In a thrilling match at the Nassau County International Stadium in New York, South Africa’s all-rounder Marco Jansen made a stunning catch to dismiss Max O’Dowd of the Netherlands, setting the tone for his team’s victory in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The 16th match of the tournament saw Netherlands take on South Africa, with the latter winning the toss and opting to bowl first.

The South African bowling attack was on fire, with Marco Jansen and Ottniel Baartman taking the first two wickets. Jansen’s incredible catch off Baartman’s bowling proved to be a turning point in the match.

As O’Dowd tried to hit the delivery, he got a thick outside edge, which Marco Jansen expertly took with a one-handed blinder, sending the Dutch opener back to the pavilion. The impressive catch left O’Dowd with just 2 runs off 6 deliveries.

WATCH: Jansen’s exceptional catch against NED

As of writing, Netherlands had lost six wickets, with their batting line-up struggling to put up a decent score. South Africa’s strong start has set them up for a potential victory, following their season opener win against Sri Lanka.

Marco Jansen

In a post-match interview, South Africa skipper Aiden Markram emphasized the importance of not underestimating any opponent, stating,

“We’ve seen in the WC alone, can’t take any team lightly. It’s a big game for us.” On the other hand, Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards expressed confidence in his team’s abilities, citing their previous wins against similar opponents. “We take a lot of confidence from the games we have won against similar guys. We played a pretty good game the other day. Our bowlers were awesome and the batters got it done.”

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Marco Jansen’s stunning blinder has undoubtedly set the tone for South Africa’s victory in this crucial match. As the tournament continues to unfold, fans will be eagerly awaiting more thrilling performances from this talented all-rounder.

By Ritik Sharma

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