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South Africa beat England by seven runs to remain unbeaten in T20 World Cup

Players greet each other at the end of the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Grosse Ile, Saint Lucia on June 21, 2024.

Players greet each other at the end of the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Grosse Ile, Saint Lucia on June 21, 2024. Photo credit: AP

On June 21, the undefeated South Africa team defeated the defending champion England team in the Super Eight playoffs of the 22nd World Cup with seven consecutive victories.

Harry Brook scored 53, Liam Livingstone took 33 off 17 balls and needed 25 off 18 balls as England controlled the chase until the fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje dismissed them in the final three rounds.

England responded to South Africa’s 163-6 with 156-6.

“Going into the last three rounds, the odds look against you,” South Africa captain Aiden Markram said. “But the bowlers are back and that’s showing a lot of skill and showing the battle within. Overall we’re getting closer to full cricket. We’re not there yet but we’re getting there.

Quinton de Kock hit 65, the fastest half-century of the tournament off 22 balls, while David Miller scored in the second half of South Africa’s innings. 43 off 28 balls provided momentum.

South Africa’s winning streak has extended to six games, with two wins in the group stage and two wins in the group stage, making them the favorites in the semi-finals.

England suffered their first defeat in the Super Eights after beating West Indies by eight wickets at the same venue.

South Africa kept pace with spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-25) in the first 10 overs while England scored just 60 runs with the ball and lost 4 wickets. Although Jonny Bairstow (17) got a life when Heinrich Klaasen dropped the sitter at third man, the batsman could not get through in the powerplay Get motivated.

Captain Jos Buttler felt England lost the match in the powerplay as no one could repeat de Kock’s antics. “Quinton DeKock came out with a lot of intent and really attacked that power play, and we couldn’t match that,” Butler said.

“We counterattacked really well with the ball and I thought Brook and Levy had a great partnership there to keep us close… South Africa did a great job.”

Brooke and Livingstone capitalized on Otneil Bartman’s full toss to reduce the target to 25 in the last three overs before Livingstone sent Rabada’s full toss straight to deep behind leg. The catch.

Nortje needed 15 runs from the last over and Brooke was caught brilliantly by Markram as he ran to end England’s threat.

Earlier, de Kock dominated South Africa’s powerplay and took them to 63-0 before England got through spinners Adil Rashid (1-20) and Moeen Ali (1-25) brought them back.

De Kock sent fast bowler Jofra Archer to the pads early with two consecutive sixes to take a 21-run lead. De Kock got life on the 58 when video replays showed Mark Wood’s fingers were not underneath the ball. The decision left England players furious.

Buttler gave England hope with a brilliant one-handed catch off de Kock and outrunning Klassen.

Archer also fought back hard and ended the game with 3-40.

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