ICC T20 WC: England lose but knock South Africa out of semis
England knocked South Africa out of the ICC T20 World Cup but ended up losing their final Super 12 stage encounter by 10 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday night.
South Africa after being asked to bat posted 189 for two in their 20 overs and in their response England fell short by 10 runs to finish on 179 for eight in their 20 overs.
Earlier South Africa were well served at the start by a 71-run second wicket stand between Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen. de Kock fell for 34 with the score on 86. Then van der Dussen took charge. He added an unbroken 103 for the third wicket with Aiden Markram. Together the pair went beserk scoring at will against the hapless English bowlers. In the end van der Dussen remained unbeaten on 94 off 60 balls with five boundaries and six sixes. Markram also was unbeaten on 52 off just 25 balls with two boundaries and four sixes. In the end South Africa finished on 189 for two in their 20 overs. None of the English bowlers created any impact except Moeen Ali who gave away just 27 runs in his four overs scalping one wicket.
Mark Boucher speaks after South Africa beat the England by 10 runs #T20WorldCup
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England had to cross 87 to qualify for the semi-finals. But for South Africa to quality they had to restrict to 131 or less.
In their response Jason Roy got injured and had to walk off retired hurt, Then Jos Buttler took charge but he fell soon after. Jonny Bairstow followed suit with the score on 59 and South Africa felt they had a chance. But Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan combined well for a partnership worth 51 for the third wicket. Then after Ali fell, Liam Livingstone smoking a quickfire 28 off 17 balls. Towards the end England lost wickets in a heap. Kagiso Rabada picked up a hat-trick in the final over of the match, the third hat-trick of the tournament.
But once England crossed 131, South Africa were knocked out of the tournament.
In the end, England was restricted to 179 for eight in their 20 overs, falling 10 short of their target.
For South Africa, the best bowlers were Kagiso Rabada (3-48), Tabraiz Shamsi (2-24) and Dwaine Pretorius (2-30).
South Africa: 189-2
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Reeza Hendricks-2.4 ov), 2-86 (Quinton de Kock-11.2 ov)
England: 179-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 0-38* (Jason Roy-retired hurt), 1-58 (Jos Buttler-5.3 ov), 2-59 (Jonny Bairstow-6.2 ov), 3-110 (Moeen Ali-12.2 ov), 4-145 (Dawid Malan-16.2 ov), 5-165 (Liam Livingstone-18.1 ov), 6-176 (Chris Woakes-19.1 ov), 7-176 (Eoin Morgan-19.2 ov), 8-176 (Chris Jordan-19.3 ov)
Result: South Africa won by 10 runs
Eoin Morgan speaks after South Africa beat the England by 10 runs #T20WorldCup
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England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: Chris Brown, Joel Wilson (On-field Umpires); Paul Wilson (TV Umpire); Rod Tucker (Reserve Umpire); David Boon (Match-referee)
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