South Africa held their nerve to stave off a major scare against Netherlands and win their Group One super 10 match by six runs in the World Twenty20 in Chittagong today.
The Dutch, who posted the lowest Twenty20 international score of 39 in Monday’s rout by Sri Lanka, looked set to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament but imploded when set for victory.
Chasing 146 to win, opener Steven Myburgh (51) gave the Dutch a flying start, thumping eight fours and two sixes during his 28-ball knock.
But after he played JP Duminy on to his stumps the Netherlands, with a series of rash shots, lost wickets at regular intervals.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed four wickets for 21 runs and pace spearhead Dale Steyn picked up two for 19.
Earlier, Ahsan Malik’s five for 19 restricted South Africa to 145 for nine after they were put in to bat.
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Hashim Amla gave South Africa a brisk start with a 43 off 22 balls, his knock studded with seven fours and a six.
But they lost wickets in clusters against Malik’s medium pace bowling and struggled for momentum towards the end of their innings.
South Africa 145-9 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 43; Ahsan Malik 5-19) v Netherlands 139 all out in 18.4 overs (Stephan Myburgh 51; Imran Tahir 4-21, Dale Steyn 2-19)