South Africa defeat India to go top of Group Two


South Africa moved to the top of Group Two with a nervy five-wicket victory over India in the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Lungi Ngidi took 4-29 as part of a fine Proteas bowling display to restrict India to 133-9, despite Suryakumar Yadav’s punchy 68 from 40 balls.

South Africa slipped to 24-3 in reply but David Miller’s 59 from 46 balls saw them home with two balls to spare.

Victory in Perth moves the Proteas ahead of India, who suffer their first defeat of the tournament.

Miller and Aiden Markram put on 76 for the fourth wicket to tip the match back in South Africa’s favour after their poor start with the bat.

Markram hit 52 from 41 balls to sustain the South African innings in the middle overs, though he was dropped on 35 by Virat Kohli and survived Rohit Sharma missing a clear run out chance from five yards seven balls later.

Markram eventually fell in the 16th over but Miller kept his composure to see South Africa over the line in a thrilling finish.

Earlier, Bangladesh had briefly moved into the top two with a dramatic victory over Zimbabwe, who are also still able to qualify.

In Sunday’s second game, Netherlands were eliminated following defeat by Pakistan, whose chances of progressing are now very slim.

They need to beat both Bangladesh and South Africa and hope several other results go their way. (BBC Sport)

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