2016 ICC World Twenty20: England vs South Africa – As it happened...
Joe Root scored 83 off 44 balls to help England chase down South Africa's 229 for a World Cup record in Mumbai.
Over 29.4 || Score 230/8 (Ali 12; Rashid 0); Target 230
The over started with two wickets of first two deliveries. But, Moeen Ali kept his calm to finish the job.
Chris Jordan could have finished the job. But his attempt to finish in style failed as JP Duminy took a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket.
WICKET: Chris Jordan c JP Duminy b Kyle Abbott 5 (3b)
Then, England went through a Allan Donald moment with go, no-go resulting in David Willey's wicket. Run out. Confusion all around.
WICKET: David Willey run out 0 (0b)
Over 19 || Score 229/6 (Ali 11; Jordan 5); Target 230
After all the hard work, Joe Root departed after scoring 83 runs.
WICKET: Joe Root c David Miller b Kagiso Rabada 83 (44b)
10 runs from Kagiso Rabada's final over and scores are level. He leaked 50 runs from four overs. Chris Jordan is the new man.
Over 18 || Score 219/5 (Root 83; Ali 6); Target 230
Yet another over with boundaries as starters. Joe Root hit Chris Morris for three back-to-back boundaries -- first off a straighter delivery which was flicked, then behind the square and a lucky knick behind the wicket.
And even the best of deliveries went for runs. The last ball seemed to have trapped Moeen Ali for a LBW, but it deflected for a four. Faintest of nicks.
17 runs from the over, and England now need 11 from 12 deliveries.
Over 17 || Score 202/5 (Root 70; Ali 2); Target 230
Joe Root is at his absolute best. He started with a four then followed it up with a straight six, with a security guard taking a good complete to the applause of generous Mumbai crowd.
Kyle Abbott ended the over with a dot ball. 14 runs from the over.
England need 28 runs from 18 deliveries.
Over 16 || Score 188/5 (Root 58; Ali 1); Target 230
Finally, the 75-run partnership is broken. Quinton de Kock managed to dislodge the bails just in time for a stumping of the bowling of Imran Tahir.
WICKET: Jos Buttler st Quinton de Kock b Imran Tahir 21 (14b)
Just five runs from the over to end his spell. Tahir's figures: 4-0-28-1.
Moeen Ali is the new man. England need another 42 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 183/4 (Root 55; Buttler 20); Target 230
Joe Root just played a disdainfully confident, impoverished shot to reach his fifty. After three singles of the first three balls, a premeditated Root waited to reverse sweep Chris Morris for his third six of the innings.
Morris, however, continued to produced perfect yorkers. Still 13 runs from the over.
England need 47 more runs from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 170/4 (Root 46; Buttler 18); Target 230
Needing 70 more runs from 42 deliveries, England started with a 2 of the first ball of the 14th over. And with that, Joe Root and Jos Buttler have stitched a 50-run partnership in just 23 balls.
It was followed by three wides, a 2, and four singles, to make a 10-run over.
England need 60 more runs.
Over 13 || Score 160/4 (Root 43; Buttler 14); Target 230
Dale Steyn, who was taken off after his first over, returned. But he continued to leak runs.
The over started with a 2, then a wide followed. Two singles and another 2. Joe Root hit the fifth delivery for a four. The over ended with a single. 12 runs from it. 35 runs from two Steyn overs. Unthinkable.
Over 12 || Score 148/4 (Root 33; Buttler 13); Target 230
Another 15-run over. JP Duminy, who was until then disciplined, failed to contain Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
Root started with a four, through the mid-wicket. Two singles, a 2, and another single followed.
Buttler ended the over with a six. England need 82 runs from 48 deliveries.
Over 11 || Score 133/4 (Root 25; Buttler 6); Target 230
Then, from nowhere, England are back in the match. They took 15 runs of Chris Morris' first over.
Jos Buttler took a single to start the over, then Joe Root hit a six. Then a single, a wide, a couple of leg byes, before ending the over with a four.
England need 97 runs from 54 balls.
