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South Africa out of the T20 World Cup after loss to the Netherlands

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — South Africa missed out on the Twenty20 World Cup after a 13-run loss to the Netherlands on the final day of the group stage at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Chasing 159 to win and appearing to be in control, the Proteas stumbled at 145-8, knocking South Africa out of the semi-finals.

“It’s really disappointing,” said South Africa captain Temba Bavuma. “I think we played well until this match to get to this point in the tournament.”

“We had a lot of confidence and faith in ourselves to get to the final, but unfortunately for us we couldn’t do it when it really mattered.”

India, who played Zimbabwe later on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, will advance regardless of the outcome of that match.

And the winner of Pakistan’s match against Bangladesh in Adelaide, the next match at the Adelaide Oval, will also advance. Bangladesh won the toss in that game and chose to bat.

New Zealand and England have already secured places for the other group’s semi-finals.

On Sunday, the top order of South Africa failed to shoot and the team was 90-4 in the 13th. With six overs remaining, South Africa still needed another 60 runs.

Compounding his situation, No. 8 batsman Keshav Maharaj was hampered by an injury to his left leg and was forced to literally jump as he ran between wickets. Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada required 26 runs from the final but fell short.

“We lost ground at crucial moments,” Bavuma said. “We just couldn’t get any momentum in our innings.

“The wicket maybe got a little bit more difficult, maybe they used the dimensions of the pitch a lot better than us, but at the end of the day, from all of us, it just wasn’t good enough.”

Previously, Colin Ackermann was the top scorer with an unbeaten 41 from 26 balls in the Dutch team’s 158-4.

Dutch starters Stephan Myburgh (37 from 30 balls) and Max O’Dowd (29 from 31) participated in a 58-run partnership. And Australian Tom Cooper, whose mother was born in Dutch New Guinea, hit two sixes while making 35 of 19 deliveries.

South African pacemaker Anrich Nortje continued his strong tournament, winning 1-10 from four overs, with left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj claiming 2-27.

“We are more or less used to those conditions in the Netherlands, so we were very happy to break the 160-run mark and we had confidence in our players,” said Netherlands captain Scott Edwards. “It’s another experience, another great surprise from the Netherlands in a World Cup. I’m excited for the guys, the team and the fans at home.”

New Zealand topped Group 1 in net run rate and will play the second-place team from Group 2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

England finished second and will play the Group 2 winners at the Adelaide Oval in the second semi-final on Thursday.

The final is scheduled for next Sunday, November 13 at the MCG.

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