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India qualify for WCL semi-finals despite South Africa loss

India had to score 153 to qualify for the semi-finals

By Web Desk
July 11, 2024
Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan were key batters for India. - Geo Super/screengrab
Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan were key batters for India. - Geo Super/screengrab

South Africa on late Wednesday night beat India by 54 runs in the last league match of the World Championship of Legends 2024 at Northampton's County Ground.

Despite losing to South Africa, India qualified for the semi-finals as it had to score 153 to qualify and they scored 156/6 in 20 overs to finish at fourth spot on the table.

Earlier, South Africa made 210/8 after being put into bat first by India. Jacques Snyman was the best batter, scoring 43-ball 73 where he hit ten fours and three sixes.

Meanwhile, Richard Levi stepped up with a blistering 25-ball 60 which included five fours and as many sixes. Ryan McLaren (20) and skipper Jacques Kallis (17) chipped in with valuable cameos.

Harbhajan Singh turned back the clock and bagged figures of 4/25 while Dhawal Kulkarni, Vinay Kumar, Pawan Negi and Yusuf Pathan took a wicket each

India started the chase strongly with Robin Uthappa (23) taking the chase but Vernon Philander struck twice to bring South Africa back in the game.

The wickets kept falling continuously with India teetering on 77/5. The Pathan brothers - Irfan and Yusuf stitched an important 55-run stand to make India believe again.

Irfan was run out in the second-last over after scoring a 21-ball 53. Meanwhile, Yusuf remained unbeaten 44-ball 54.

India finished in fourth while West Indies got the third spot. Australia and Pakistan hold the first and second spots respectively as secured four wins.