T20 World Cup final - time, key players & how to follow

A split image of South Africa captain Aiden Markram (left) and India captain Rohit Sharma (right)
Ball-by-ball commentary of the final will be available on BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app [Getty Images]

After 54 matches, just two teams remain in the 2024 Men's T20 World Cup.

South Africa will take on India in Saturday's final in Barbados - with both sides fittingly unbeaten in the tournament so far.

BBC Sport gives you all the key information before the final, including when it starts, Steven Finn's key players and how to follow all the action.

When is the T20 World Cup final?

Saturday, 29 June (15:30 BST): South Africa v India (Kensington Oval, Barbados)

Is there a reserve day?


There will be a reserve day on Sunday, 30 June, also from 15:30 BST.

There is an extra 190 minutes allocated on each day, and 10 overs per side constitutes a match.

Get to know the two finalists

South Africa

ICC T20 world ranking: Fourth

Best T20 World Cup performance: Semi-finalists (2009 & 2014)

South Africa's route to the finals

The Proteas are unbeaten in the tournament. They won all four of their group stage games, despite a scare that saw them win by one run against Associate nation Nepal.

That fine form continued in the Super 8s with wins over the United States, England and crucially West Indies, when a defeat would have seen them knocked out.

They then thrashed Afghanistan in the first semi-final in Trinidad.

It is the first time the South Africa men's team will play in a World Cup final in either of the white-ball formats.

Key players, by ex-England bowler and TMS pundit Steven Finn

I'm going to go with batter Heinrich Klaasen, who has not really fired yet but should have a key part to play in this tournament at some stage.

He was in good form coming into the tournament too - and he should be their most dangerous batter in the middle order after they will hope Quinton de Kock has set a platform.

In their bowling attack I am going to highlight Kagiso Rabada. Anrich Nortje has taken one more wicket but Rabada has been more impressive. He is more versatile and that is important in T20 cricket.


ICC T20 world ranking: First

Best T20 World Cup performance: Winners (2007)

India's route to the semi-finals

India are another unbeaten side, having strolled through every stage so far.

Their closest match was a victory by just six runs in a turgid game against Pakistan in New York, but they blew away Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Australia in the Super 8s.

India then crushed England in the second semi-final in Guyana.

They are looking to win an ICC event for the first time since the 2013 Champions Trophy and their first World Cup in either format since 2011.

Key players, by ex-England bowler and TMS pundit Steven Finn

Unsurprisingly my first player is fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. He has got 13 wickets, at an economy of 4.12, in this tournament. He is versatile, he is quick and he reads the game situation expertly. He is the best bowler in the world.

The second one is left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav. He showed in taking 3-19 in the semi-final victory over England how dangerous he is on turning surfaces in the Caribbean.

India's bowling attack can win them this World Cup.

How to follow on the BBC

Whether it is pre-match, in-game or post-match, the BBC has you covered.

There will be ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra on the final.

That commentary, plus live text updates and in-play video clips, will be available on the BBC Sport website and app.

The Test Match Special podcast is available on BBC Sounds.

You will also be able to follow regular coverage on the BBC Cricket Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts.

The final is available to watch live in the UK on Sky Sports.