ICC World Twenty20: England vs South Africa – As it happened...

Last Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 18:04

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Zee Media Bureau/ Suyash Srivastava

Chittagong: In yet another close finish, South Africa defeated England by 3 runs to advance into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.

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England innings:

Over 20 || Score 193/7

22 needed from 6, here is Dale Steyn. Bopara smashes the first ball, high in the air, straight into the hands of Miller at long-on! Stuart Broad is the new man in. 22 needed from 5 now. Bresnan takes a single off the second ball, 21 needed from 4. Broad follows it with another single, 20 needed from 3. The next ball is well short and Bresnan hammers it over deep square leg for a Six! Bresnan attempts a big stroke off the fifth ball, manages just a bottom edge which rushes past fine leg for a boundary! 10 needed from 1. Steyn bowls a half-volley, Bresnan stands in his crease and slaps it high and long over long-off for a Six! Tremendous courage shown from Bresnan, but England are still short by four runs. They are out of the ICC World Twenty20 2014.

Tim Bresnan 17* (4b) Stuart Broad 1* (1b)

RS Bopara c Miller b Steyn 31 (18b)

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Over 19 || Score 175/6

Hendricks to bowl the penultimate over. He starts off with a brilliant yorker, no runs scored. Jordan smashed the second ball past the fielder at extra-cover for a boundary! Jordan smashed third ball straight down the ground, it looked like a certain boundary before AB de Villiers took a stunning catch running backwards! Tim Bresnan is the new man in. Jordan bowls a dot ball to Bopara. The fifth ball was a fuller one, and Bopara launched it over long-off for a Six! Hendricks bowls a dot ball. Bopara worked the last ball of the over for a single at long-on. 22 required from the last over to be bowled by Dale Steyn. 12 runs from the over.

CJ Jordan c de Villiers b Hendricks 16 (14b)

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Over 18 || Score 163/5

Parnell to bowl his final over. Fifth ball was wide and full and Bopara smashed it straight down the ground for a boundary! Parnell bowled a wide full-toss and Bopara hammered it over extra-cover for another boundary! 11 runs from the over. England need Bopara to keep going. 34 needed from last 12 balls.

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Over 17 || Score 152/5

Steyn to bowl his third over. Bopara got some room off the fourth ball, he slashed hard at it and it rushed past deep backward point for a boundary! Ten runs from the over. 45 needed from 18 now.

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Over 16 || Score 142/5

Parnell to bowl his third over. Fourth ball got a top edge from Jordan and went for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 133/5

Tahir to bowl his final over. And he strikes again, Buttler is caught at short third man! Buttler went for a reverse-sweep and didn't time it well as Albie Morkel took a clean catch. Morkel seems to have hurt his finger, and he is off the field. Tahir once again ends a fine spell, what a series he is having.

JC Buttler c Morkel b Imran Tahir 34 (24b)

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Over 14 || Score 128/4

Hendricks has been brought back into the attack. He starts off with a slower one, Buttler works it over the fielder at mid-off for a boundary! Buttler follows it with another boundary, this time clears the mid-on field. Hendricks bowled a fuller length ball to end the over and Buttler smashed it over long-on for a Six! 17 runs from the over. Will Buttler be the man who will play the much-needed knock for England. He is looking all set to play a good knock.

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Over 13 || Score 111/4

Tahir to continue. And he gets Morgan, he is caught behind! It was a quicker delivery and Morgan was looking to work it towards third man, misjudged the length. Ravi Bopara is the new man in. While Morgan and Hales stitched a massive partnership in the previous match, it is yet to be seen whether one of these batsmen can stand upto the occasion and play a special knock. Six runs from the over and a wicket for Tahir.

EJG Morgan c de Kock b Imran Tahir 14 (14b)

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Over 12 || Score 105/3

Dale Steyn has been brought back into the attack. Just six runs from the over. No boundary scored in the last three overs. Not good signs for England.

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Over 11 || Score 99/3

Imran Tahir to bowl his second over. Good over from Tahir, seven runs from it. England need to step up the gas as they now need 94 runs from the next nine overs.

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Over 10 || Score 92/3

Morkel to bowl his second over. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 84/3

Duminy to bowl his second over. Morgan gave himself some room off the third ball and lifted it over extra-cover for a boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 74/3

Parnell to bowl his second over. And he gets the big fish, Hales is caught at deep cover! It was a fuller ball with width on offer, Hales was tempted to play the shot and he had to pay the price for it. Skipper Eoin Morgan walks to the crease. And guess what, Parnell gets another one, Moeen is caught behind! Parnell is on a hat-trick. Jos Buttler is the new man in. No hat-trick for Parnell, as Buttler gets an edge which goes towards third man, one run scored. Brilliant comeback over from Parnell. AB de Villiers would be relieved. Just three runs and two wickets from the over.

