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India vs South Africa at the T20 World Cup Final: All You Need to Know

T20 World Cup Final 2024
Key Information
  • Teams: India vs South Africa
  • Event: Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Final
  • Date: Saturday morning, Bridgetown, Barbados
Key Questions Answered

1. Historic Clash:
This is the first time India and South Africa are meeting in a men’s ICC tournament final. Previously, they met in the 2014 T20 World Cup semi-final, which India won.

2. Best Teams of the Tournament:
Both teams are unbeaten and topped their groups. South Africa has an extra win due to India’s washout against Canada. The winner will be the first unbeaten T20 World Cup champion.

3. Tougher Route to the Final:

  • South Africa: Wins against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Nepal, USA, England, and West Indies. Beat Afghanistan by nine wickets in the semi-final.
  • India: Wins over Ireland, Pakistan, USA, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Australia. Beat England by 68 runs in the semi-final.

4. Significance for South Africa:
This is their first men’s World Cup final, having only won the 1998 Champions Trophy. They have previously reached multiple semi-finals in both ODI and T20 World Cups.

5. Importance for India:
India aims to end their ICC title drought since 2011. They have reached multiple finals and semi-finals since their 2007 T20 World Cup win.

6. Previous West Indies World Cup:
The last World Cup in the West Indies was the 2010 T20 World Cup. The final, like this year, was held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

7. Pitch and Conditions:

  • Nine tournament matches held at Kensington Oval.
  • Teams batting first won three of the last four completed matches.
  • India has one win at this venue against Afghanistan.
  • South Africa has not played here yet.

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8. Wind Factor:
Wind gusts of 35-45 kmph are expected but may not significantly impact the game.

9. Weather Forecast:

  • Showers expected with a 50% chance of rain in the morning, reducing to 30% by the scheduled toss time.
  • 190 minutes of extra time allotted to complete the game.
  • Both teams need to bat at least 10 overs for a result.

10. Reserve Day:
If play is not possible on Saturday, it will continue from where it left off on Sunday. The forecast for Sunday is better with only a 20% chance of rain.

11. Joint Winners:
If a result is not possible even on the reserve day, both teams will be declared joint winners.

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