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India champions after tense T20 World Cup win over SA

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Virat Kohli struck his first 50 of this World Cup and Axar Patel smashed 47 to power India to a healthy total.

India’s Virat Kohli bats as South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock looks on during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 final. Picture: Randy Brooks, AFP

India beat South Africa by seven runs in a heart-stopping final to win the Twenty20 World Cup at the Kensington Oval on Saturday.

Electing to bat on a dry surface, 2007 champions India overcame a top-order meltdown to post a competitive 176/7.

Virat Kohli (76) struck his first 50 of this World Cup and Axar Patel smashed 47 to power India to a healthy total.

Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj claimed two wickets apiece for South Africa.

The Proteas suffered a top order collapse of their own but Quinton de Kock (39) and Tristan Stubbs (31) put their chase back on track.

Heinrich Klaasen (52) then counter-attacked in spectacular fashion but India’s impeccable death-overs bowling restricted South Africa to 169/8.

Reuters

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Ed Osmond and Alison Williams

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