(England clash with South Africa in the ICC World T20 2014 at Chittagong on March 29. Catch Live Cricket Score of the match in our updates below).
This is Bharath Ramaraj signing off. Hope you enjoyed a humdinger of a contest.
Bresnan plays a few shots but all in the losing cause. England are out of ICC World T20 2014. A fine win for South Africa.
OUT! Bopara 31(18)
Chris Jordan too loses his wicket. A fine running catch by De Villiers.
OUT! C Jordan 16(14)
This is turning into a damp squib for England. Where are the fours and sixes? Maybe Bopara heard it as a top edge gets him a boundary over third-man.
England need some towering sixes here otherwise it will be a case of 11 forlorn faces at the end of the match. The left-armer’s angle of Parnell making it more of a problem for them. Having a left-arm quick in T20Is is like gold dust.
Tahir getting it to skid off the surface again. He is bowling from around the wicket. A fine strategy that. It works for him as Buttler tries a reverse sweep and loses his wicket. Well done to De Villiers and Tahir for working out a fine strategy.
OUT! J Buttler 34(24)
When Buttler plays even those mishits keeps going for boundaries. However Hendricks from around gets it to tuck both batsmen before Buttler smashes him for a six.
Tahir skids off the surface yet again to get a wicket off Morgan.
OUT! E Morgan 14(14)
The rifle totting gazelle Steyn back into the attack. He isn’t yet zipping through the crease. Maybe he is worried by the slippery conditions.
Imran Tahir with his skiddy wrong uns looking good. These conditions do help him.
Eoin Morgan trying to find gaps with chronometric precision. But South African seamers are bowling wide of off-stump to him.
England need a partnership here. The ball is getting changed due to dew conditions.
The dew factor coming into play here. A score of 197 seems like 157 in these conditions.Hales though is out. Now that wicket may turn the tables. He is followed to the pavilion by Moeen Ali too. Parnell on a hat-trick but he doesn’t get it.
OUT! A Hales 38(22), OUT! M Ali 10(10)
Tahir into the attack. He straightaway bowls a googly. The young Moeen though uses Asian wrists to essay a boundary through third-man.
Hendricks into the attack. He hits back of a length stuff straightaway. The Halestorm though continues to be fire as he helps it on the way for a boundary. Another boundary that leaves fielders in a state of trance. He ends the over with a cracking shot over mid-wicket for six. This is some poor stuff from the left-armer, Hendricks.
Lumb who has built his game on power starts with a boundary. The power-packed player though gets out caught brilliantly by David Miller. An unbelievable catch taken at short cover!
OUT! M Lumb 18(14)
Dale Steyn, the gazelle into the attack. The tall Notts player Hales doing what he does best in County cricket. With a high back lift play power packed shots. He may have been run out though but Hales gets back in. Along with getting back to the crease he smashes the stumps too! His partner Lumb ends the overs with a six.
Lumb joins the party with a scorching six as well.
You have just witnessed a genius in action… @ABdeVilliers17 is a freak.. Some of those shots were outrageous.. Best in the world.. #fact
Albie Morkel opening the bowling. Well you expected Dale Steyn to open the bowling. Drama galore! Hales gets out but it is called as no ball. Believe-it-or-not that wasn’t a no ball. To make it worse for South Africa Hales gets away a boundary.
South Africa start with spin of Duminy against Lumb. A good idea as even a decade or so ago when Lumb came into County cricket he was never said to be good against spin. His partner Hales is struggling against spin as well. He finally gets one boundary away.
Now in the last over De Villiers showcased that he has been bestowed with god-gifted eye as he changes hand to play through third-man for a boundary. In the final over against Bresnan then he crosses over towards off-stump to cross-bat a six. That shot bordered on the outer limits of sheer arrogance. To make it worse Moeen Ali drops a catch of him the next ball! A Morkel though, is out of the last ball as South Africa make 196/5.
