England v SA, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

De Villiers blitz leads South Africa into semis

The Report by David Hopps

March 29, 2014

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South Africa 196 for 5 (De Villiers 69, Amla 56) beat England (Hales 38, Parnell 3-31) by three runs
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Highlights - South Africa reach semis with three-run win

AB de Villiers returned to South Africa's Twenty20 captaincy in inspirational fashion by producing his country's fastest fifty and assuring his side of a place in the semi-finals of World T20. England were eliminated, foundering in the face of the biggest total of the tournament, their batsmen never really threatening to win it but doing well to take the game so close.

The highest successful chase against South Africa in any T20 was only 169, by New Zealand in East London, the additional 28 runs needed here a powerful indication of England's task. It did not matter how decent the pitch, how much a wet ball hampered the bowlers or skidded past the fielders, this was a demand too far for an England batting side that had already rescued victory against Sri Lanka and could not quite find a repeat.

As for De Villiers, he can rarely have looked more combative. Forced to assume the captaincy because of a one-game ban for Faf du Plessis for over-rate violations, he lost the toss but hardly put a foot wrong after that. His half-century came in 23 balls, in all he made 69 not out from 28, dropped only once, in the final over, when Moeen Ali seemed to lose the ball momentarily in the floodlights.

South Africa, who lost headway in the third quarter of the innings, racked up 55 from the last three overs, with de Villiers' innings increasingly characterised by decisive moves across his stumps and flays through the leg side. Bowlers, stringently punished for too much width, were not blessed with options.

South Africa had not just been disrupted by du Plessis's absence, Wayne Parnell had also been summoned by a Mumbai court with the tournament in full swing to answer drug-related charges occurring during his 2012 IPL campaign. "Unfortunate, but we must respect the law," had been South Africa's measured response, but they will have delighted at how Parnell returned with figures of 3 for 31, and no allegations of artificial stimulation in sight. Alex Hales and Moeen Ali were dismissed in successive balls.

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  • AB de Villiers reached his 50 off 23 balls, the fastest by a South African in T20Is. The previous record was 24 balls, by Morne van Wyk against India in 2011. The fastest in all T20Is is 12 balls, by Yuvraj Singh.
  • The last 14 balls of de Villiers' innings brought him 48 runs; the first 14 fetched 21. Before this match, de Villiers had scored 81 from eight innings against England in T20Is.
  • The 54-run partnership between de Villiers and David Miller came off 4.1 overs, South Africa's fourth-fastest partnership of 50 or more runs in T20Is.
  • Hashim Amla's 56 is his first half-century in 25 innings in T20Is.
  • The opening stand of 90 between Amla and Quinton de Kock is the third-highest by any team in this tournament, and South Africa's fifth-best in all T20Is.
  • South Africa's total of 196 for 5 is the highest of this tournament.
  • South Africa conceded more than 60 in the Powerplay overs for the second time in successive games in Chittagong: after going for 63 against Netherlands, they leaked 62 in this match, which is the fourth highest in this tournament. The highest is 91 by Netherlands against Ireland.

Hales, who had registered England's first T20 hundred in the victory against Sri Lanka, had attacked the huge target with a stately disdain, reaching 38 from 22 balls before slicing to deep cover. By the time that Eoin Morgan fell cutting Imran Tahir, England were sorely in need of a big over. They found it with 17 off an over from Beuran Hendricks, Buttler's straight six beginning to find its range, but his reverse sweep against Tahir fell obligingly to Albie Morkel at backward point.

Tahir's return of 2 for 27 was a masterly display of legspin in defiance of the wet ball. Morkel dislocated a finger in taking the catch and his yelp of pain minutes later as the physio popped it back in the viewing area was not quite drowned out by South Africa's excited anticipation of an impending victory.

England were ahead of South Africa's rate almost throughout their innings, but they lacked for a de Villiers finale. Suitably, their chase was all but lost with the captain's running catch from mid off to dismiss Chris Jordan. Ravi Bopara clipped the rate to 22 off the final over, but the bowler was Steyn, with a fearsome Mohican haircut to boot, Bopara mis-hit his first ball skywards and that was about that.

The match was billed, essentially, as a quarterfinal, although that assessment was slightly insulting to Netherlands as it assumed England would beat them in their final match. As likely as that might be, Netherlands have had their moments in Bangladesh.

For all de Villiers' brilliance, and all the closeness of the result, it was an unsatisfying, disjointed affair, the impetus of the game disturbed by two brief floodlight failures in South Africa's innings and periodic ball changes and outfield drying on another humid, dew-ridden night. The saving grace was that the ball came onto the bat so the cricket, when it happened, was entertaining, but it all took more than four hours to conclude.

England's focus will rest on an accident-prone over from Jade Dernbach, the 18th, which cost 26 and gave South Africa the propulsion they needed. He began badly with two overpitched gifts for David Miller, almost had Miller caught down the leg side by Buttler, bowled a beamer with a wet ball (the ball was immediately changed), delivered three wides, one of which de Villiers made contact with but was wrongly called by umpire Rod Tucker. To round things off, a slower ball was planted out of the ground by de Villiers to bring up his fifty.

South Africa's other innings of note came from Hashim Amla. Extraordinarily, it was his first T20I half-century in his 25th match. For England, who still have memories of his serene Test triple-century at The Oval two years ago, the statistic was impossible to comprehend.

Buttler rued it more than most. There had been over-excitable talk in England that he might even press for a Test wicketkeeping spot this summer if Matt Prior did not rediscover his form of old. For all Buttler's promise, such talk is premature. He missed a simple stumping off Moeen Ali, who drew Amla down the pitch and beat his attempted whip over long on, only for Buttler to fumble the opportunity.

As Amla already had 19 from 12 balls, having flicked Dernbach imperiously over square leg for six, Buttler needed no elucidation on his error, but he got one anyway as Amla repeated the shot, this time perfectly, and plopped the ball into the crowd. By the time Amla swung Stuart Broad to deep midwicket, South Africa's opening stand was worth 90 in 10.5 overs. Buttler gained some recompense by stumping Quinton de Kock.

Duminy's exit was careless; comical even. He hacked Jordan into the leg side where the catch fell short of Ravi Bopara, but Bopara threw swiftly to the keeper's end and Duminy, who had dropped his bat as he evaded Jordan while turning for a second, was a yard short as he dived hopelessly for the crease. De Villiers was at the other end though, and his defining innings had barely begun.

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Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 6:39 GMT)

AB's captaincy was awesome.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 31, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

@JG2704 good points raised mate. Re associates I apologize, if you say you weren't being dismissive that's good enough for me.

I need to proofread my posts. Stupid spelling mistakes such as the wrong "your" kill the meaning.

Also when I said South Africa winning thr group I meant on top. Anybody with an ounce of common sense would realize that they can only win if today's match is called off

Re 170 batting first being the same as 190 chasing, fair enough point.

Posted by kbza86 on (March 31, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

you cannot take rejections of the SA A side because thier are jobless and expect miracles...it worked for a while(Trott, KP, Prior(excuse the pun), Strauss etc...now you persist with jade dernbach...pathetic...Ask the ECB to take another tour of the UK to find players you can call "your own" ie Morgan lol...

Maybe England should consider playing homegrown players in the team, maybe it would increase the patriotism in the team which is obviously missing since the 5-0 Ashes saga

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 2:16 GMT)

DL method is completely wrong , just imagine Aus vs Pak match, In ten overs Australia was far above than pakistan but finally Aus lost the match... If rain came at that point , Aus could have won the match by DL method by big margin.... DL always controversial for T20 matches

Posted by Ally323 on (March 31, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

@Amol_Ind_SA - c`mon - SA just won the U-19 ICC T20 World Cup about a month ago! wouldnt it be great if the boys can win this one as well.