MM Ali c de Kock b Parnell 10 (10b)

AD Hales c Miller b Parnell 38 (22b)

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Over 7 || Score 71/1

Imran Tahir has been brought into the attack. Moeen was offered some room off the fifth ball and he played a cut shot past point for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 62/1

Hendricks to bowl his second over. Fourth ball was a short one and Hales pulled that for a boundary! Fifth ball was a fuller one, and Hales drove it through covers for a boundary! Hendricks ended the over with a short ball and Hales clobbered that into the stands over midwicket for another Six! 15 runs from the over. Hales has raced away to 37 off just 20 balls.

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Over 5 || Score 47/1

Wayne Parnell has been brought into the attack. Third ball was full and Lumb stood in his crease and hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! Warnell gets the first breakthrough, with a soft dismissal. He bowled a low full-toss and Lumb hit it straight to Miller at short cover! Moeen Ali is the new man in. Seven from the over.

MJ Lumb c Miller b Parnell 18 (14b)

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Over 4 || Score 40/0

Dale Steyn has been brought into the attack. Hales survives a run-out chance! Lumb worked the fourth ball towards mid-on, called for a single and then refused it as Hales was half way down the crease, Steyn collected it and his throw missed the stumps at the non-striker's end. Steyn's last ball was full with some width on offer and Lumb slapped it over cover for a Six! These two are currently scoring at exactly ten runs per over.

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Over 3 || Score 30/0

Beuran Hendricks has been brought into the attack. Second ball was short of a length delivery and Lumb hits that over deep midwicket for a Six! Both these gentlemen are known to hit massive strokes, and South Africa would be under serious trouble if they keep unleashing them. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 22/0

Albie Morkel has been brought into the attack. Morkel bowled a slower one outside the off-stump to Hales, who hit it straight to Duminy at point! But wait, that's a frontfoot no ball! Free-hit for Hales. The replays show some part of the foot behind the line, that's a harsh call. Hales works the free-hit delivery past extra-cover for a boundary! Fifth ball was slightly short and Hales once again drove that through extra-cover for a boundary! He has continued where he had left it against the Sri Lankans. Some superb strokes already played. But there umpire made a blunder in that over, which is hurting South Africa badly. 13 runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 9/0

Alex Hales and Michael Lumb walk to the crease, JP Duminy will bowl the first over for South Africa. The fourth ball was full on the off-side and Hales drove that through covers for a boundary! Fifth ball was full again and Hales swept that powerfully past deep square leg for a boundary! Hales has made his intentions clear.

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South Africa innings:

Over 20 || Score 196/6

Bresnan to bowl the final over. Morkel pulled the first ball towards midwicket, two runs scored. Morkel took a single off the second ball. The third one was a full-toss on the off-stump, AB swept that handsomely over deep square leg for a Six! Fourth ball was a full-toss and AB hit it straight to Moeen Ali at deep midwicket, who has dropped it and the ball touches the ropes as well! AB got a bottom edge off the fifth ball, one runs scored. Morkel on strike. Can South Africa reach the 200-run mark. They can't, as Morkel is bowled off the final ball – a good yorker from Bresnan. Another stupendous knock from AB de Villiers. It has been a delight to watch him bat and England will once again need a few special knocks to chase down this huge score.

AB de Villiers 69* (28b)

JA Morkel b Bresnan 3 (3b)

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Over 19 || Score 182/4

Jordan to bowl the penultimate over. He started off with a wide, and followed it with a full-toss which was hammered over deep midwicket for a Six by Miller! Fourth ball was once again a full-toss, but Dernbach hit it straight to Moeen Ali at long-on! Albie Morkel is the new man in. AB played an incredible reverse paddle sweep off the fifth ball for a boundary past third man! Last ball of the over was fullish, outside the off-stump and AB worked that past point for another boundary! 15 from the over, and it has indeed been a special knock which was due from AB.

DA Miller c Ali b Jordan 19 (15b)

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Over 18 || Score 167/3

Dernbach to bowl his third over. Mid-off was up and Miller used the length delivery and worked it fine over that region for a boundary! Second ball was a full-toss and Miller dispatched that towards wide of long-on for another boundary! Fifth ball was pitched outside the off-stump and AB went on one knee and hammered it straight down the ground for a Six! Dernbach ended that over with a dot ball, AB picked that early and hit it high over long-on for a Six which also brought his half-century off just 23 balls! That ends Dernbach's nine-ball over, 26 runs from it!

