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SA survive a mighty scare

Chittagong: South Africa survived a mighty scare before they pulled off a narrow six-run victory over the Netherlands in their World Twenty20 Group 1 match, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, here, on Thursday.

Put into bat, South Africa posted a modest 145 for nine as paceman Ahsan Malik Jamil recorded career-best figures of five for 19. 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.

The Netherlands were cruising at 116 for four in the 13th over, thanks to a brilliant innings of 28-ball 51 from opener Stephan Myburgh. But, they lost their way after that as they lost the last six batsmen for just 20 runs to be all out for 139 in 18.4 overs.

Ben Copper (5), Tom Copper (16), Pieter Seelaar (2), Logan van Beek (1), Timm van der Gugten (8) and Mudassar Bukhari (11) could not apply themselves and take their side to what could have been the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Imran Tahir was the pick of the South African bowlers with four wickets for 21 runs while fast bowler Dale Steyn took two wickets. Beuran Hendricks, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and JP Duminy took a wicket apiece.

With Thursday’s result, South Africa are on four points from two wins and a loss and remain in the race for a place in the semi-finals.