I have to say, Amla has silenced the critics very very quickly. He has been amazing at the top. It appears that De Kock has fallen back a bit since Amla has taken the reigns at the top of the order. If he can come out and play his natural game with Amla - we could see 70 runs in the powerplay.

Once again, as in ODI`s and tests - when Amla and De Villiers are firing - we seem to be winning them! great job by AB and Amla!

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

@PureProteas49 on (March 30, 2014, 10:32 GMT) Right - so your saying that you experimented because you had such a big total and the team didn't particularly want to finish the game off in any hurry?

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

@CodAndChips ctd - re NZ - chasing 170 is not that much different from setting 190. Let me try and put my views across. Vs SL at the halfway point SL were 70-1. If they were chasing a 189 target I would not back them (even against our guys) to chase 119 off the remaining 10. Same with SA to a degree. They were 85-0 after 10 and 121-3 after 15 and ended up on 196. Had they been chasing I would not have backed them to get 75 off the last 5 overs. While I'm not arguning that I'd have made NZ favourites from that position we still have to factor in that our dryer bowlers hadn't bowled at that stage and it was such a long way to go. My opinion is that when setting a total , if you have wickets in hand scoring 12 plus an over off the last 5 is much easier when setting a total than when chasing a total

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

@CodAnd Chips - To pick you up on a few points

1 - re "Given the associates barely any chance"(March 30, 2014, 7:14 GMT) - what is meant by that? Are you saying the associates were at an unfair disadvantage for some reason?

Also re the associates I don't think I've been dismissive at all. Yes I expect us to beat Netherlands but I have given them credit for their competitive displays vs SA and NZ after the SL thrashing. The only other associates to qualify was Bangladesh and they have has a poor tournament

2 - Re SA winning the group - They haven't yet have they? Surely if SL beat NZ because of the net RR they got from Netherlands win they'd win the group and without looking SA and NZ must be on similarish net RRs so if NZ beat SL comfortably I think they'd win the group.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (March 30, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Come On, SA..Just two more matches to go for an ICC silverware since 1998. Do it.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (March 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Prawin Antony on (March 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT) How can SL and NZ both win their last match when they are playing each other?

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

@JG2704 I think your being too dismissive of the associates. Netherlands have put up a good fight, and Ireland always have the chance of an upset. Personally I don't know too much about Afghanistan or the others, but perhaps they could have also caused upsets.

Re dew "the evening games both teams have been hampered" I think it's been a problem. Bat and ball hasn't had a decent balance (although perhaps it's more reflective of WT20 cricket- most sides bar Pakistan and Windies are stronger at batting than bowling) and it's been hard to field- 73 dropped catches I think.

"Had the margin been a similar margin the other way would anyone have been convinced Eng would win?" - Personally not. Our batting lineup isn't as strong as theirs and their bowling isn't flawed like ours. They have McClenaghan, Mills, Southee whereas we have Dernbach and Bresnan, and an injured and struggling Broad.

Posted by wapuser on (March 30, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

SA deserve to be where they are. England were severely let down by their bowlers and fielding. In such a short tournament, small lapses can cost you big time. England need to take T20 cricket seriously and send their players to IPL. There is no doubt such an experience improves the players.

Posted by PureProteas49 on (March 30, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

I see all he whiners and moaners are out in full force, i guarantee if the total was a lot lower, our bowlers economy would have been a lot lower as well, AKA England would have been bowled out but because we had so much to play with, we experimented a bit, have a safe journey home England

Posted by MrGarreth on (March 30, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Those of you who keep saying that the bad call by the umpire that lead to de Villiers having an extra delivery to hit a six and that lead to England losing are smoking your socks. Firstly SA also had a terrible call go against them. Hales was out on 8 but the umpire gave it not out calling it, incorrectly, a no ball. So should I say that you can take 30 runs off England's total? Plus despite the close margin the final outcome shows, let us not forget that Steyn bowled absolute pies after he got Bopara's wicket. Freebies for Bresnan who in normal circumstance would not have a chance of hitting a Steyn delivery for 6. England knew it was game over after the 17th over. Either way all I'm saying is it is ridiculous to speculate on what could have happened by looking at one instant in a match. If SA had made 170 who knows, perhaps Steyn would've been more fired up and England wouldn't have got anywhere near it? Impossible to say.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

@CodandChips - Our bowling has been a problem for a number of years. My point re it not being a miserable tournament was that our batting was also looking very poor. Pre tournament form and we'd never have got near SL or SA in those run chases so to do so was IMO a positive sign. Also I'd have to strongly disagree re the tournament. The dew factor is something but then in the evening games both teams have been hampered. The dodgy floodlights is pretty poor and DRS would have been good but re the associate nations - well they've not been good enough and have had the same chances as anyone. I'd even say the way Nl came back from their thrashing vs SL to play competitively vs SA and NZ was a plus

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@CodandChips - Re NZ - yes I think NZ had a good case for getting the result but arguing against that we still had Tredwell and Bopara to bowl - obviously had we used them both. DL will always be controversial when the game is 5 overs old and the winning margin is so tight. Had the margin been a similar margin the other way would anyone have been convinced Eng would win?

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@CodandChips- Re SL - You never know what would have happened but the fact is that Jayawardene went on to score 89 at a SR of 174. Dilshan was scoring at that rate regardless. Would Perrera likely have done as well as Jaya on this given day? Therefore you could say that Jaya wouldn't have scored what he did had he not got in when he did and he certainly wouldn't have scored what he did had he been given out. So there are arguments both ways. I also believe that when a game is complete then the winner is deserved

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@JG2704 but what makes the campaign so miserable is that the obvious flaws are hidden/disguised by the appearance/stats of the results. This is kind of why I think the best result for English cricket would be to lose against the Netherlands. But I can see us winning, and everything being good, and no necessary changes being made.

Take South Africa. They've won the group. But look at the margins in all 3 games. It could have been very different for them. But no doubt it will be passed of by many as a great success, despite the fact that better innings planning/structuring from all 3 chasing teams could/should have seen them lose all 3 matches.

Posted by IMCG67 on (March 30, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

The truth is England went into this tournament unsure as to what their best team is regardless of the conditions and I don't think they are any the wiser now. If youth with an element of experience then you have to stick with it. I had my doubts about Hales but he has come good, Dernbach has never convinced me and whilst he may impress in the odd county game any sort of set back (catch not given against Sri Lanka, wide which shouldn't have been v SA) and his head just goes indicating he hasn't the temperament to deal with international cricket and fielding is poor too so his time should now be done. Very few players have cemented their place this time but for mine the team worth giving a go is : 1) Hales, 2) Vince 3) Morgan (Capt) 4) Bopara 5) Buttler (wk) 6) Ali/Root/Borthwick 7) Willey 8) Bresnan 9) Jordan 10) Broad 11) Tredwell - the batting order should be flexible but England need to be clear what their goal is and stick with it for a season at least !

