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India vs South Africa T20 World Cup Final Highlights - India Triumphs!

ICC World Cup  •  1 Jul, 2024  •  28,853 Views  •  ⭐ 1.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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On June 29, 2024, the cricketing world was riveted by a high-octane clash between India and South Africa in the T20 World Cup final at the iconic Kensington Oval in Barbados. This match held immense significance, not just as the culmination of a thrilling tournament but as a stage where cricketing legends and emerging stars battled for ultimate glory. For India, it was an opportunity to reclaim their position at the pinnacle of T20 cricket, while South Africa sought to overcome their historical World Cup woes.


Toss and Team Lineups: The Strategic Decisions

India vs South Africa T20 World Cup Final Highlights: After Virat kohli,  Indian skipper Rohit Sharma announces retirement from T20Is - The Economic  Times
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The excitement began with India winning the toss and electing to bat first. This decision was rooted in their prior experience on this ground and their belief in their batting depth. Rohit Sharma led the Indian side with his usual blend of tactical acumen and aggression. The Indian lineup featured stalwarts like Virat Kohli, making his final T20I appearance, and emerging stars such as Arshdeep Singh.
South Africa, captained by Aiden Markram, fielded a strong lineup with Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, and the formidable Heinrich Klaasen. Their strategy revolved around early breakthroughs and leveraging their pace attack, spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.

First Innings: India's Early Setbacks and Recovery

IND vs SA Final, T20 World Cup 2024, Match Highlights: India win World Cup,  beat South Africa by 7 runs
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India's innings got off to a rocky start, with openers Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav falling early to the probing deliveries of South Africa's pacers. Rohit, attempting to dominate from the outset, was caught at square leg, a dismissal that set the tone for a tense beginning. Suryakumar Yadav, known for his innovative stroke play, couldn't find his rhythm and succumbed soon after.
Virat Kohli, stepping in under immense pressure, anchored the innings with a composed and strategic approach. His early struggle was evident as he focused on rotating the strike and preserving his wicket. Kohli's partnership with Rishabh Pant was crucial in stabilizing the innings. Pant's aggressive 15-ball cameo, although short-lived, provided the necessary impetus before he was deceived by a full toss from Keshav Maharaj.



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Middle Overs: Kohli and Hardik Build a Platform

IND vs SA Highlights, T20 World Cup 2024 Final: India wins by 7 runs,  clinches the World Cup after 17 years - Sportstar
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The middle overs saw Kohli shifting gears gradually, balancing caution with aggression. His battle against the South African spinners was particularly notable. Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi, employing their variations, kept the pressure on. However, Kohli's experience shone through as he expertly manoeuvred the field and found gaps.
Hardik Pandya's arrival at the crease marked a turning point. Known for his big-hitting prowess, Pandya played a counter-attacking innings, scoring 47 off 31 balls. His powerful strikes, especially against the pacers, alleviated the pressure on Kohli. Together, they put up a crucial partnership, steering India towards a competitive total.

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