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T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa bag new record after West Indies win

Proteas secure three-wicket win over co-hosts to become second team to proceed to semi-finals

By Sports Desk
June 24, 2024
South Africas Marco Jansen hits a six that leads to his teams victory during the T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight match against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda on June 23, 2024. — AFP
South Africa's Marco Jansen hits a six that leads to his team's victory during the T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight match against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda on June 23, 2024. — AFP

Alongside their win against West Indies in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, South Africa have also bagged a new record for most wins in the tournament's history as they become the second team to qualify for the semi-final from Group 2 of Super 8 after England.

Courtesy of their three-wicket win against the co-hosts, the Proteas now have seven consecutive matches — the most by a team in a single T20 World Cup.

They are followed by Sri Lanka in second place with six wins in the 2009 edition of the T20 World Cup. The Islanders are tied with Australia who also won six fixtures in the 2010 and 2021 tournaments.

Earlier in the day, South Africa beat West Indies by three wickets (DLS method) in a thrilling contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua to become the second team to qualify for the semi-final from Group 2 of Super 8 after England.

The Proteas had restricted the co-hosts to 135-8 in 20 overs after winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.

Chasing a revised target of 123 runs in 17 overs, since the match was affected by rain, the Proteas reached home in 16.1 overs for the loss of seven wickets.

Marco Jansen played a crucial unbeaten cameo of 21 runs in 14 balls to take his side over the line. He smashed a six on the first ball of the final over when his side needed five runs to win.