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

@Juiceoftheapple on (March 29, 2014, 19:48 GMT) Pretty much agree with your post although Ali is primarily a batsman who bowls a bit of spin - like Root maybe. He actually had better stats than Patel in T20 last year. He shouldn't be responsible for bowling 4 overs. Bopara,Tredwell and Ali (esp Bopara who was going at 6.5) were criminally underused. Patel should have been there as soon as Root went home. They then called up Bell but said they had absolutely no intention of playing him. Too many expensive pace bowlers and I reckon rather they feel it would be more of a slur to not bowl them when they are purely there for their bowling that to bowl the bowlers who nearly always do a much better job

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

@steve48 on (March 29, 2014, 19:30 GMT) I'm not convinced about Jordan as a batsman and prefer both Bres and Broad ahead of him but we have to equate in the fact that the game was over when Bres hit those blows. All the bowler needed to concentrate on was making sure it was a legal delivery. Bres should not have been in the side at all IMO

Posted by JG2704 on (March 30, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

@Srivathsa Sarma / Jose Puliampatta - No. England are out more because of their poor bowling than anything else. No one knows how good KP is these days in SFs. His last ODI series was pretty poor. As I said in my full post re KP the batting was not really an issue. If you are constantly having to chase bigger scores then surely it's the bowling that needs looking at. When we won the WC in 2010 our bowling was much much better. Re not expecting Eng to join Netherlands and Bangladesh so fast - many predicted England would get thrashed by everyone and some inc Netherlands (which could happen still) but the reality is that they've been involved in 3 knife edge games with the 3 major countries inc a win over the ICC number one T20 side

@Vijaya Chandrasoma on (March 30, 2014, 2:35 GMT) It's 100% all to play for. If NZ win they have 3 wins to SL's 2 and if SL win vice versa. I reckon (without looking) if it's a no result then SL would go through because of the Netherlands result

Posted by stormy16 on (March 30, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

For the last if SA are still not convinced of the batting order, I think we know now - AB must bat at #3 and was the difference in the end. His normal t20 batting is way better than run a ball but its overdrive that puts the game away, which is why he must bat at #3, the is simply a no brainer and I dont understand why SA dont get this. Althought the finish appears close Eng were always chasig the game when they lost Morgan. SA were simply too good and were always going to defend. I wasnt totally convinced by Amla in the first two games but not anymore, he must open. SA are well set now with good options on th bench going in to the semi-final and unlike in the past, they come in to a knockout game probably not as the favorite but with all the credentials to beat anyteam.

Posted by notimeforcricket on (March 30, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

I just don't get it. Why fly Ian Bell oover and ot play him. surely best to either play him or let him enjoy the off season.... England had a top 4, a wicket keeper, an allrounder and a load of bowlers. Evidence shows that unless you have a superstar bowler (Steyn, Malinga etc(, it makes very little difference who is bowling the overs so why on earth is Dernbach in the side? If Bell comes in for Dernbach, there is no obvious weakening of the bowling (Ali and Bopara can bowl a few) and the batsmen can play with greater freedom, knowing that, even if they get out, there is an extra batsman. In the middle overs they were nurdling 1s and 2s (rightly) knowing that they could not really unleash for fear of being bowled out. Despite the brainless selections, I thought England made a better fist of the tournament than I was expecting...

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

KP is not missed as many say. His ability has been on a downward trend for the past four years. His impact on the team would cost ten runs a game. He's gone. Good riddance.

I notice no one from England moaning about it, just those from the sub continent. Why are you so vexed about England dropping KP? We aren't.

He's gone. Move on, get over it.

Posted by Gulfaraz on (March 30, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

My favourate batsman is AB,Not now,before already there,he is very good technic there,no feel pahrahser every time,Best of luck AB in semi,

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

@JG2704 continued I'm actually changing my team. Lumb out- he hasn't convinced me. Vince to open and Taylor at 3. Taylor averages 30 in T20 so could be the side's rock. He is class after all. He can also clear the ropes (hundred vs Hants when KP retired from ODIs.

1.Hales 2.Vince 3.Taylor 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Ali 7.Willey 8.Napier 9.Jordan 10.Tredwell 11.Gurney

Tbh this tournament has been pretty poor from the ICC. No DRS?! Playing night matches in games hounded by dew. Playing in stadia with rubbish/faulty floodlights. Given the associates barely any chance. All seems farcical to me.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

@JG2704 "miserable" continued yesterday's match next. We put up a good fight. But we still lost. Still bowled abysmally. Batted ok but again there was nobody who looked capable to bat through. Also this is the one match bar Netherlands (which will be no picnic) you'd expect us to win. People arguing the Dernbach wide are being ridiculous. It happens, get over it. So AB hit it, but Jade still bowled the ball wide didn't he?

Don't forget the warm-up games. They were pathetic and really show up the spin daemons. So all in all, a miserable campaign for me.

Re my team, perhaps I was harsh on Bopara but I couldn't fit him in. You know I dislike his batting. He's bowled excellently recently, but could he do the same in England? He could play instead of Trewell in my team.

Napier had a good season last year and can still bowl quick. Certainly wouldn't say he's past it. I do like water watching Topley in white-ball cricket as well.

Personally not a massive fan of Patel as I said elsewhere

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

AB was simply brilliant. He was electric in the field as well with a superb catch. England batted well as well. All in All it was a great game of cricket.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 30, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

@JG2704 Re miserable campaign. Vs New Zealand the better side won imo. We batted pretty well to get to 170, but there were too many 30s. New Zealand may have lost Guptill, but with the likes of Williamson, McCullum, Taylor, Anderson and even Ronchi and Nathan McCullum left vs our bowling, that conceded 190 in boththeother matches against weaker batting lineups imo, the potential result is pretty obvious to me.

It was nice to beat Sri Lanka. However we still bowled terribly. Also Sri Lanka's attack relied on spin that was nullified by the dew. Had the ICC enough common sense to host the major tournament somewhere where dew isn't so problematic, I'm pretty sure the result would not be the same. People will argue had the Mahela catch been given we could have restricted them. I respond with the Kusal wicket. You may argue it evens out but really? Had Perera been given not out, the second could never have happened. Also how do you quantify each wicket? The truth is you can't.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 30, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

England missed the trick by not having Panesar in the squad , teams with good spinners are doing well and Monty showed it in the tour of India 2012 .Still feel England have played reasonable good cricket and were unlucky with game against NZ which was curtailed . SA are getting stronger and could beat the Asian teams .

Posted by tmfp on (March 30, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

There's some weird denial going on in these comments, England are an unbalanced team that don't really understand how T20 works. A fluke win against SL, a harsh loss against NZ and now well beaten by SA despite the scoreline. The upside for England supporters is that this expected and deserved elimination should be held against Giles and make his potentially disastrous reign by default less likely. I don't want to jump on the Dernbasher waggon but really......

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

Very selfish and scared captaincy by Broad. He did not bowl in the power play and then he did not bowl in dearth overs. So that he has good figures to show. If he would have bowled in hitting overs the result would have been different.

Posted by Protea.Titan on (March 30, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

Enough with the excuses now, umpires? 3 runs? dropped catches? The fact is that England this match with 3 balls to go, could have been more had Hales been given rightly out, Bresnan just slogged out with the match gone, to an uninterested bowler that was already celebrating. 3 runs? Please! The scoreline flatters England.

Posted by Sorcerer on (March 30, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

Jordan focused on singles when all-out hitting was required! Bresnan showed how it's done with free-flow slogging. That decision by Broad to send Jordan ahead of Bresnan sealed the fate of the match for England.

Posted by android_user on (March 30, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

England need to find a captain who does most of the hard lifting himself and leads from the front. Broad neither bowls in powerplays nor death (even when others are struggling) nor bats in top 6. As a rank outsider - unaware of inside happenings of English cricket, I'd love to see KP as captain. He's the best batsman and at least leads the batting charge. If I was an English cricketer I doubt I d want Broad as my captain.

Posted by Protea.Titan on (March 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

I see a lot of England supporters moaning about the erronously called Dernbach wide which gave Saf extra 7 runs, that supposedly gave them the decisive edge, but nothing about the extra runs that Hales aggressively piled on after being given not out from a non-existent no ball. There are some real sore losers out there.