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Over 17 || Score 141/3

Broad to bowl his final over. Second ball was wide on the leg side and AB pulled it past the diving fielder at wide fine leg for a boundary! Broad bowled another short ball to end the over and AB once again got into position early, and slapped that this time through deep square leg for a boundary! 13 runs from the over. Poor bowling from Broad who kept bowling too short.

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Over 16 || Score 128/3

Bresnan has been brought back into the attack. AB was offered some room off the last ball and he slashed hard at it and it rushed past wide third man for a boundary! Seven runs from the over. England need some big hits from these two.

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Over 15 || Score 121/3

Jordan has been brought into the attack. Duminy hit the third ball high towards midwicket, it landed in no man's land, but Duminy has been run-out! He wasn't quick enough for the second run as Bopara sent a powerful throw. David Miller is the new man in. With five overs to go, the stage has been set for Miller to play a formidable cameo. Five runs from the over.

JP Duminy run out 5 (5b)

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Over 14 || Score 116/2

Broad to bowl his third over. Long-off was inside the circle and AB hit it powerfully towards mid-off, where a misfield gives AB another boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 13 || Score 108/2

Tredwell to bowl his second over. Tredwell picks his second wicket as de Kock charged down the wicket off a quicker delivery and was stumped! JP Duminy is the new man in. Fifth ball was slightly short and AB has worked that fine through point for a boundary! AB charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! 11 runs from the over.

Q de Kock st Buttler b Tredwell 29 (33b)

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Over 12 || Score 97/1

Bopara to continue. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 90/1

Broad got the first breakthrough for his side when Amla mistimed a pull straight to Alex Hales at wide of long-on! AB de Villiers is the new man in. South Africa would want a special knock from him as well. Five runs from the over.

HM Amla c Hales b Broad 56 (37b)

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Over 10 || Score 85/0

Ravi Bopara has been brought into the attack. 11 runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 74/0

Tredwell to bowl his second over. Good over, just six runs from it.

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Over 8 || Score 68/0

Stuart Broad comes into the attack. Amla got some room off the last ball of the over and he played a cut shot over point for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 60/0

James Tredwell has been brought into the attack. De Kock got some width and he worked that fine past point for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 52/0

Chris Jordan has been brought into the attack. Third ball was pitched short and Amla smashed it over long-on for a boundary! Ten runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 42/0

Tim Bresnan has been brought into the attack. Amla smashed the fourth ball straight down the ground for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 35/0

Dernbach to continue. De Kock got one short of a length ball on the off side and worked it past the fielder at point for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 28/0

Moeen Ali to continue. Amla got room off the second ball and he once again played it past the fielder at point for a boundary! Amla charged down the wicket off the fourth ball, he was expecting it to turn into him, it turned away and Jos Buttler has missed a very easy stumping chance! That's a big miss from the wicketkeeper as Amla is looking in a dangerous mood today. Amla charged down the wicket once again off the fifth ball and launced it over long-on for a Six! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 17/0

Jade Dernbach brought into the attack. Second ball was slighlty short and Amla slapped it over squre leg for a Six! Fourth ball was aimed at the pads and Amla flicked it for another boundary through square leg. The play has been disrupted, as the floodlights have gone off. 11 runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 6/0
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to open the innings for South Africa, Moeen Ali once again will open the bowling for England. Second ball to Amla was short and he worked that fine through covers for a boundary!

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Toss: Stuart Broad has won the toss and England will bowl first. AB de Villiers will lead South Africa today as Faf du Plessis was handed a one-match suspension.

England will be high on confidence after their emphatic win against the Sri Lankans in the previous match. After Sri Lanka had set a formidable target of 189 runs on the board, England were in precarious situation as they lost two quick wickets without any runs on the board. But Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales stitched a massive 150-run partnership for the third wicket and after the England skipper was dismissed, Hales changed gears and became the first English batsmen to score a century in T20 internationals. Despite the win, England`s concern would be their fielding and bowling. Mahela Jayawardene was dropped on more than one occasion by England, and even their pacers leaked too many runs.

South Africa on the other hand would want to win a match convincingly. Despite being a champion side, the Proteas haven`t managed to play according to the talent they have in their team. They won a close match against the Kiwis to kick off their campaign which was followed by a 6-run win against minnows Netherlands. A big knock from AB de Villiers is due, and today could be his day. Amla and Faf du Plessis would also want to score a big knock. In the bowling department, Morne Morkel has been a major disappointment, while Imran Tahir has been the pick of the bowler for South Africa.



First Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 23:28

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