'Thought this target was achievable': “Disappointed” Aiden Markram after South Africa's loss in T20 World Cup final

'Thought this target was achievable': “Disappointed” Aiden Markram after South Africa's loss in T20 World Cup final

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“Saddened” and “hurt” by South Africa's loss in the T20 World Cup final, skipper Aiden Markram knew they could have won the match against India, even though they had set a target of 177 which he believed was “achievable”. South Africa were so close to the trophy, yet fell so far. When they needed 26 runs from the final four overs, they had a chance of lifting the World Cup trophy. With Heinrich Klaasen dominating the spinners and David Miller ready to open his arms at the other end, victory seemed just moments away from South Africa's grasp.

But the momentum and maths of the game changed when Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh and Jasprit Bumrah decided to take on the power-hitting duo.

The match reached a nail-biter but India kept their composure and won by 7 runs, leaving South Africa in a position where they will need some time to reflect on their campaign.

“Disappointed for the moment. It's going to take some time for us to really get a sense of how well the team has done. Obviously, as I said, it's quite sad at the moment. Having said that, I'm very proud of this group of players and everyone involved with the team. I think they bowled well. I don't think there was a lot to work on in terms of the pitch. We thought we did well in restricting them to a target that we thought was achievable. We thought we batted really well and it came down to a decisive moment,” Markram said in the post-match presentation.

It was a game that kept the spectators glued to their seats and expected all its ups and downs. After Klaasen's quick-fire half-century, things changed quickly and the game slipped out of South Africa's hands.

In the next eighteen balls, South Africa lost two wickets and managed just ten runs on the board, leaving them in a bizarre position going into the final over.

“A very good game of cricket. We have seen it in a lot of our games in this campaign – it's never over till the last ball is bowled. We never get comfortable, there's always the scoreboard pressure. And especially in the final end, things happen very quickly and can change very quickly. We were in a great position, which proves that we are worthy finalists,” Markram said.

When Klaasen was forcing the spinners to hit boundaries with ease, South Africa had a chance of winning their first T20 trophy. Although, things didn't go in their favour in the end, his inspirational journey still remains a proud moment for him.

“Today we could have won the game. Unfortunately, we didn't. Still, as I said, I'm very proud of our group. Hopefully it will go really well. One thing is for sure about South Africans, no matter where they are in the world, they are a really competitive people, a really respectful people, and a people who will go down with a fight. Hopefully, looking forward, we can learn a lot from some of those things and make good use of the skill side of the game. It's still a proud moment for us,” Markram concluded.

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