Over 10 || Score 118/4 (Root 18; Buttler 1); Target 230
Brilliant period of play for South Africa. The introduction of spinners have produced results.
After 26 deliveries without a boundary, England skipper Eoin Morgan finally opened his guard in an attempt to play a cut shot anticipating some turn, and his wickets castled. Jean-Paul Duminy on target.
WICKET: Eoin Morgan b JP Duminy 12 (15b)
Joe Root then spoiled the over with a six of the last ball. Nine runs from it.
Over 9 || Score 109/3 (Root 11; Morgan 11); Target 230
Imran Tahir produced yet another over of brilliant spin bowling. He conceded 6 runs.
Operating with fast and flat deliveries, Tahir along with Jean-Paul Duminy, has managed to restrict English batsmen's stroke-making.
England need 121 runs from 11 overs.
Over 8 || Score 103/3 (Root 10; Morgan 7); Target 230
Spinners operating from both the ends for South Africa. After that Imran Tahir over, Jean-Paul Duminy produced a good over. The off-break bowler conceded seven runs. Five singles and a 2.
And despite the early onslaught against their pace bowlers, Proteas have slowly taken the initiative from the Poms.
Over 7 || Score 96/3 (Root 6; Morgan 4); Target 230
And thus arrived Imran Tahir, the spinner. The leg-break bowler started with a decent first over, conceding only seven runs. Five singles and a 2.
England, after that back-to-back wickets in two overs, are in a rebuilding mode.
They need 134 runs from 13 overs.
Over 6 || Score 89/3 (Root 2; Morgan 1); Target 230
Just like the runs, wickets are also coming in a hurry. Kagiso Rabada removed Ben Stokes, and the England batsman is distraught, in disbelief.
It was meant to be carted over the boundary. But a loose ball full toss resulted in a wicket.
WICKET: Ben Stokes c Chris Morris b Kagiso Rabada 15 (9b).
Skipper Eoin Morgan on.
10 runs and a wicket to end the power-play.
Over 5 || Score 79/2 (Stokes 8; Root 1); Target 230
Kyle Abbott again. He removed free-flowing Jason Roy with a slower delivery. The England opener, who just hit a six in the previous delivery, tried a dilscoop, but the pace, or the lack of it, resulted in an easy catch for wicket-keeper. That happened in the third ball of the over.
WICKET: Jason Roy c Quintonde Kock b Kyle Abbott 43 (16b)
Joe Root is the new man.
The over, then, witnessed, second five wides. 14 runs.
Over 4 || Score 65/1 (Roy 37; Stokes 6); Target 230
Tidiest over of the innings. Just nine from Kagiso Rabada's second over. Jason Roy took a double, then a single, followed by a four.
England need 165 runs more from 16 overs.
Over 3 || Score 56/1 (Roy 33; Stokes 1); Target 230
First bowling change and first wicket. Kyle Abbott removed Alex Hales, LBW.
WICKET: Alex Hales lbw b Kyle Abbott 17 (7b)
12 from the over, and a wicket. Ben Stokes in the new man.
Jason Roy continued to play his usual shot making, this time pulling the fifth ball for a six. In the process, England registered fastest team fifty, off just 17 deliveries.
Over 2 || Score 44/0 (Roy 26; Hales 13); Target 230
Then four, four, four to start Dale Steyn's first over. Valiant and classy at the same time for Alex Hales. It was a different matter that Hales was dropped of the first ball, at short fine leg.
After a single. Roy returned to hit the day-light off Steyn's bowling. A lofted four through the mid-on, followed up by six. Hooked with some conviction.
And 23 runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 21/0 (Roy 16; Hales 0); Target 230
Great start to the run chase for England with Jason Roy hitting Kagiso Rabada's first over for 21 runs, including four fours.
The over also witnessed Quinton de Kock failing to take a bouncer, which resulted in five wides.
SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 229/4 (Duminy 54; Miller 28)
Jean-Paul Duminy reached to his fifty with a six over the mid-off boundary. He took 26 deliveries to reach it.
