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India Lifts the T20 World Cup

by Kanchi Batra - 1 July, 2024, 12:00 133 Views 0 Comment

Cricket enthusiasts were glued to their television screens on 29th June as India and South Africa faced off in the final of the T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup. After a sensational tournament, two unbeaten sides met at Kensington Oval in Barbados for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final. I was super excited and, like any other Indian, wanted India to lift the trophy.

Under the bright sunshine on that memorable Saturday, Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first. India’s key wickets fell early, creating a tense start to the innings. However, an attritional 76 from Virat Kohli helped India reach first-innings score of 176/7.

As South Africa prepared to chase a total of 177 runs, the excitement reached new heights. This was South Africa’s first-ever final in an ICC tournament, and they were determined to make it count. Early wickets in the South African innings set the tone for a thrilling contest. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a perfect delivery to knock over Reeza Hendricks in the second over, followed by Aiden Markram edging Arshdeep Singh behind.

Despite these setbacks, Quinton de Kock continued his excellent form, partnering up with Tristan Stubbs for a crucial 58 off 38 balls. The tension in the air was almost unbearable as South Africa inched closer to the target. However, their dreams were shattered as they faltered at the finishing line, unable to overcome the strong Indian bowling lineup.

The final moments of the match were a whirlwind of emotions. South Africa’s valiant effort earned them accolades from both local and expatriate fans, who appreciated their maiden final appearance in the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Indian fans, myself included, were overjoyed as India ended its 11-year-old wait to win an ICC event by lifting the coveted trophy in Barbados.

Witnessing this historic match was an unforgettable experience. The passion, the drama, and the sheer brilliance on display reminded me why I love cricket so much.

Kanchi Batra
Kanchi Batra is the Managing Editor of The Diplomatist.
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