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India beat South Africa to become T20 World Cup champions after flawless winning streak

Courtesy: Dawn News/AFP/Reuters

India won the T20 World Cup title with a thrilling seven-run victory over South Africa in a classic final at Kensington Oval on Saturday.

Virat Kohli’s 76 led India to a strong 176-7 but after Heinrich Klaasen blasted a superb 52 from 27 balls, South Africa were closing in on victory only to be halted by some outstanding Indian bowling at the end.

CC@ICC
𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔 𝗔𝗥𝗘 #𝗧𝟮𝟬𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱𝗖𝘂𝗽 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics propels to clinch a humdinger in Barbados and create history.

South Africa ended on 169-8 with Hardik Pandya taking 3-20 for India to the delight of the huge Indian following at the stadium.

Kohli had struggled in the tournament but he delivered his best innings at the perfect moment with his balanced batting.

ICC@ICC
King Kohli reigns supreme Virat Kohli is awarded the @Aramco POTM after his 76 off 59, played a pivotal role in India lifting the #T20WorldCup trophy.

It was just what was needed for India who had slipped to 34 for three after their captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat.

In what has been a low-scoring tournament, the total looked to be a daunting one for South Africa but then Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs (31) set the Proteas on their way before Klaasen turned the game in their direction in the 15th over, smashing Axar Patel for 24, including two fours and two sixes.

ICC@ICC
The Klaasen tornado has hit Barbados Heinrich Klaasen brings up a crucial @MyIndusIndBank Milestone at the #T20WorldCup Final for South Africa.

When Klaasen was finally removed, caught behind off Hardik Pandya, the Proteas needed just 26 off the last 23 balls.

Knowing they had to take the initiative, Rohit turned early for Jasprit Bumrah’s final over and he answered the skipper’s call perfectly, bowling Marco Jansen and conceding just two runs in the 18th over.

ESPNcricinfo@ESPNcricinfo
Jasprit Bumrah, the Player of the Tournament in India’s triumphant World Cup campaign WHAT. A. BOWLER

That meant South Africa needed 20 from the final two overs and Arshdeep Singh bowled a superb length to allow just four.

With 16 to win off the last over, Pandya bowled a full-toss at Miller who smashed it high straight down the ground but Suryakumar Yadav produced a breath-taking catch on the boundary, throwing the ball back into play before he crossed the ropes and then returned to complete the catch.

Kagiso Rabada came in and edged a four and Pandya showed some nerves with a wide but the seamer kept his cool to ensure silverware for India after they lost in last year’s 50-over World Cup on home soil.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the whole country was proud of the team’s “historic” success.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan termed the showing an “absolutely fantastic final”, saying that India were the best team and “throughly deserve the win”.

MichaelVaughan
@MichaelVaughan
Incredible catch to win India the World Cup .. Absolutely fantastic final .. India have been the best team so throughly deserve the win .. SA have not been far behind though .. Brilliant World Cup.
The International Cricket Council termed Kohli an “icon of the game” as he announced his retirement from the T20i format.
ICC@ICC
An ICON of the game bows out from T20I cricket.
Former all-rounder Shahid Afridi congratulated India on the memorable win and praised the captain, Kohli and Bumrah on their performances.
Shahid Afridi@SAfridiOfficial
Congratulations India on a memorable win.
@ImRo45 fully deserves it, he has been an exceptional leader.
@imVkohli as always a big match player and Bumrah is undoubtedly the best bowler in the world right now. Hard luck
@OfficialProteas , a great fight by a team that played brilliantly in the tournament.
Former coach Saqlain Mushtaq was all praise for Kohli.
Saqlain Mushtaq
@Saqlain_Mushtaq
Congratulations to @imVkohli on an extraordinary T20I career! It was a treat to watch you play. Your passion, dedication, and achievements have inspired millions. Wishing you all the best for the future. Prayers.

Former cricketer Ahmed Shehzad also congratulated Kohli on his “incredible career”.

“What a fitting way to end your career by winning the World Cup and getting Man of the Match award in it. The greatest of our generation.”

Ahmad
Shahzad@iamAhmadshahzad
Congratulations on an incredible T20I career @imVkohli. What a fitting way to end your career by winning the World Cup and getting Man of the Match award in it. The greatest of our generation. #T20WorldCup
Squads

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

BCCI@BCCI
Here’s our Playing XI Lets go #TeamIndia Follow The Match bit.ly/SAvIND-FINAL-T #T20WorldCup | #SAvIND
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (captain), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shams.
Proteas Men@ProteasMenCSA
TOSS | #SAvIND The Proteas will field first. India won the toss & elected to bat. No changes to our XI.

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