The last over of the innings resulted in 18 runs with David Miller finishing with a flurry of shots, a six and a four to be precise.
Over 19 || Score 211/4 (Duminy 47; Miller 17)
Clean hitting from Jean-Paul Duminy. The left-handed batsman of robust build started the penultimate over with back-to-back sixes.
Reece Topley, however, did well to concede two singles in the next two deliveries. Then some sloppy fielding meant a single was converted to a three. The over ended with a single. 18 runs from the over. And South Africa crossed 200-run mark.
Over 18 || Score 193/4 (Duminy 31; Miller 15)
Second tier for David Miller, through the mid-on route. That happened in the fourth ball of David Willey's fourth and final over.
The over started with three singles, then ended with a single. Good over for England. But still leaked 11 runs.
Willey's figures: 4-0-40-1.
Over 17 || Score 182/4 (Duminy 28; Miller 7)
Chris Jordan finally returned to the attack. And this time, he conceded only nine runs. Huge improvement from the first over, which leaked 22 runs.
David Miller got his first four, with a glance. That happened in the second ball of the over. There were five singles too.
Over 16 || Score 173/4 (Duminy 25; Miller 1)
Good over for England. A wicket and seven runs.
David Willey was somewhat lucky to get the wicket of Faf du Plessis. It was full toss delivery, asking to be hit. But the South African skipper could found only Jason Roy waiting at deep mid-wicket. That was of the third delivery of the over.
WICKET: Faf du Plessis c Jason Roy b David Willey 17 (17b)
However, Willey was unlucky not to get the wicket of new man David Miller of the last delivery. A sure LBW.
Over 15 || Score 166/3 (du Plessis 15; Duminy 22)
Another busy over. Ben Stokes started with a single to JP Duminy. The South African skipper Faf du Plessis than played a dilscoop for a four. It was followed by two byes with Jos Buttler making a mess of his collection behind the wickets.
A single then, Duminy flicked a full toss delivery for the second boundary of the over.
14 runs from it.
Over 14 || Score 152/3 (du Plessis 10; Duminy 16)
South Africa got the first boundary of four overs, thanks to JP Duminy, in the fourth delivery of the 14th over. The left-handed batsman followed it up with another four to make it a productive over.
Joe Root's first over resulted in 13 runs.
Over 13 || Score 139/3 (du Plessis 9; Duminy 4)
Boundaries have dried up and another good over for the fielding team. Adil Rashid also completed his four overs bowling duty. Impressive, considering the context of the match. Five runs from it. His figures: 4-0-35-1.
Over 12 || Score 134/3 (du Plessis 5; Duminy 1)
Another brilliant over for England with Moeen Ali getting another wicket for the team. He removed Hashim Amla, LBW, in the penultimate ball of the over.
WICKET: Hashim Amla lbw b Moeen Ali 58 (31b)
And with that Ali has completed his spell for today. His figures: 4-0-34-2.
Jean-Paul Duminy is the new man. South Africa, for the first time, looked little concern.
Over 11 || Score 128/2 (Amla 55; du Plessis 5)
In the last two overs, South Africa have added 14 runs. Certainly a quiet period of play, with Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis 'rebuilding' the innings.
In the 10th over, Moeen Ali conceded 11 runs, with Amla hitting a six of the last ball. And with that Amla also reached his fifty. Then, Adil Rashid bowled a superb over, leaking only three singles.
Over 9 || Score 114/2 (Amla 46; du Plessis 0)
What a whirlwind over. It has everything a T20 fan wants from cricket.
Adil Rashid continued and AB de Villiers started the over with a double. No run then. Then, two successive sixes from AB.
After a dot ball, Rashid got the prized wicket of AB. Skipper Eoin Morgan took the catch at the edge of the circle on the off.
WICKET: AB de Villiers c Eoin Morgan b Adil Rashid 16 (8b)
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis is the new man. 14 runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 8 || Score 99/1 (Amla 46; de Villiers 2)
England finally found the much needed breakthrough, thanks to a Moeen Ali strike. The off-break bowler got Quinton de Kock's wicket. Good catch at deep mid-wicket by Alex Hales.