Posted by sssugat on (March 30, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

when i see Kohli playing, I think he is better than AB and when i see AB playing i think he is better than Kohli....confused :(

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 30, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

2 of the top 4 are already through to semis. Next 2 are struggling here. As an Oz-English fan feel huge disappointment to see none of these teams are likely to advance ahead. Yeah, they played good cricket but in patches probably because of not reading/adopting correct strategy on SC pitches. Team combinations were poor than team selection. Apart from this, they didn't use their resources (available) very well. Use of spin option is one of those which can be utilized more effectively. Conceding too many runs against opponents being only reason between win & Loss. Next best teams (Nzl/WI) are having better chances as they are & look much formidable as against Pak/SL. Time had shown again & again when any of top 6 teams struggled , PAK/SL got advantage. Let's hope best team to go ahead & win the championship as like 2007 & 2012. After all the winner shouldn't be decided on merely 2 knock out games as seen in 2nd & 3rd editions.

Posted by fiddlerv90 on (March 30, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

it's fun and terrifying reading some comments cos english fans think they lost that match by 3 runs...it hurt coz we all know Eng lost that match with 3 balls to spare. Steyn and SA didn't care much about how Eng finish-off de match cos they were celebrating already. I pretty much don't think steyn would hav been smarshed for 12 in the last 2 balls if the game was still on, judging by how they went about things in de 1st 3 games.

AB de villiers is always a player to watch cos he always try to upset bowlers in every way even if it means risking his wicket. Eng should learn that yorkers only win matches against tailenders, not with quality batmen at the crease.

Posted by Lion_96 on (March 30, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

AB was the difference between the two. He ensured SAF had enough runs on the board to counter the English Batting and the dew. These night games are ridiculously dependent on the toss! But in a way, Im glad South Africa won, cos it would have been sad to see the team winning the toss, ending up winning the game. Hope our bowlers learnt a a thing or two from the Saffas. England batted well in this tournament, but in all three of their matches, the bowling was quite expensive and this has cost them a place in the semis.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Friends the World T20 2014 final will be a PAKISTAN vs INDIA thriller.

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

I am looking forward to SA versus India. This will be India's first test against a true, battle hardened, star laden side. India's batting is strong but the bowling is weaker. So if SA's bats are on song (specially Amla) then Dhoni and his men are toast.

Posted by bllas on (March 30, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

On Monday it's SL Vs Nz is quarter final

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

IPL experience would not have hurt the talented players like AB & Miller. In fact Miller came into "global prominence" through his superlative performance in IPL, though AB already had that. On the losing side, look at Bopara too. So, IPL is more than just money, even for non-Indian players. Give the devil, what it is due!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

One never expected England to join Netherlands & Bangladesh so fast to give them company. That is real CSR, touted by Management Gurus and corporates (more often only in words, and not in deeds), but implemented by England team readily, by supporting the downtrodden so fast, without any foot-dragging. (CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility)

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Call me stupid, but is SL assured of a place in the semi finals irrespective of the result of their match against NZ Monday?

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

The basic reason for England getting rid of KP was "team coherence" (stated publicly), rather than "team performance" (not stated publicly, but by implication). England is achieving that (coherence without results) now: No? So, be happy about it.

Posted by anand_ on (March 30, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Broad is too selfish to be a captain all he is doing right now is hiding himself. He never comes to bowl in the power-plays and I dont even remember when was the last time he bowled in the death. You cant have a captain who is just looking out for his own performance. A captain should be someone who leads from the front.

Posted by Cyber_Baba on (March 30, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

Yes de Villiers played a special inning however this loss can only be attributed to yet another error from an Aussie umpire for declaring a which de Villiers under edged to wicketkeeper as wide. SA got one extra run and the additional ball of the over was hit for a six. If the correct call was made, SA would have been 7 runs less than what their final total was..... The margin of loss was only three runs.

Third umpire normally intervene and correct the umpire if he don't declare the over after 6 legitimate deliveries......why can't they intervene and correct the umpires if they call the wides incorrectly.

Posted by whocareswhowins on (March 30, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

@Lanka1003 : really? I admire your ability to see into the future!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 30, 2014, 0:38 GMT)

England played well and they were close in one game and Lost by DL in another

Posted by PakSelectorsRbad on (March 30, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

England is the only team that is overrated in international cricket. Future of cricket is in Asia and Africa...Australia and England are history in cricket. Not sure why England and Australia are considered in big 3.

Posted by vick2025 on (March 29, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

No doubt ABD is a class player and a deserved win for SA but the way Eng defended those runs was also very special...but their chase was cut short and like most of you I also feel bad for the Eng fans...oh well..good luck in the next time...cheers!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

That one incorrect no ball decision and the re ball went for a four would have made the result different?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

@ vrkp observed "SA should really thank the umpire who gave a wide to Dernbach's ball when it clearly hit the bottom end of the ABD's bat. the extra ball cost 8 runs to England."

Ummm … the same ump gave Hales a life on a no ball that was not a no ball. Hales scored another 30 or so, leaving SA some 22 runs in the red. I don't think any Saffa will be thanking him.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

@ dreamliner informs us that "Jade Dernbach now has the joint-worst economy rate in international Twenty20 history."

Psssst dreamliner ... Why do you think the Saffas palmed him off on Eng?

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

@ Hatter_Mad asked "What are the England-haters going to do when England go out?"

They will do what all those England-haters do. They will go on hating England. Simple, huh? For further instructions on the ins and outs of hating the English, ask any Irishman.

Posted by niazbhi on (March 29, 2014, 22:28 GMT)

If you pick a bowler who gives 5.2 runs in list A, if you are lucky the bowler might give 7.2 in 20/20s. If you are picking a bowler who gives away 6.2 runs in list A, there is no way this guy going to average less than 8 in the 20/20. If he is one of your two or three specialist bowlers, your team is always giving out 170 runs. That's where England starts.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

Another good match. England made one big mistake. Bresnan should have batted before Jordan. Had Bresnan failed, then Jordan would have had all reason to hit out in any form of swipes or 'buck' shots.

Not sure why Bopara did not fire earlier?

Ab is the reason for SA win.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

England had great chance to be in the semis, but they have no one else but themselves to blame. They dropped too many catches this tournament and crucial ones too. Catches win matches, and that is the reason they didn't make it to semis. India and South Africa with play in the Final!! Go India

Posted by Testcricketistop on (March 29, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

Proteas have looked decidedly average during this tournament, poor form and tactics with one or two odd selections suggest we won't get past India.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

Two of these will be in final: SA, SL, WI

Posted by CodandChips on (March 29, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Continuing from my previous comment, perhaps the best result for English cricket would be to lose against the Netherlands. Would be the only way to get certain players dropped after the tournament. A victory could mask the obvious problems

Posted by MH19 on (March 29, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

I am a sri lankan but we are in must win against NZ and if not we get eliminated so do not yet predict a SL Semi

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 29, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

I agree the final needs to be a best of 3 affair...and do not play any dead rubbers.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 21:26 GMT)

de Villiers with his unconventional & innovative classical magical spell had laid the foundation for SA win, but in a high scoring England losing just in 3 runs is tragic. But it was a quite interesting match to watch !

May be the dew factor played spoilsports in getting the match getting elongated as almost all the players in the ground including the umpires were doing something related to the dew phenomenon.

Seems that this particular weather conditions in Chitagong seem to be not ideal for night matches !

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 21:24 GMT)

England's bowling and captaincy again was atrocious. Dernbach should never be in an international side. How many runs does he have to go for before he is kicked into touch?

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

@CodandChips- You say another miserable campaign but all things considered it wasn't as bad as I feared - hopefully they'll publish all my posts 1st time this time and you can read my opinion on the campaign. Not selecting Patel once Root was injured was a huge error and we've all gone through all the bowling issues Re your side - I like it but no Bopara? He's nearly always done a superb job with the ball and I felt he showed more intent with the bat and would say that the 2 4s he manufactured of Mallinga were crucial to the win. I'dhave him in above Ali as he adds something different with the bal and he can't be to blame for being underused with the ball. I also like Patel. Root is possibly a better batting option , Patel a better bowling option so it depends what your balance is. Dernbach will no doubt go back to Surrey and be near unplayable, I think Napier's time may have passed but even if they are looking to the future I wouldn't mind them trying someone like Topley

Posted by Lord_mac on (March 29, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

Having made 190+ in two successive innings, it must be obvious to anyone with half a brain that there is no problem with England's batting, and therefore no need to call for KP. Not that there's any chance of that, England has rightly moved on.

