Quinton de Kock scored a breathtaking fifty © AFP (File Photo)
Quinton de Kock scored a breathtaking fifty © AFP (File Photo)

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, and JP Duminy massacred the England bowlers with rampaging half-centuries to guide South Africa to a humongous 229 for 4 in T20 World Cup 2016, Match 18 of Group 1 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. David Willey started the match with an over that cost only 2 runs, but after that it was all South Africa. Reece Topley was taken for 15 in his first over; Willey went for 20 in his next; Moeen Ali then went for 13; Chris Jordan was blasted for 22; Ben Stokes for 11; Adil Rashid for 13. Moeen struck with the first ball of the eighth over, but by then South Africa had amassed 96 off their first seven overs at a run rate of 13.71. De Kock was the first to get to his landmark but was out soon after, holing out to Alex Hales in the deep off Moeen Ali for 52 off only 24 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs England, ICC World T20 2016, Match 18 at Mumbai

AB de Villiers walked in at No. 3 and looked good, hitting Adil Rashid for back-to-back sixes. He was dismissed going for a third big hit, slicing Rashid to Eoin Morgan on the off side for 16 off 8 balls. South Africa had raced away to 114 for 2 in 9 overs. Amla kept going at the other end, and got to his third half-century in as many T20 innings. However, he too did not last long after, falling LBW to the impressive Moeen for a 31-ball 58 with 7 fours and 4 sixes. Amla had scored 69 not out against England and followed it up with 97 not out against Australia before finally being dismissed against England for 58, giving him 224 runs between dismissals — a T20I record. Full Cricket Blog: South Africa vs England, ICC World T20 2016, Match 18 at Mumbai

The run rate slowed a bit after Amla’s dismissal, but only for a while. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis went past 1,000 T2oI runs in the course of his knock, but took his time to get set. He was eventually snapped up holing out to Jason Roy off David Willy for a run-a-ball 17. JP Duminy, on the other hand, continued from where the others left off before him, and was joined in the party by David Miller.

The left-handed duo picked up the scoring rate, but they did not quite manage to emulate the destruction Amla and de Kock had caused earlier in the match, but it was enough to take the Proteas past 200. Duminy got to his half-century in the last over of the innings, and Miller cleaned up with a six and a four off the last two balls of the innings. The partnership had yielded 60 runs in less than 5 overs.

Brief scores:

South Africa 229 for 4 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 58, Quinton de Kock 52, JP Duminy 54*; Moeen Ali 2 for 34) vs England.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he loves watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)