England pass despite South Africa defeat

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Sharjah
South Africa 189-2 (20 overs): Van der Dussen 94 * (60), Markram 52 * (25)
England 179-8 (20 overs): Moeen 37 (27), Malan 33 (26); Rabada 3-48
South Africa won by 10 runs

England qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s T20 World Cup despite an entertaining 10-run loss to South Africa in Sharjah.

Chasing 190, England needed 14 of the last six balls, but Kagiso Rabada started the return with a hat-trick, with Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan caught deep.

Although they inflicted a first defeat of the tournament on England, the fact that South Africa did not limit them to 131 or less meant that Australia made it to the last four at the expense of the Proteas.

Significantly, England lost starter Jason Roy to what appeared to be a serious calf injury.

He seemed on the verge of crying when he was forced to retire injured in the 20th and was seen on crutches after the game.

In a game packed with wonderful shots, Rassie van der Dussen made a brilliant 94 not out of 60 balls in South Africa’s 189-2, sharing an uninterrupted 103-run position with Aiden Markram, who scored 52 not out of 25 deliveries.

Mass continue.

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