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The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 has reached its final stage with India and South Africa scheduled to take on each other in the final on Saturday at the  Kensington Oval Barbados. While India took their revenge of the semi-final loss against England in the previous edition, South Africa demolished Afghanistan to reach their first-ever World Cup final.

In this article, we will go through all the big news that took place on Friday, June 28. But, before that, let's take a look at the matches scheduled to take place today.

Today's match preview

ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa vs India

South Africa will take on India in the final of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados at 08:00 P.M. IST. These two teams have played some exceptional cricket in the tournament thus far, reaching the summit clash after staying undefeated during their respective campaigns. With such high-quality players in the South African and Indian squads, the T20 World Cup 2024 final could turn out to be an instant classic.

Major cricket events that happened on Friday, June 28

India Women vs South Africa Women - Day 1: One-Off Test

After winning the toss, India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur elected to bat first and a 292-run opening wicket partnership between Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana helped India end the play on Day 1 at 536 runs with a loss of four wickets. While Shafali Verma (205) smashed a double century, Smriti Mandhana fell one run shy of completing 150 runs. Apart from them, Jemimah Rodrigues (55) and Harmanpreet Kaur (50*) smashed half-centuries while Richa Ghosh is currently batting at 48 runs.

Always in favour of India winning World Cup, Rohit Sharma deserves to win: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that he always wanted India to win the World Cup. Not only this, but the cricketing great also said that Rohit Sharma, team India’s current skipper, deserves to win the cup.  Fondly called ‘Rawalpindi Express’ by the cricketing fraternity, Akhtar said that he was hurt when India missed the World Cup last year by a whisker. Akhtar also hailed Rohit Sharma on his YouTube channel and called him a selfless captain.

South Africa faces logistical issues ahead of T20WC’24 finale; reach Barbados 6 hours after scheduled time

The  T20 World Cup 2024  has reached the penultimate stage, and it will be South Africa taking on inaugural champions India on Saturday, June 29 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 final, the Protea Men fell victim to some logistical issues, which has been an issue faced by several former cricketers and teams alike during the course of a one-month-long event.

Ravichandran Ashwin trolls Michael Vaughan after India defeat England in T20 World Cup 2024 semifinal

On Thursday, June 27, the Indian cricket team thumped England by 68 runs in the second semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2024, booking a spot in the final against South Africa. In his comment about the one-sided contest, Michael Vaughan spoke about how India are better on “lower slower spinning pitches,” prompting Ravichandran Ashwin to troll him with a mathematical formula in response.

Yuvraj Singh shares hilarious post after India beat England in T20 World Cup 2024 semifinal

Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian cricketer and the ambassador of the T20 World Cup 2024, took to his official X account to congratulate Team India for defeating England in the semifinal of the tournament. In the same post, the 42-year-old, also took a sly dig at his in-laws as their daughter and his wife Hazel Keech, an actress and model, are all born and brought up in England.

Irfan Pathan pens emotional note for on hairstylist Faiyaz Ansari's tragic passing

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan shared an emotional message on social media for his hairstylist Faiyaz Ansari who passed away after drowning in a swimming pool during their T20 World Cup 2024 trip. The horrific incident occurred before the Super 8 match between India and Australia. Ansari worked for the former all-rounder and travelled with Pathan to the Caribbean for his commentary during the T20 World Cup 2024.