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The Proteas gave a good fight against India but fell short as they lost by seven runs in the T20 World Cup final on Saturday. Both sides were unbeaten on their way to the Final showpiece at the Kensington Oval.

Chasing 177, the Proteas needed just 30 runs from 30 balls with five wickets in hand. But things fell apart under pressure at the death to finish 168 for eight.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) congratulated the team for finishing as runners-up in the tournament.

“A heartfelt congratulations to the Proteas for their valiant efforts,” said CSA Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki.

“This team has shown tremendous tenacity and strength throughout their entire T20 World Cup campaign, and for that I commend them.

“The Proteas remain champions in their own right. While we may not have the silverware, we have witnessed a team that embodies greatness and unity which is unbreakable.”

“Despite not being able to clinch the victory, reaching the World Cup final for the first time holds immense significance in the world of cricket. We will continue to support the Proteas as they pursue their journey and aim for that number one spot in future World Cups.”

CSA PROUD DESPITE PROTEAS LOSING TO INDIA IN THE T20 WORLD CUP FINAL

CSA Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe, said; “Congratulations to Coach Rob Walter and the Proteas team. As a team, I commend the commitment shown by each and every squad member, both on and off the field. Achieving this milestone and witnessing today’s heroics will be etched into the history books.

“We are extremely proud of the way the team has conducted themselves and the great cricketing moments they have produced throughout this World Cup. This journey is far from over.”

Several members of the Proteas squad will return to South Africa on a date to be confirmed. The rest of the squad, who are contracted to the Major League Cricket (MLC), will not be immediately returning to South Africa and will travel to the USA for the tournament.

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