momentum, with four of Nepal’s middle order leaving the crease with less than 10 runs.

Wicketkeeper Sheikh proved a much more formidable foe for the South African bowlers, and his score of 42 – combined with 27 from Anil Kumar Sah – kept Nepal in the match.

The result ultimately came down to the last ball, with Nepal needing two runs for victory.

However, it was not intended to be for Nepal. Gulshan Jha was run out while looking for a bye off an Ottneil Baartman delivery.

Shamsi led the way for the South African bowlers, finishing with four wickets for 19 runs, while Reeza Hendricks top-scored for the Proteas with 43 off 49 balls.

South Africa’s nail-biting win came just days after the Proteas set the record for the lowest total defended in the T20 World Cups.

On Tuesday, they held off Bangladesh after conceding just 113 goals.

New Zealand ease to T20 World Cup victory against Uganda in dead rubber

New Zealand needed just five overs to eclipse Uganda, with the Black Caps cruising to a nine-wicket victory at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.

After Uganda batted first, New Zealand’s formidable bowling attack took little time, making its presence known against the minnow cricket nation.

Simon Ssesazi was the first casualty of the day, bowled for a duck by Trent Boult.

His departure was immediately followed by Robinson Obuya, giving Boult an early hat-trick opportunity.

Boult was denied but Tim Southee was able to get the wickets to fall when he claimed Alpesh Ramjani for a duck in the third over.

Wickets continued to tumble throughout the innings, with Kenneth Waiswa highest scoring with 11, as Uganda were bowled out for 40 in the 19th over.

New Zealand claimed victory in the sixth over, wicketkeeper Devon Conway paving the way for victory with 22 runs from 15 balls.

Opener Finn Allen was Uganda’s only wicket after being nine runs behind off the bowling of Riazat Ali Shah.

The emphatic result was too little too late for New Zealand, who lost their first two T20 Cricket World Cup matches against Afghanistan and the West Indies.

The Black Caps’ exit from the tournament was ultimately sealed with Afghanistan’s seven-wicket win over Papua New Guinea on Friday.

What’s next?

South Africa will next play in their Super 8s clash on Wednesday, June 19 (3:30pm) in North Sound, Antigua, with the opponent yet to be decided.

New Zealand play Papua New Guinea on Monday, June 17 (3:30 PM) in their next match in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.

Watch every match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports, until the final on Sunday 29 June.