The problem is in the bowling department. Just exactly what is the point of Jade Dernbach?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

Can't believe the saffers keep winning these tight ones! A couple of hits each game and they'd be 0-3. Well done to them, I guess.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

This report mentions Dernbach "delivered three wides, one of which de Villiers made contact with but was wrongly called by umpire Rod Tucker"

Not mentioned is that Albie Morkel "delivered 2 leg byes, a dot ball, & took a wicket wrongly called a no-ball by umpire Rod Tucker." Is the denied wicket of a leading batsman less newsworthy than an incorrectly called wide?

Interesting, the bad no-ball call is detailed across multiple cricinfo pages - just not this match report The companying highlights package details both of Umpire Tucker's wrong calls, & the accompanying article, "Plays - Beards plunged into the dark," has a chapter entitled "The non no-ball." There the non wide is not mentioned.

The accompanying "#Report - Let there be light," also details the non no-ball, stating "(Hales) 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." There's not a tweet about the wide, though!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

England can take pride that they played as a team, the team spirit is high, all the players are respectful of theECC and that man Giles has complete control . The only issue is their cricket is poorer without their best player and they are LOSING. they are back to being the middling team they were . Bring back KP and sack whoever was behind his sacking.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Re KP - Yes we'd like to have seen him playing but I doubt today's version would have made too much difference Surely a bigger reason for not qualifying is our bowling - especially the pacers which time and time have let us down. The only pace bowler we should definitely keep with is Jordan who is also fairly athletic in the field although I hope we're not thinking of him as anywhere near the all rounder spot. We must learn to pick different sides (formation) for different conditions. For me Bres has been the worst by far and despite in the last 2 games his overs getting progressively worse - he has still bowled the last over in each. It seems that we must play 4 pacers wherever and then must justify their election by continuing with them when they are going for runs AND at the expense of Bopara who has been one of our most reliable bowlers. Sure he may go the same way as Derbach and Bres but when both are guaranteed to leak runs is it even a gamble bowling Ravi late on?

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

Why did neither Bopara or Tredwell bowl their full quota? Both were easily the best bowlers in WI. Broad is poor captain who is not getting the advice he needs from the 30-odd backroom staff.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

I'm actually going to say that I'm not too disappointed in the way the tournament went for us (England) despite what has happened. Many people said we'd be thrashed in every game inc by Netherland (which I suppose could still happen) but the reality is that we've lost one game on DL by a few runs after just 5 overs and when our best 2 bowlers hadn't even bowled and another game when we failed to chase a big 190+ score and without such a shoddy bowling performance who knows what may have happened. The bowling has been shoddy for a long time and I have always thought that playing 4 pacers in these conditions was a silly move. But I'm quite proud of the batsmen as a whole. They all contributed something and I would have expected (especially with using only 6 batsmen before the bowlers who can maybe bat a little) for the team to fold when chasing anything much north of 160 and in 2 games we have chased a decent target vs the number 1 T20 side and not fallen too far short chasing 197

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 29, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

@BennieLovesCricket and @vrkp, surely it came down to Hales being out off a no ball that wasn't a no ball?

Posted by metadata on (March 29, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

how many of the big three are left in this thing again

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT) Also in one of Dernbach's later overs Tucker missed an obvious edge and called a wide and the extra ball went for 6 and there was a delivery in the England inns which was a test wide and wasn't called. Tucker was just poor all round

@wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT) So your personal view is that KP would have scored 31 off 18 with the bat with one hand? Really sensible commenting there

Posted by mzm149 on (March 29, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

That's why I call A B de a Villiers the best batsman across all three formats against any opposition at any place.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 29, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

This means South Africa will end up being number 2 in group 1 no matter what happens and will play against the top team of group 2. Best of luck.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

CTD - Re batting , we were up against it from ball 1. We had a decent enough start but I think the player who has been the biggest disappointment in the WC is Morgan. There was the inns vs SL but apart from that he's looked scratchy. I was really hoping he'd thrive on being our main man in KPs absence. I don't have too much of an issue re the way we went about the task but the total (thanks to the brilliance of Amla and AB combined with some poor bowling) was probably always likely to be too much. Thought Buttler looked good but the way he got out was poor. He struck the ball well so you'd have to say the choice of shot rather than the execution was poor. It's a shame , I feel we didn't give ourselves the best opportunity both with the selection of players and utilising the players we had out there but congrats SA and good luck to the other qualifier from the group whether it be SL or NZ.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

The extra wide given by umpire cost england the match. Well played

Posted by ageas on (March 29, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

So - another series lost! And the END seem to attribute it all to a recalcitrant KP. But what does it say about management when on the Ashes tour one player goes home through exhaustion/ stress, another is deemed 'unselectable', and another retires mid-series. Any manager in any job would be questioned. On top of that, your star performer is apparently 'unmanageable'. The second highest scorer in the Ashes and last season's top scorer in T20 can't get into the T20 team. The England management set up is so inward looking - let's hope for an outsider and a breath of fresh air.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 29, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Congratulations SA.

Re the game , well again our bowlers left the batsmen with another big chase and we were never likely to do it 2 games running and the 3 run deficit makes it look closer than it was. Amla has been a little lethargic at times in this form. Unfortunately we got the version that was full of intent from the off and this set the tone for the inns. Had he been in one of his more placid moods the scorecard may have been different. It also seemed that some of De Villiers swings/miscues were landing in the middle of nowhere rather than to a fielder (who'd likely have dropped him). AB is an extremely dangerous SF player and has the full game - the power, the skillset , the unorthodox and the speed (running between the wickets). Buttler's missed stumping of Amla could have proven costly also. Now can anyone please tell me why Bopara only bowled 2 overs and Tredwell only 3. Yes Tredwell was not as economical as usual but was still surely a better bet than Bres

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

AB - Most innovative batsman of this era

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (March 29, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

I've nothing against any of the England players, they all try very hard. But how we have approached T20s is rubbish, and Giles is to blame. Cases in point. 1. Either Ali is good enough to bowl 4 overs or he isnt, if he isnt what is he doing in the side? If not, give me Patel, Trego or Stevens at 3 if you want batting power and 2 overs. 2. I love Bres, I really do, but he's not quite there with his bowling against the best in the world. 3. Is Dernbach really the best T20 bowler England can find, I really struggle with this, he is nearly guaranteed to go for 40 runs, albeit in the toughest overs. We must have someone with more control and lesser variation for placid international pitches. 4. Where is Samit Patel? 5. How many did Bopara bowl? Guaranteed our answer will be to get Stokes and Root, who should be concentrating on ODI cricket and nothing else to develop. We've missed a trick here, by playing 4!! seamers, and not taking pace off the ball. Why do we bother.

Posted by Raymond92 on (March 29, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Not surprised anymore. England cant expect to win with these bits and pieces players. The tail is way too long. Need to get Root back with his off-spin.

Posted by aeroboy.ae on (March 29, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

A fantastic knock from the marque batman ABD Villiers... It was nothing but the happiness of my eyes to enjoy such kind of masterclass T-20 performance.. Salute boss- from a BD fan

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Very poor place to play cricket. Dew is playing a major factor in this ground, especially in night matches. poor maintance of the ground lights. It will be simple that the team batting second on Monday will probably win. it will be a huge pressure for the team batting first to put a massive score. won't be surprise if the team batting first on Monday crash to a law score. ICC should play big tournaments in these conditions

Posted by cloudmess on (March 29, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

I agree with Bambazonke - so long as I know that team-spirit is good in the England camp, I don't mind if we start losing everything again.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

@Bennielovescricket and @Vrkp, Morkel was called for a no ball, which would of yielded a wicket, when it clearly was not a no ball. The resulting free hit was a six. So no, that wide signalled still had no bearing on the end result.

