The 2022 T20 World Cup has been a roller coaster ride for many teams and the Netherlands added one more surprise in Australia after defeating South Africa by 13 runs at the Adelaide Oval to knock them out of the tournament.
The South Africans choked yet again in the on going ICC event and this was the first time an associate member of the ICC defeated South Africa in men’s international cricket.
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Rain dented their chances in the 1992 World Cup semi-final against England in Sydney, but South Africa had to blame themselves for their loss to Brian Lara’s West Indies in the 1996 quarter-final despite topping the table in Group B.
Allan Donald’s run out resulted in a mishap, in the 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia who qualified for the final on the back of a 0.001 better net run rate than the Proteas.
A miscalculation with the Duckworth-Lewis in an important clash against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup added to their misery.
South Africa lost to India in the 2014 T20 World Cup semis in Bangladesh. They lost to New Zealand on back-to-back occasions in the 2011 Quarter Finals and 2015 semi-final.
They were the strongest contenders in 2015 World Cup and a series of missed runouts and dropped catches in Auckland against the Blackcaps only added salt to their wounds.
South Africa could not make it to the semi-finals in 2016, 2021 and 2022 T20 World Cup, finishing third in the group stages in all of them. Also, this is the first time they have failed to qualify for the Final four in three consecutive editions of an IC event (WC/WT20/CT).