March 29, 2014
New Zealand's comfortable win against Netherlands had turned the match between England and South Africa to a virtual quarterfinal. Alex Hales had prepared two days ago for the contest by scoring his first century. Dale Steyn, on the other hand, went for a haircut to increase his fear factor.
uh-oh. Dale Steyn's gone full Travis Bickle now... and you thought he couldn't get any scarier.— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) March 29, 2014
Hashim Amla had barely started warming up to England's bowling in the crunch match - he greeted Jade Dernbach with a six and a four - when the lights were dimmed due to a faulty light tower, about 55 minutes before the Earth Hour.
Amla vs Dernbach - the biggest battle of good vs evil since Luke Skywalker fought his dad...— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 29, 2014
Any Sparky fancy a quick trip to Chittagong….same tower as last time— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) March 29, 2014
There is no need for floodlights with England's solar red kit.— Daniel Brigham (@Cricketer_Dan) March 29, 2014
Luckily for Amla, who looked in decent nick, the issue was resolved within ten minutes. He did give a chance immediately after the break, but was let off by the keeper, who missed an easy stumping.
The floodlight issue appears to have been resolved by using the reflective power of James Tredwell's head #WT20— 51allout (@51allout) March 29, 2014
Twenty minutes after the game resumed and twenty minutes before the time for Earth Hour, the light tower played up again, much to the chagrin of Amla, who was on 39 off 23 balls.
England using all the power for their laptops.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) March 29, 2014
Could South Africa get knocked out of the ICC World T20 by a floodlight failure? Could there be a more South African way to get knocked out?— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) March 29, 2014
Chittagong getting an over rate fine from Icc ?— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) March 29, 2014
Based on our extensive experience with electricity, floodlight failure is probably caused by someone spilling gin over the plug #WT20— 51allout (@51allout) March 29, 2014
The England Cricket Board attempted to play god from their Twitter account but realised the futility even before they had completed the 140-character sermon.
The only plus side of the break, from England's perspective, was the disruption in South Africa's scoring. Amla, though, was in no mood to relent as he brought up his half-century - his first in T20 internationals - in quick time.
What the world needs is more Amla extra cover drives. Should start shipping them out to war torn regions of the globe.— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 29, 2014
Amla becomes the 3578th player to register his highest score against England.— Test Match Sofa (@TestMatchSofa) March 29, 2014
Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock's struggle to stand up to England didn't go unnoticed. He contributed 25 in an 85-run stand with Amla before getting out on 29.
Enjoying watching Quinton De Block @cutmaker ....— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 29, 2014
Before going back though, Amla had passed on the baton of scoring to the captain AB de Villliers, who was in a belligerent mood. He brought up his half-century off 23 balls - the fastest by a South African - with a six. Dernbach leaked 26 in one of his three overs, but he was not the only one who faced the wrath of de Villiers.
This AB de Villiers experiment at No.3 is a disaster. Who's idea was it...?— Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) March 29, 2014
21 off the first 14 balls, 48 off the next 14... AB has more gears than an 18 wheel truck.— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) March 29, 2014
And de Villiers was not the only one generating mind-boggling numbers..
Worst economy rate in ODIs (min 1000 balls) - Jade Dernbach Worst economy rate in T20Is (min 100 overs) - Jade Dernbach— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 29, 2014
Twice in two matches, England were facing a mountain to climb in Bangladesh and the hopes were straightaway pinned to their hero from two nights ago.
Looks like that once-in-a-lifetime century from Alex Hales may need to be a twice-in-three-days century.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) March 29, 2014
Hales started in the same vein as the other night, belting a series of boundaries. He was offered a lifeline by umpire Rod Tucker who ruled a perfectly legal delivery from Albie Morkel a no-ball after the batsman had been caught at point. But Hales couldn't make it count this time.
Hales gone. Hopefully, so are England.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) March 29, 2014
Imran Tahir added two more wickets to his tournament tally, the two critical ones on whom the last bits of England's hopes had hinged - Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.
Ravi Bopara wasn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. Along with Chris Jordon, he kept the scoreboard ticking.
England need 44 runs in 3 overs to draw level with South Africa. The same 44 runs Dernbach conceded in 3 overs?— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 29, 2014
Steyn, with 22 runs of a buffer in the last over, is, well, Steyn.
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