In the 39th match of the T20 World Cup, South Africa beat England by 10 runs in this match, the career-high score of Rossi Van der Dusen and the hat-trick of Kagiso Rabada’s last over after Aiden Markram’s stormy half-century, South Africa on Saturday He ended his winning campaign by defeating England by 10 runs but despite this he was ruled out of the ICC T20 World Cup. Batting first, South Africa scored 189 runs for two wickets. They had to restrict England to less than 131 runs to make it to the semi-finals. England scored 179 for eight to seal Australia’s place in the semi-finals, which had earlier defeated West Indies by eight wickets.
England, Australia and South Africa shared the same eight points each in the group of three. But the first two teams reached the last four due to better net run rate. Dussen scored an unbeaten 94 off 60 balls, which included five fours and six sixes. He shared an unbroken 103 off 52 balls for the third wicket with Quinton de Kock (34 off 27 balls) and 71 for the second wicket with Markram (52 not out off 25 balls, two fours, four sixes). South Africa scored 71 runs in the last five overs. Rabada conceded 45 runs in his first three overs but when England needed 14 runs in the last over, he made a hat-trick by dismissing Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan in the first three balls. He took three wickets for 48 runs.
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England’s start was not favorable in front of the big target. Moeen Ali (37 off 27 balls, three fours, two sixes), David Malan (33 off 26 balls, three fours, one six) and Liam Livingstone (28 off 17 balls, three sixes) made good contributions from his side. Jos Buttler (26 off 15 balls) got off to a great start with Jason Roy (retd hurt 20). Even when Rabada came in as the first change in the fourth over, both of them got 15 runs in it but Roy had to return to the pavilion limping due to a strain in the calf muscle of the left leg. Nortje caught Buttler at mid-off in the last over of the powerplay and Shamsi then caught Jonny Bairstow (a) lbw out to put Australia’s foot down. When Rabada came to bowl the second over, Malan hit him for two consecutive fours and put South Africa in trouble.
Temba Bavuma’s strategy of changing the bowling did not prove to be effective. Moeen hit a six and a four off Markram, who was holding the ball in place of Rabada, and smashed a six before being caught at long on by Shamsi to ensure England’s top spot in the group. When Rabada came to bowl the third over, Livingstone hit sixes in his first three balls. With this, England crossed the 131-run mark to ensure Australia’s place in the semi-finals even before the result of the match was declared. Although Rabada took a good catch by running Malan off Dwayne Pretorius, but Morgan hit three fours as soon as he came. England needed 25 runs in the last two overs but Pretorius dismissed Livingstone. Rabada also managed to defend 14 runs in the last over. Earlier in the tournament, for the first time in the tournament, England bowlers were under pressure.
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South Africa scored 40 for one in the powerplay with the help of fours and sixes from Dussen’s Chris Woakes in the sixth over. Earlier, Moeen (1 for 27) changed his pace and bowled Reeza Hendrix (2), for whom Dussen came to the crease to replace him. Dussen and de Kock then adopted a positive strategy of rotating the strike and in the meantime bringing loose deliveries to the boundary line. Dussen scooped Mark Wood for a six over the wicketkeeper’s head but de Kock was caught at long on in an attempt to play a long shot on leg-spinner Rashid (1 for 32).
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Dussen completed his fifty off 37 balls. He took the team’s score past 100 runs by hitting Wood for a six at deep square leg while Markram put the bowlers under pressure by sending Rashid for six runs. The stage was set for the death overs. Its first target became Vox. In the 16th over of the innings, Dussen increased the ‘speed’ of the score board by sending his first two balls and Markram sending the fifth ball for a six. Markram’s two fours on the wood reached 150 runs in 17 overs. He also hit a six in the next over of this bowler. He completed his half-century in just 24 balls by hitting Jordan for a six at long off.