Posted by steve48 on (March 29, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Good effort by the batsmen, hindsight is easy but not sure about Jordan ahead of Bresnan though. Don't need hindsight to predict the outcome for poor old Jade! Please give him a 'rest' now, what has to happen for him to be dropped? Despite some of his behaviour, I am starting to feel sorry for him! Too much pressure on a player not close to test standard has taken its toll, bowling power play and death overs all the time. Had my hands over my eyes from the start of the 18th over! Shame Hales and Buttler fell just as they were motoring, needed an AB from one of them. Looking forward to KP showing us what we are missing in the IPL!

Posted by PUNJABISTAN on (March 29, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Hafeez is having Nightmares already!

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

England cannot win without K.P and Imran Tahir is always contributing in wins for Shouth Africa in the tournament. AB will have to play well if S.A want to win this T20Wc.

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

I don't really understand why England didn't picked Panesar in these conditions? He alongside tredwell and Ali would had formed rather OK combination. Broad is not a good captain and his bowling changes r rather clueless at times. He and mushfiq forms a pair of worst captains out of Top 10 teams

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

@ Hanumall commented "The better team on the day has won.But England did very well to come very very close, in fact just a shot away from winning."

Yes - but England did have the distinct advantage of Hales' second innings 31. Without that they were more than a few shots away - an over or two perhaps?

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Maybe the two colossal no balls that got two top order England batsmen out that Parnell bowled might have impacted. The second one he was a good 6 inches over! He was so far over I though Asif must have been bowling it! It was clear from the live full speed delivery, was shown one more time, then the image "cropped" for every replay since as the broadcaster looks to "sanitize" these mistakes. Mistakes of this magnitude cost games. Games should be won or lost by the players, not the umpires mistakes. Get DRS in!

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

SA beats England undoubtedly they were better than English team India ,SA best teams in world cricket Bresnan hitting. Steyn coz match was already gone otherwise he wouldn't have been

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Gud nail butting thriller india and sa best sides in international cricket everybody knew 20 of 3 balls will never come Dats y bresnan was able to hit Steyn as he was relaxed SA defeated England

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

Really happy for Hash, AB and Wayne. Good show guys. Before the game Martin Crowe ran our team down, so we showed the Kiwi as well!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

well played England. I really love u.

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

good SA play

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Mr Hopps well captures the fluency and power of Hales' batting when he writes, "Hales, who had registered England's first T20 hundred in the victory against Sri Lanka, had attacked the huge target with a stately disdain, reaching 38 from 22 balls before slicing to deep cover."

A slight, perhaps inconsequential addition to this fine writing may help the reader more fully grasp the Hales' attack on SA's bowlers, and would read, "Hales, who had registered England's first T20 hundred in the victory against Sri Lanka, had attacked the huge target with a stately disdain, reaching 9 off the first over before slapping straight to point, and added a further 31 from 18 balls in his second innings, before slicing to deep cover."

It was Hales' batting in his 2nd innings that brought Eng so close to victory, and that contribution should be given full respect!

Posted by Saintscc2011 on (March 29, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Jade Dernbach again terrible economy and no wickets.. He's been the worst English bowler all series and has never really been international t20 level in my opinion. We need a replacement and quick!

Posted by Abhi_missingsachin on (March 29, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Australia have been good, but not good enough !! the same applies to england as well.. it's gona bee a goodbye for the ashes duo most probably !!

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 29, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

I never thought England would reach the knockout stage of the World T20, not after what they did to poor Pietersen, and they've certainly proven me right.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

every one is discussing abt umpairing errors in favor off sa ... wt abt hales dismiss in the bowling off morkel. morkel foot is touching the line bt it is called no ball.. sa u played well n u deserve to win.. awesome mr 360 degree (abd)

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Well England missed one of the world's best T20 players , KP. Cook doesn't play this format, so why not play KP? I think ECB is being silly and festering individual clashes. They should say you are all playing as a team so you have no choice but to gel.

Posted by duncanmoo on (March 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Someone please tell me what Beuran Hendricks is doing in the team, against AUS he singlehandedly lost a game through his bowling and here he did not fair that much better. Amla, you are my hero, Nice to see Tahir doing well. And nice to watch ENG without having to hate them (as they no longer have KP in the side).

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (March 29, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

A measly three runs... Hard luck England. Very commendable display from the batsmen today, but once again I can't help but question Broad's captaincy - particularly his lack of confidence in the bowling of Bopara and Ali. We can all but wonder now what might have been if only Broad would realise that spinners, not seamers, are dominating this format/tournament, and that terrible overs from the likes of Dernbach are the norm of late. Great game nonetheless, and congratulations and good luck to South Africa.

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

worst captaincy s.broad pls give to Morgan

Posted by ENGLANDEXPECTS on (March 29, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

The team spirit better without KP, well its certainly not showing on the pitch. We have won one match with an exceptional innings from Hales the rest is a joke. The bowling is simply not good enough, the fielding abysmal and the batting, Hales one innings excluded, shows no fight. Its no good Morgan or Bopara hitting a few blows when they have allowed the rate to rise above 13 an over. How much longer are we going to accept defeat before something changes from the top down. Lets end with KP, let me remind you England have only won one ICC tournament since the first in 1975 and who remind me who was the player of that tournament.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

AB de was rotating his bowlers efficiently and batting order changes also looked perfect.

So why not make AB the regular captain ? Apparently he can handle pressure. [ Although, if AB de was suspended instead of Faf du, it'd be much worse ! ]

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

india will win the cup i guess

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

How does SA qualify already? If NZ and SL win bot their next matches, they both will qualify on net run rate. Can some one explain how the system works?

Posted by khs_shk2000 on (March 29, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Poor umpiring by Tucker, why he gave that no ball, Hales was on 9 when was out? Imagine if England won the match how much it cause the SA. Austrailian umpiring standard going back to 80,s .

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Once again SA defend their total in the final over, & clawed their way into the semis. But, SA have serious problems that need attention.

As so many have pointed out, Amla is too slow & unreliable to open, & should be dropped. A mere 56 at a SR of 151.34 is simply not good enough. As some have suggested here, opening with Albie Morkel, Miller or Parnell should be given serious consideration!

SA's bowlers continue to struggle with the no-ball, costing extras, free hits & valuable wickets. SA courted defeat in the 2nd over when Albie conceded a no-ball by keeping part of his foot behind the line, reprieving Engs most valuable batsman. SA's bowlers must stay at least a meter behind the popping crease to stop confusing the umps. CSA should immediately install knee high electrified fences in the bowling nets. That will soon teach these ill disciplined bowlers the lesson they deserve.

AB's batting was passable. As always Albie was a monster, & Miller the most dynamic finisher around.

Posted by 200ondebut on (March 29, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

We all know this is not Englands best side because of one obvious omission. But we also seem to be lacking elsewhere through the side - bowling especially. I cant believe that Jordan, Dernbach and Bresnan are our best T20 specialists? There is is distinct lack of guile and also a sparcity of bottle (when the heat is on).

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

without kp team they can't win big game trust me.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

I love the comments about the wide that wasn't. What about hales out to Alvie and called a no ball. Would england have even made 100 with him out in the second over. At the end of the day, that team that deserved it were victorious. Nuff said

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (March 29, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Give more overs to Bops and Ali, get rid of the posse of useless 'specialist bowlers' and pick more batsmen. Kieswetter and Bell should have played, as should KP. Bowlers who can bat are useful in OdIs and tests, but in T20 you need proper big hitting batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Surprising number of positives from England, especially on the batting front. If England are serious about making a fresh start (or is that just anti-KP spin?), the only players to continue as England T20 players should be: Hales; Buttler; Morgan; Bopara; Jordan; maybe Ali. Anyone involved in selecting Dernbach as a bowler or Broad as a captain should step down now. When has Broad shown any aptitude to or flair for captaincy? Why are the top sides playing world class players in T20 (De Villiers, Steyn, Malinga, Kohli, Dhoni. Watson, Cullum, Taylor) while England leave Anderson at home and Bell on the bench?

