Netherlands do India, Pakistan a favour by beating South Africa

The story of the World Cup remains the same for South Africa. After several heartbreaks, oh-no moments and near misses, they were made to rue another opportunity as they lost to Netherlands in their last group game. Coming into the game, they had their fate in their hands and were considered the overwhelming favourites to top the group. But now they are headed down the exit lane. But this was a story as much as about South Africa’s propensity to self-strangle as the pluck and spirit the Dutch embodied. One final song for the underdogs in a tournament that has witnessed many a shock win. That three of the Dutch heroes had a South African connection made the win all the more a fascinating one.

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