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T20 World Cup: South Africa beat England by 10 runs but still exit

T20 World Cup: South Africa fail to reach semifinals despite 10-run win, England and Australia advance

ICC T20 World Cup: South Africa failed to qualify for the semifinals from Group 1 despite beating England by 10 runs in their final Super 12 game in Sharjah on Saturday.

South Africa (189/2) beat England (179/8) by 10 runs in Sharjah

The Proteas had to restrict England under 131 to qualify for the semifinals

England and Australia, who defeated West Indies earlier on Saturday, go through to the last-4 from Group 1

South Africa’s ICC T20 World Cup 2021 came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday as they failed to qualify for the semifinals despite beating England by 10 runs in their final Super 12 game in Sharjah.

The Proteas posted 189 on the board batting first and had to restrict England under 131 to reach the last four but failed to stop the 2010 champions, who will go through from Group 1 along with Australia.

England couldn’t overhaul the actual target of 190 but finished with 179 for 8 in 20 overs with Moeen Ali (37) and Dawid Malan (33) playing breezy cameos to snuff out South Africa’s semi-final hopes.

Kagiso Rabada picked up a hat-trick in the final over of the chase to add his name to an elite list of bowlers. He became the first South African and 25th bowler overall to take 3 wickets in 3 balls in the shortest format of international cricket.

The win was South Africa’s fourth in a row but it still wasn’t enough for them to go through to the knockouts.

“In the context it (the win) doesn’t mean too much, we knew we had to get a good score on the board and we’ve asked a lot from the bowlers, it was probably too much to get us into the semis.

“But still a good performance beating a good side. Type of wicket where if you get in, you’re a lot more effective. You saw that at the back of their innings.

“From a batting point of view that’s been a challenge, and the batting units that adapted the quickest have been most successful,” Player of the match Rassie van der Dussen said after the game.

With Australia beating West Indies in the previous match of the day, South Africa needed a victory and a massive run-rate boost to be the second team from Group I to make the last four.

They showed some intent with the bat and Rassie van der Dussen blasted an unbeaten 94 off 60 balls to propel South Africa to 189-2, their highest score of the tournament.

Van der Dussen’s 60-ball unbeaten knock had five fours and six sixes while Markram struck two boundaries and four maximums off 25 deliveries during his unconquered innings as the duo shared 103 runs for the unbroken third wicket after South Africa were invited to bat. The Proteas added 116 runs from the back-10, thanks to fireworks from van der Dussen and Markram.



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