Saturday 29 March 2014 

Video - Broad, De Villiers On WT20 Thriller

England and South Africa captains Stuart Broad and AB de Villiers talk to the media following South Africa's three-run ICC World Twent20 Group One win in Chittagong.

South Africa's victory means they have qualified for the semi-finals with England unable to progress from the group stages despite having one more game to play.

The highlight of a high-scoring match was de Villiers' own knock of 69 not out in 28 balls.

Standing in for Faf du Plessis as skipper, de Villiers said he was delighted with the win and the entertaining nature of the game.

"That's T20 cricket, 20 overs a side, on a pretty good wicket, with a wet ball, it's always going to come down to the last few balls, always going to be close," he said.

"I think I must give credit to the grounds and the wickets they've produced in Bangladesh.

It's been outstanding cricket, great entertainment for everyone, very enjoyable for us as players to see value for your shots and also get something out of it for the bowlers, something there for the bowlers. (We're) just delighted with the win and wee're ready to move on to the semi-finals now."

After England closed on 193 for seven replying to South Africa's 196 for five, Broad paid tribute to de Villiers' innings, admitting that his side had also missed chances in the field which cost them.

"Yeah, we obviously missed chances, but that can happen in these conditions," he said.

"South Africa out-fielded us, there's no doubt about that, but the whole game was pretty much reliant on AB's (AB de Villiers) knock and if someone goes and hits it at that strike rate, they've got a fantastic chance of going on and winning the game.

"He took it away from us in those few overs and if we'd havebeen chasing 170 or something in these conditions I'd imagine that would be pretty gettable."

South Africa will be joined in the semi-finals by the winner of Monday's game between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and will play one of Australia, India, Pakistan or the West Indies.

England finish their campaign with a match against the Netherlands on the same day which is now a dead rubber.

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