Bittersweet Win for South Africa

South Africa glamorously won by 10 runs

  • South Africa 189/2

England 179/8

Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram put up an unbroken century stand to inflict England their first T20 World Cup loss, but it wasn’t enough to advance South Africa to the semi-finals.

With his 94 not out from 60 deliveries, Van der Dussen supplied the brains, while Markram provided the muscle with 52 from 25 deliveries, propelling their side to 189 for 2. However, in order to advance to the semi-finals on NRR, South Africa needed to keep England to 131 runs or less in their run chase. Despite their 10-run setback, England won the group despite the devastating loss of Jason Roy to a calf injury in the fifth over of their innings.

When Roy was injured, Moeen Ali came in and top-scored for England with 37 from 27 deliveries. He scored 51 runs with Dawid Malan, England’s second-highest scorer with 33 runs. However, they fell short of their target because of a late flurry of wickets, including a hat-trick by Kagiso Rabada in the penultimate over.

South Africa’s best individual score in a men’s T20 World Cup was van der Dussen’s innings. In the sixth over, he hit successive fours and sixes off Chris Woakes to take his side’s powerplay score to 40 for 1, the best against England in the competition. To add insult to injury for England, van der Dussen hit six sixes and five fours in an impressive effort to lead a tenacious South African inning.

Moeen Ali came in at No. 3 and hit two sixes en way to his score, the second of which was the highlight of England’s innings until Liam Livingstone smacked a 112-meter effort over deep midwicket for his first of three sixes in a row off Rabada.

With 0-45 from his first three overs, Rabada has taken a beating from the England hitters. With a hat-trick off the first three balls in the final over of the match, he all but ended England’s chances of victory. With England needing 14 runs, Woakes was caught for seven by Anrich Nortje at deep midwicket, and then by Eoin Morgan, who picked out Keshav Maharaj at deep backward square. Rabada had three from three when Jordan was caught at long-off by David Miller. With Rabada’s 3 for 48 and South Africa’s heartbreaking 10-run victory, England managed just one run off each of the final three balls, via Rashid and Wood.