Posted by iamgroot on (March 29, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

I agree with most of the comments..Umpiring was very poor. AB clearly hit that ball with the bottom of the bat and there was enough sound. Rod tucker was stubborn. Having said that SA played very well. They grabbed the opportunities like that and make England pay for the fielding mistakes. Eng fielded rather poorly. Catches were missed and fielding was not up to the standard. And bowling freebies to AB who is a very clean hitter. He is getting into position quickly and timing the ball perfectly. England were very poor in bowling and fielding dept. To add to their woes umpiring was poor and against them. It was horrible day for England. This due factor is playing huge role in deciding the fate of the match. This is totally shifting the balance in favor of team batting second. Either way it looks more like India vs SA in semi's .. SL vs WI. .. not sure what will be the fate of NZ and PAK..but things are going to plan ..games are getting interesting.. india all the best for next game..

Posted by Maham123 on (March 29, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

Eng cannot even able to take the advantage of the dew factor .......very well played by SA and the way they are progressing ,,,very well looked a serious contender for the title

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Typical. England fans bashing umpures for their team's misery in the tournament. What about that important Hales' wicket that the umpures wrongly disallowed as coming off a no ball or do you prefer that umpires make mistakes only in favour of England?

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

some one is said abt umpairing erros in sa favor.. then wt abt hales dismiss in 2nd over tat is called no ball even morkel foot is touching the line.. sa u playd well.. awesome mr 360 degree(abd)

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@benni, what about the No Ball (that wasn't) when Hales was caught on 9 ??? And he then hit the next 2 balls for consecutive 4 and added 19 more runs to his score.

Do you still Gotta say, you are not happy!!!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

SL vs NZ will be like a quarter final. The winner will advance to the semis along with SA. At the moment, SL are the favorites to win that match, especially if Herath plays and Mendis doesn't...

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

@Bennie loves cricket - That wide had a much smaller impact on the final result than another terrible umpiring decision: the no-ball that wasn't a no-ball. That cost SA a lot of runs as Hales kept batting for quite a while. Good game by SA and well deserved victory. Is the dew going to be a factor in the semis and the final too?

Posted by FiizRhym on (March 29, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Something must be done regarding dew factor it takes away the fairness out of the game. Every team who wins the toss is going to ball first and later on dew causes the problem for bowling team. I heard India had used an anti dew chemical during IPL matches why not use that stuff here in Bangladesh...PLZ comment on that

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

England should thank the umpire of giving the no ball of Albie Morkel on which Alex Hales actually got out , lucky that they got close or else what would happen to them !

Posted by Stark62 on (March 29, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Eng played really good cricket through out the tournament and I don't think they could have done anything better (maybe replace Derbach and improve the fielding).

They just don't seem to have a genuine impact bowler, who they can throw the ball to pick up wickets or bowl at the death, without conceding many runs.

Anyway, congrats to SA for reaching the semi-finals but it was always going to be the case, after they won agisnt the Kiwis.

Posted by B.C.G on (March 29, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Im relieved at the win but can't understand why the English are so critical of their team?So far they have scored 183,193,193 w/o one their best bats-KP.They have been shockingly unlucky in this tournament with rain in the first,dropped catches(of poor Dernbach) in the 2nd game & those last 2 overs in this one.Why if Moeen had caught ABD or atleast had prevented that boundary Eng would have won this!!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

English fans talking loud about umpires missing no balls. What about that massive Hales' wicket wrongly judged as a no ball or do you only prefer umpures make wrong decisions in favour of England? Figures...

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

If Hales was out early in the morkel over where it was called a no ball then I doubt England would've gotten close because Hales was the one giving England that start they got. Umpiring calls affected both sides

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

New zealand will beat sri lanka and make it to the semi finals. It will be ind-SA and new-wi semi final likely...

Posted by thozar on (March 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

This tight win and the one against Netherlands only proves that RSA are not that great a team and are way over-rated. RSA are finding it tough to beat even poor teams. They are good only in tests and in that also they lost to Australia at home!!!! India will meet them in the semis. I hope we crush them as we have done to all other teams so far in this tournament. This tournament has also proved how far India is ahead of other teams in limited overs especially in big tournaments. We saw a similar pattern in the champions trophy also.

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Still don't see SA's death bowling being good enough to make it past the semi-finals in this tournament. Hendricks, Parnell, Tsotsobe hemorrhage runs like nobody's business.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

One of the very beast in the business............

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Thanks almighty. I have never seen this type of luck with sa in my life.hope sa will overcome their semi's bad luck.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 29, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

"De Villiers blitz leads South Africa into semis" Wrong headline....It should read "Umpire Tucker's mistake hands South Africa a semi-final spot" Thanks Rod !!!

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Yet another hiding for the tattooed wonder. Didn't help the no balls that were missed. The second and third wickets SA took were off no balls. BIG no balls! Two South Africans were the difference between the teams. DeVilliers... and Dernbach. Graham Swann is on record as saying how Good Dernbach is and that people posting here don't know what they are talking about. The figures speak for themselves Swanny. for a prolonged period in the side we've seen time and again, the guy can't bowl, can't bat and can't field.

To paraphrase Billy Beane; "If he's such a good bowler, why doesn't he bowl better?"

Devilliers fantastic. SA deserve to go through, England's batting has been superb, probably the best of any team in the tournament, but their bowling and fielding has been woeful. Really bad, terrible. Not sure how Finn, Anderson or Onions could have been worse than Dernbach.

My choice.. Graham Napier.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Alex was given not out early in his inning - it was not a no ball by Albie Morkel. Factor that into the poor umpire decisions as well - it all levels out.

In the the score flattered a bit. When the last two sixes were hit, the game was already over.

Posted by ma1893 on (March 29, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

I think the blame falls on Broad, his bowling decisions are ridicolous. Bopara and Ali are England's best bowlers (particularly in these conditions) and Broad hardly gives them any overs. Instead he goes to Dernbach!

- SA supporter but feel bad for ENG

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

a grudging win by SA...you are still very fortunate to have made it thus far. One wonders who KP was rooting for?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

Great match, before the first innings the due looked to favor England with Hashim Amla doing well and AB De Villiers finishing it off at the end it. England didn't manage to chase it. It came down to the last over South Africa won by 3 more runs come on South Africa.

Posted by Azurite on (March 29, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Listen to the sour grapes!

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 29, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

If some one ask me to " choose any player you want from any country to your team".I will say to him "Please give me Mr. AB devilliers Plz............"

Posted by Bambazonke on (March 29, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Never mind England-the team can console itself that team spirit is great now that KP has gone.

Posted by bobmartin on (March 29, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

Message to the England selectors... "Why keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different result?"..

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (March 29, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

I am a bit sad for England...they really played well and were slightly unlucky...Beating sl on these pitches is a great achievement...

Posted by bobmartin on (March 29, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Big mistake !!! Huge !!!! Now we are eliminated let the statements begin " we'll can take a lot of postives from the fact that we got so close" etc etc.. The mistake. as it was in the previous game, is that we let the opposition get too many and then expected the batters to chase down a total... Well it worked in the last game... but to expect it twice on the trot is too much..Check the line-up... 4 batsman.... Hales... Lumb (out of form) .. Moen Ali...(hardly a whirlwind)... Morgan (not exactly in the form of his life)... Then we are into the all-rounders/bowlers....With a batting line-up as short and fragile as that.. you need a formidable attack... and we sure as hell do not have that.... Bit's and pieces dibbly-dobblers... Instead of taking postives from what has happened .. we should be looking at the negatives as to why it has happened.. if we start doing that and ditching the dead wood... we might make room for some headway towrds improving our performances.

