South Africa clinched a last-over thriller versus England in Sharjah, but it surely wasn’t sufficient as they bowed out of the T20 World Cup 2021, with England and Australia qualifying for the semi-finals from Group 1 due to their superior web run fee.
Chasing 190, England received off to a brisk begin with each Jos Buttler and Jason Roy stroking a flurry of boundaries of the South African bowlers. England raced to 37/0 off 4 overs earlier than Roy walked off the sphere with a leg/hamstring harm and Moeen Ali got here in to bat.
In the sixth over, Buttler thumped Anrich Nortje for a most however the speedster reverted with Buttler’s wicket, caught at mid-off. England, although, have been nonetheless on prime with 59/1 on the finish of the powerplay.
Tabraiz Shamsi then introduced the sport in stability trapping Jonny Bairstow lbw within the seventh over. Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali put up a 51-run stand off 36 balls. Ali, after cracking three fours and two sixes, was dismissed by Shamsi, caught at long-on.
The required fee was up close to 12 however was introduced down quickly as Malan then flexed his arms, lofting Dwaine Pretorius straight down the bottom. It was the primary three balls of Kagiso Rabada’s third over, the sixteenth of England’s innings, that Liam Livingstone unleashed his energy, thwacking three massive sixes.
Malan, although, fell within the subsequent over to Pretorius after scoring 33 off 26 balls and the required fee rose again to over 12. Eoin Morgan took three boundaries in seven balls however noticed Livingstone get dismissed by Pretorius. Woakes hurled Pretorius for an enormous six over long-off leaving England needing 14 runs from the final over.
Rabada, who had conceded 45 in his three overs, had his revenge as he claimed a hat-trick: he had Woakes on the primary ball, Morgan on the second, and Chris Jordan on the third – all caught within the deep. Just three runs got here off the final three balls as South Africa gained by 10 runs.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan had gained the toss and elected to bowl first. Moeen Ali struck as soon as once more with the brand new ball within the match as he castled Reeza Hendricks within the third over. After that Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen cast a partnership.
Van der Dussen attacked Chris Woakes for a 4 and a six as South Africa reached 40/1 on the finish of the powerplay. One boundary every got here within the subsequent 5 overs, taking the scoreboard to 85/1 on the 11-over mark however de Kock holed out to long-on whereas trying to go massive towards Adil Rashid.
Van der Dussen raised his fifty off 37 balls and began to assault the bowlers: he launched Mark Wood for a most and smacked a few massive ones to Chris Woakes earlier than hitting a six within the final two overs every.
Aiden Markram, on the different finish, received going from the onset of his innings, walloping one hit over the fence every of Rashid and Woakes. He’d take two fours and one other six off Wood earlier than slamming Chris Jordan for his fourth six of the night time as he reached his half-century off 24 balls. The partnership between Markram and van der Dussen yielded South Africa 103 runs off 52 balls, taking the full to a huge 189.
Earlier within the day, Australia registered an 8-wicket win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi. In the method they went above South Africa’s NRR, which helped them make their technique to the semi-finals.
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