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Mar 29, 2014
South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 2014 with a narrow three-run victory over England on March 29. England were chasing an imposing 197-run target in the Group 1 Super 10s match at Chittagong. The result rules out England’s chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. They could only manage 193 for seven in their run-chase.
Alex Hales top-scored with 38 runs while Jos Buttler scored 34 and Ravi Bopara struck 31. Tim Bresnan’s late blitz of a four-ball 17 was not enough for England. Wayne Parnell took three wickets for South Africa. Imran Tahir also got two wickets.
JP Duminy began proceedings for South Africa. Hales began England’s run-chase with a cover drive for four. Hales then swept a full delivery behind square on the leg side for consecutive fours. Albie Morkel shared the new ball with Duminy. He bowled a short and wide delivery and Hales cut it to the point fielder. The South African players celebrated, but the umpire called it for a front-foot no-ball. Replays showed that the decision has a harsh one as Morkel landed his foot just behind the crease.
Immediately Hales struck back-to-back fours through cover to add fuel to the fire. Beuran Hendricks bowled a length delivery and Lumb clubbed it over deep mid-wicket for a six to get of the mark. There was a mix-up between Hales and Lumb in the fourth over. Lumb sent Hales back after nudging one on the leg side. Dale Steyn missed with his throw as Hales was short of his crease. Hales’s momentum made him destroy the stumps though.
Lumb then played a lofted cover-drive to a full delivery from Steyn and got a big six. Lumb then struck a full delivery from Wayne Parnell in the air down the ground for a four. The next delivery was a low full-toss, but Lumb hit it straight to David Miller at short extra-cover. He was out for 18 off 14 deliveries.
Hales immediately swung the momentum back in England’s favour with two fours and a six in-a-row off Hendricks in the sixth over. The fours were towards deep square-leg and point. The six was high over deep mid-wicket. Ali got his first four with a cut shot to a wide delivery from Imran Tahir.
Parnell struck in the eighth over as Hales mistimed a lofted drive in the air to Miller at deep extra-cover. He was dismissed for 38 off 22 deliveries. The batsmen crossed and Ali was in strike. He got a thin edge behind as Quinton de Kock took the catch to put Parnell on a hat-trick. Ali was out for 10. Buttler edged the hat-trick ball towards third-man and got of the mark.
After the loss of those two wickets the onus was on Eoin Morgan and Buttler to guide England. Morgan played an inside-out shot off Duminy over extra-cover for his first four. Steyn was brought back into the attack in the 12th over. England’s 100 came up as Buttler opened the face of the bat and got a single towards third-man. The scoring in became very slow as the required run-rate neared 12 runs an over.
Tahir then found the outside-edge off Morgan’s bat with one which skidded one. De Kock took the catch and Morgan was out for 14 runs off 14 deliveries. Buttler then teased the South African fielders with two consecutive fours. He first hit one from Hendricks for a four over de Villiers at mid-off. The next delivery was hit over Parnell at mid-on for another four. He then smashed one towards wide long-on for a six. But Buttler reverse-swept one from Tahir to Albie Morkel at point. Morkel, though, dislocated his finger while catching the ball.
Chris Jordan and Bopara hit a four each in the 16th and 17th overs respectively, but England’s require run-rate had increased to 15 runs. They needed 45 runs off 18 deliveries. Bopara did hit two fours in-a-row in the 18th over bowled by Parnell to bring the equation to 34 runs off 12 deliveries. Jordan then found the gap in-between extra-cover and mid-off and got a four.
But Jordan then hit one in the air and de Villiers took the catch running back. Bopara then smashed a six over long-off and England needed 22 runs off the last over. But Steyn bowled that over and he struck with Bopara’s wicket for 31. Bopara skied one and Miller caught in the deep. Bresnan pulled one for six and inside-edge the next for a four behind the wickets. He then hit the last ball for a six down the ground. But he and Stuart Broad could not get the runs required and England lost the match and were out of contention for a semi-final spot.
Earlier, England captain Broad won the toss and elected to bowl first. England are unchanged from their brilliant win over Sri Lanka. South Africa are led by de Villiers as Faf du Plessis is serving a one-match suspension. Farhaan Behardien comes in for du Plessis. Parnell replaces Lonwabo Tsotobe.
South Africa posted an imposing total of 196 for five in their 20 overs against England. Hashim Amla scored a fluent 56 off 37 deliveries with six fours and two sixes at the top of the order. Although, it was de Villiers’s brilliant 28-ball 69 that powered South Africa in the end. He struck nine fours and three sixes in his extra-ordinary innings. De Villiers was the Man of the Match.
South Africa 196 for 5 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 56, Quinton de Kock 29, AB de Villiers 69*; James Tredwell 1 for 25, Stuart Broad 1 for 33) beat England 193 for 7 in 20 overs (Alex Hales 38, Jos Buttler 34; Wayne Parnell 3 for 31, Imran Tahir 2 for 27) by 3 runs.
Man of the Match: AB de Villiers
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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