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Nepal restricts South Africa to just 115 runs

Brilliant bowling from Nepal Spinners restricted South Africa to 115/7 in their third match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 on Saturday.

Electing to bowl first at Arnos Vale Stadium, St Vincent, Dipendra Singh Airee dismissed Quinton de Kock to yield a first wicket for Nepal in the fourth over. Hendricks and Markram shared 46 runs for the second wicket before Kushal Bhurtel dismissed Markram for 15 in the 12th over.

Nepalese bowlers were all over the South African batter after the second wicket. They took wickets at regular intervals and gave no chance to build the momentum. Heinrich Klaasen was dismissed for 3 followed by a wicket of Reeza Hendricks who was dropped by Kushal Bhurtel at 34. He top-scored with 43 runs.

Tristan Stubbs came and played 18-ball 27* to take South Africa past that 100-run mark. Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada were dismissed in the last two balls of the innings.

Two spinners Kushal Bhurtel and Dipendra Singh Airee were the stand-out bowlers for Nepal as they shared all seven wickets. Bhurtel grabbed four (4-0-19-4) whereas Airee picked up three (4-0-21-3). Bhurtel’s four-fer is the highest by a Nepalese bowler in the ICC T20 World Cup surpassing Shakti Gauchan’s three-fer.

Nepal has not beaten any test-playing nation so far. 116 runs on the board against the Proteas will end that streak.