Proteas T20 World Cup

The Proteas celebrate. Image: ICC Media Zone

T20 World Cup semi-final schedule: Set alarm clocks for Proteas!

The Proteas have a favourable T20 World Cup semi-final draw, with a title decider against India looking increasingly likely.

Proteas T20 World Cup

The Proteas celebrate. Image: ICC Media Zone

The dates, teams and venues have been confirmed for the knockout stage of the T20 World Cup, with the Proteas and Afghanistan set to contest the first semi-final in Trinidad and Tobago.

South Africa finished the Super Eight stage at the top of Group 2, and will look to maintain their unbeaten status at the tournament when they take on Afghanistan, the unexpected qualifiers from Group 1.

Afghanistan booked their place in the final four when they overcame Bangladesh’s fight in the final game of the Super Eights in St Vincent. After scoring 115/5 in the first innings, Afghanistan bowled out Bangladesh for 105 in a rain-affected game, securing an eight-run win (DLS method).

South Africa certainly won’t want to underestimate a dangerous Afghanistan, especially on what is expected to be a slow and turning wicket, but there is no doubt that Aiden Markram’s men will be favourites to progress to the final.

For the most ardent Proteas fans in South Africa, it will be an early wake-up call though, with this first semi-final getting under way at 02:30 (SA time) on Thursday, 27 June.

Meanwhile, India and England will be battling it out in the second knockout contest in Guyana, with this clash set to start at 16:30 later on Thursday.

The expectation will certainly be for a closely fought affair, but it should also be noted that there is a forecast for inclement weather that could wash out proceedings for India and England.

In rather odd quirk for this tournament, India were guaranteed a berth in the second semi-final if they qualified for the final four, and another oddity is the fact that there is no rain reserve day for this game in Guyana.

Should the game be washed out, then India will automatically qualify, and will progress to the final where the Proteas may well lie in wait.

Proteas have raised hopes with an unbeaten run at the T20 World Cup

Semi-final schedule:

First semi-final: South Africa v Afghanistan, Wednesday June 26 (8:30pm local; 02:30 SA time), Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago

Second semi-final: India v England, Thursday June 27 (10:30am local, 16:30 SA time), Guyana National Stadium, Guyana


Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Ottniel Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Dafabet Warriors), Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions) Ryan Rickelton (DP World Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans) and Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors).

You can check out all the squads here, with the Proteas boasting one of the strongest playing groups at the T20 World Cup.