WATCH: Ali Khan takes a screamer to dismiss Aiden Markram in USA vs SA game at T20 World Cup 2024

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  • Ali Khan took a spectacular catch to dismiss Aiden Markram in USA vs SA game at T20 World Cup 2024.

  • South Africa defeated USA in a thrilling clash by 18 runs.

WATCH: Ali Khan takes a screamer to dismiss Aiden Markram in USA vs SA game at T20 World Cup 2024
Ali Khan takes a superb catch in USA vs SA game (Screengrab: ICC)

In a nail-biting encounter, the United States (USA) and South Africa faced off in the Group 2 Super 8 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The high-scoring contest was filled with excitement, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as USA came close to producing another upset. However, the experience of the South African players ultimately secured their victory.

Ali Khan’s spectacular catch

One of the most memorable moments of the game was Ali Khan‘s incredible fielding effort to dismiss Proteas skipper Aiden Markram. The dramatic incident took place on the final ball of the 15th over, bowled by Saurabh Netravalkar. The left-arm bowler delivered a fullish ball wide outside off, prompting Markram to reach for it. Unfortunately for Markram, he failed to time his shot properly.

Ali Khan, sprinting quickly from square third man, managed to pluck the dipping ball just inches above the ground, executing a remarkable catch. The stunning effort left spectators in awe and showcased Ali Khan’s exceptional fielding skills.

Here is the video:

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South Africa’s strong batting performance

After winning the toss, USA elected to field, and South Africa capitalized on this decision by posting an imposing total of 194/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Quinton de Kock led the charge with a dazzling innings, scoring 74 runs off just 40 balls, including 7 boundaries and 5 sixes. His aggressive batting set the tone for South Africa’s innings.

Captain Markram contributed with a solid 46 off 32 deliveries, while Heinrich Klaasen (36 not out off 22) and Tristan Stubbs (20 not out off 16) also added valuable runs, ensuring a formidable target for the USA team.

USA’s valiant effort falls short

In response, the USA team put up a valiant fight, taking the game down to the final over. Openers Andries Gous and Harmeet Singh ignited hopes with a crucial 91-run partnership. Gous, in particular, played a tremendous innings, remaining unbeaten on 80 from 47 deliveries.

Despite their spirited effort, the USA fell short by 18 runs, as the South African bowlers held their nerves in the crucial moments to seal the victory. Gous’ outstanding performance was commendable, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the experienced South African side.

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