WICKET: Quinton de Kock c Alex Hales b Moeen Ali 52 (24b)
Then, arrived the superman.
Good over, though, for England. Four runs and a wicket.
Over 7 || Score 96/0 (Amla 44; de Kock 52)
Another big over. Adil Rashid conceded 13 runs. Quinton de Kock started the over with a four, then after three singles, Hashim Amla hit his second six.
In between, de Kock reached his fifty.
Over 6 || Score 83/0 (Amla 37; de Kock 46)
For the first time, Hashim Amla played missed the line of the delivery, which cut back after pitching outside of the off stump. The, he played another a shiot of supreme confidence, coming to the pitch of the delivery and playing it through the overs.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock started the over with a single.
de Kock ended the over with a single, but not before getting his sixth four of the match.
11 runs from Ben Stokes first over.
Over 5 || Score 72/0 (Amla 32; de Kock 40)
More pain for England. A rather reticent Hashim Alma has shown a liking of this England bowling attack with some outrageously classy shots.
Chris Jordan, who had a decent spell against the West Indies on Wednesday, was taken to the cleaners. The scoring sequence - 4,4,4,6,4,0. Somehow the last delivery resulted in a dot ball, and England even got themselves into the act, asking for a catch at short third man. But it turned out to a bump ball.
22 runs from it.
Over 4 || Score 50/0 (Amla 10; de Kock 40)
After Quinton de Kock brutality, came Hashim Amla's silken touch. The veteran opener played two exquisite cover drives. But he was given a life, with Reece Topley dropping a straight forward catch at the mid-off.
de Kock then played a late cut, resulting in yet another four.
Thus Moeen Ali conceded 13 runs in his first over.
Over 3 || Score 37/0 (Amla 1; de Kock 36)
Quinton de Kock played two dot balls before launching his second six of the match, which was followed by another four through mid-on. Then, another four through the covers.
The over ended with a huge six, into the stands. 20 runs from it.
Over 2 || Score 17/0 (Amla 1; de Kock 16)
Then, suddenly, Quinton de Kock got into the T20 mood, launching the first delivery of Reece Topley's spell for a six, over the point fence.
After a dot ball, the South African opener hit the first boundary of the match, lofting in the same area, with the ball trickling over the rope. The left-handed batsman followed it up with another four.
But Topley had a good shout, off the last ball of the over, for a LBW against Hashim Amla. Ball seemed to have pitch just outside the line.
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (Amla 1; de Kock 1)
Hashim Alma faced the first ball, which he played gently towards the cover. No run. He then stole a single off the leg. After that Quinton de Kock played out three dot balls. He then took a single off the last delivery.
Good start from left-arm pace bowler David Willey for England. Two singles from the over.
South Africa, having won seven of the ten matches played against England, will start as the favourites. But England are in a much win situation. Expect fireworks!
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (capt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
TOSS: England win the toss and bowl
— ICC (@ICC) March 18, 2016
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese.
England: England: Jason Roy, James Vince, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Dawson.
Bruised and battered by the Chris Gayle mauling, England are faced with a must-win situation as they look ways to contain South Africa in their ICC World Twenty20 match today.
Shell-shocked by Gayle's record 47-ball century, England are required to win against the Proteas, to whom they lost 0-2 in the tune-up to the tournament, if they are to progress to the semi finals from Group 1.
The 2010 champions' under-fire bowlers and fielders will be up against a strong rival batting line-up comprising the innovative A B de Villiers holder of the world's fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs, big-hitting David Miller and the solidity of captain Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and J P Duminy.
The key, perhaps, would be how effectively England's spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali can perform after being sent to the cleaners by the big-swinging bat of Gayle who struck successive sixes into the top tiers of the Wankhede stadium off both these slow bowlers.
Welcome to out live coverage of World T20 Super 10 Group 1 match between England and South Africa, being played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
New Delhi: Welcome to our live coverage of the World T20 Super 10 Group 1 match between England and South Africa, being played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.