Monday, December 6, 2021

SAfrica’s 10-run win against England isn’t enough to avoid WCup exit

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (NWN) – Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick in the last over as South Africa bowed out of the T20 World Cup with a 10-run victory against England in an earlier unbeaten run on Saturday.

Coming to bat and needing a convincing win, South Africa scored 189–2 and restricted England’s target to 179–8. Rabada (3-48) claimed the wickets of Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan in the 20th over, all of whom were caught as England sought big runs.

But England’s four-match winning streak in the tournament was not enough for South Africa. The result meant that Group 1 winners England and second placed Australia advanced to the semi-finals with a better net run rate. All three teams finished on eight points.

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Pakistan is the only team that has progressed beyond Group 2 so far.

The England bowlers expected an attack from South Africa and got it. Rassi van der Dussen hit an unbeaten 94 off 60 balls, which included five fours and six sixes. Aiden Markram scored an unbeaten 52 off 25 balls.

Pacer Mark Wood went 0-47 in four overs after England made the only change in their win against Sri Lanka. Wood comes in for Tymal Mills, who is injured and ruled out of the tournament.

South Africa remained unchanged with their win over Bangladesh.

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