Posted by proteasfire on (March 29, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Excellent win for South Africa. Great comeback by batting unit. Thats what everyone wanted AB at #3 and Miller at #5. That position always brings the best out of them. Amla proved his class in T20s too. When he came to tests everyone said he wont fit in international, then they said he is too slow a player to be in ODIs, now people call it a joke to include Amla in T20s, but the man himself is working hard and proves his class in every format of the game. Hats off to both legends AB and Amla for setting it up nicely for SA and bowlers did their job wonderfully to defend despite the dew factor. Overall a much needed boost for SA ahead of big game. Congrats SA!! #bigfan

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 29, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

poor captaincy by broad......

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Sending Jordan before Bresnan was a worst decision. Jordan consumed too many balls. Look what Bresnan did in the end. It would cause more pain to English fans.

Posted by Hanumall on (March 29, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

The better team on the day has won.But England did very well to come very very close, in fact just a shot away from winning. But the dew factor seems to give the side batting second such a frustratingly huge advantage, that something should be done about it. Had SA won the toss today they would have won the match much more handsomely. In the event they could only manage the narrowest of wins.

Posted by niazbhi on (March 29, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

Most of things in life and cricket cannot be predicted. But Dernbach giving away runs for sure.. His list A economy rate is bad. So is his 20/20s. I do not understand why he is called limited over specialist. His specialty must be bowling expensive overs. Broads captaincy is horrible, Give a few middle overs to Bopara and Tredwell. English batsmen were awesome though.

Posted by jonnyboy82 on (March 29, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

This is a poor tournament - there's not enough opportunity to take the freak result out of effecting the outcome, they should revamp the format to more games and make the final best of three. Take a leaf out of baseball.

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

Ind vs SA in semi-final

Posted by Lanka1003 on (March 29, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Now the final will be btwn SL and SA...

Posted by Hate.ME on (March 29, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

Congrats ...Most probably It is going to be

Ind vs SA

Pak vs SL

in semi-finals.....

Posted by anvesh4444 on (March 29, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Jordan, what a performance yaar

Posted by BennieLovesCricket on (March 29, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

So it all comes down to that wide that de Villiers hit and then the extra ball going for a no-ball and a six off the other extra ball. Gotta say I'm not happy :(

Posted by vrkp on (March 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

SA should really thank the umpire who gave a wide to Dernbach's ball when it clearly hit the bottom end of the ABD's bat. the extra ball cost 8 runs to England.

Posted by Hatter_Mad on (March 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Some very ordinary umpiring there. Very ordinary.

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (March 29, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Well done to SA on getting through to the semi-finals! But I can't help feeling we're punching above our weight. It'll probably be deemed a choke if we lose the semi, but really we haven't looked good enough to be there.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 29, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Another miserable campaign. One good hundred and victory (in friendly conditions) but that's it.

Squad was so miserably picked. Bell and Woakes picked for no logical reason. Too much faith shown in repeated failures Bresnan and Dernbach.

You can argue for KP. I argue for Napier. People will point to the injuries of Willey, Stokes & Root, but how much difference would they have seriously made?

Broad as a captain has always been poor. Wonder what excuse he'll have now.

Makes the New Zealand Sri Lanka game very, very interesting indeed (as if it wasn't already).

Batting hasn't really been a problem. Just the abysmal bowling. Bring in the best death bowler in the country Napier. Forget his age, he can bowl. and quickly. And bat's a bit.

Next T20I after this tournament, if all are fit: 1.Lumb 2.Hales 3.Root/Vince 4.Morgan (C) 5.Buttler 6.Ali 7.Willey 8.Napier 9.Jordan 10.Tredwell 11.Gurney

Posted by anvesh4444 on (March 29, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

if England loose this match, then it is only because of Jordan

Posted by Hatter_Mad on (March 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

What are the England-haters going to do when England go out?

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

My personal view is that...if kevin Pietersen bat with only one hand he would be far better than Moeen Alis and Ravi Boparas...England selectors playing with their own fortunes....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 29, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Wow! Two catches taken and the no-ball was not called both times? Are SA just "getting lucky?' Oh wow. Ali has been caught behind and yet another no-ball was missed. Boy - SA have the luck of the Irish tonight.

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (March 29, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

How hard would it be to keep a screen showing the fixed camera of the non-striker's crease in the third umpire's lair for no-balls? All he'd have to do is press a button each ball activating either a beeper or a light to communicate that to the on-field umpires. Bonus, they don't have to look down to check the no-ball and can focus on the adjudicating lbws and nicks...

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 29, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Umpiring standards are dropping as DRS is taking over. The umpires seem to be there to coach the bowlers rather than apply the rules and regs. SA had a couple of opportunities to get batting coaching earlier (light failure) so maybe it is only right the umpires help them with their foot placement (Donald spends more time coaching at the boundary than he used to spend on the pitch when he was playing!).

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (March 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

why umpire didnot go for upstairs? Hales got huge life! Poor poor umpiring?

Posted by philander50 on (March 29, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Rod Tucker - easily the worst umpire in this tournament

Posted by bobmartin on (March 29, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

Once again the England policy of having some players pencilled in irrespective of their form has brought about a catastrophe.... Example... What does Dernbach bring to the team... bowls well occasionally, can't field or bat. Is Bresnan really a T20 player.... Is Buttler the best wk/batsman in the country... Giles' notebook must be chock-a-block after that performance... but will it result in any changes and even if it does, it probably won't make that much difference anyway...

Posted by dreamliner on (March 29, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Jade Dernbach now has the joint-worst economy rate in international Twenty20 history. He and New Zealand's Jacob Oram both concede an average of 8.71 runs per over.

Posted by IMCG67 on (March 29, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

Can I suggest that England make Dernbach captain and bowl a ridiculously slow over rate ! It seems to be the only way he will be left out of the team no matter how bad his bowling and fielding gets !

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

looks like sl vs nz is a quarterfinal match.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (March 29, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Ahhh you see.Thats the problem with playing in Chittagong under lights, you cant have the toaster AND the kettle on at the same time.

Posted by willsrustynuts on (March 29, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

It is not the stadium management but the ICC that is at fault. The stadium cannot magic the power up from nowhere and the ICC knew that before this money spinning venture began.

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

England need Panesar on these pitches.

Posted by wapuser on (March 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

ICC must take action against Stadium's Management because of Power failure during the match of Eng vs S.A. This is World Cup not a small match.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 29, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

Why hold a tournament where they cannot even supply power??

Posted by android_user on (March 29, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

Hope SA will get through.

Posted by WTEH on (March 29, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Why would a country host a world tournament if they cannot provide enough electricity to light one cricket ground???? This is crazy!!! What's going on....

Posted by CodandChips on (March 29, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

Not feeling good about this.

Same old team. Too many bowling allrounders in Bopara (he has been more effective with ball than with bat recently), Jordan, Bresnan (though he has bowled abysmally). Same expensive bowlers. Compare to New Zealand who have arguably the 2 best T20I allrounders in Anderson and Neesham. Both can bat and bowl to a decent standard. Non of our allrounders can bat that well, and Bresnan has been expensive for ages, and Jordan is still young and can be occasionally expensive.

As I write this, Amla is destroying Jade Dernbach. Predictable. Oh and the lights have gone, let's hope this will make the difference.

Ali bowled well in his first over. Should get another 1 at least.

South Africa should cruise to victory. England batted well last match, but one victory shouldn't make that much a difference when the side is so poor.

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