OUT! A Morkel 3(3)
The young Jordan into the attack. He too seems to have pressed the panic button by bowling full. Now you don’t bowl full-tosses to Miller and he sends it deep into the orbit with his bazooka bat for one crackerjack six. Miller though gets out and he would disappointed as he lost his wicket to a full toss
OUT! D Miller 19(15)
England’s match winner err for the opposition Dernbach into the attack. He straightaway tries to bowl full and gets clambered for boundaries. Another fuller one and De Villiers smashes a six as well.When will Dernbach bowl a stock delivery?
De Villiers in sheer frustration tries to thump it over covers but only finds the toe end of the bat. England continuing with the strategy of bowling short of a length. De Villiers finally gets one in the middle of the bat to smash a boundary.
De Villiers needs to get more strike here. South Africa have to get a good score as the dew will hurt their bowlers when they bowl. England just keeping it tight. They are bowling back of a length. A clever strategy on a track with so much dew around.
Unfortunate run-out there as Duminy gets out. Borad has six fielders inside the circle. England are clawing their way back into the game.
OUT! Duminy 5(5)
de Villiers is in resplendent touch for South Africa.
De Kock too gets out. AB de Villiers though is playing fine shots.
OUT! Kock 29(33)
AB de Villiers in the new batsman. Bopara has changed the angle to bowl from around the wicket to left-hander, de Kock.
The magician Amla is out. He tries to hoick Broad over the on-side but gets caught in the deep with Hales taking a fine catch.
OUT! H Amla 57(37)
Not sure why we have a light issue when England’s kit was designed to glow in the dark. #ENGvSA
Ravi Bopara into the attack. He tries one back off the hand stuff. Amla yet again with his dexterous wrists tries to play a shot through the off-side. He misses as does Buttler. The Somerset err Lancastrian now is a having a bad day today.
Amla reaches a fine half-century. Incredibly it is his first against England in T20Is.
We are back with live action. Well, Amla is a batsman who seems to have the concentration prowess of buddhist monk as he essays another boundary.
Stuart Broad into the attack now. South African batsmen are looking to keep the scorecard ticking by rotating the strike with needlepoint precision. Well, we have another floodlight delay here!
James Tredwell, the off-spinner into the attack. He bowls a long-hop and de Kock with his horizontal arc of the willow essays a boundary.
The Sussex man, Chris Jordan with his energetic-industrious stamina is into the attack. He can bowl that jaw-dropping delivery but also tends to go for runs. Amla greets him with a boundary too.
The dew is already playing its part. Amla now plays an agricultural hoick down the ground for a boundary off Bresnan. You don’t usually associate Amla with slogging.
Dernbach continues to bowl back of a length stuff. Quinton de Kock though isn’t able to find that precise metre of timing.He finally finds one middle of the bat and smashes a boundary.
Hashim Amla just has magic hands as he smashes a boundary through the off-side. Can you believe it? Jos Buttler has missed an easy stumping off Amla. England have tended to miss easy chances of Amla before too. Amla though doesn’t lose his cool as he dances down the wicket like a ballet dancer to essay a six.
We are back with live action as the floodlight comes back into play.
Amla is a batsman of the highest class. He plays a pull shot off Jade Dernbach that just leaves everyone gasping for breath. He essays another supreme shot through the on-side. Dernbach again bowling all over the place for England. Can you believe it? There is a floodlight failure now!
Moeen Ali is open the bowling yet again for England. Hashim Amla though with his willowy wrists essays a superb shot through the off-side for a boundary.
Toss: England captain Stuart Broad wins toss and elects to bowl. New Zealand is captained by Brendon McCullum.
England: Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, James Tredwell.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of this Group 1 Super 10s clash in the ICC World T20 2014 between England and South Africa at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. England will be buoyed by Alex Hales’s brilliant ton that led the poms to an improbable win against Sri Lanka. South Africa on the other hand suffered a scare against the onslaught of Netherlands and a repeat of that performance would see them crash out of the tournament. England, too are an highly enigmatic bunch and this match should make for compelling viewing. I am Bharat Ramaraj and will be bringing you all the live updates.