Player of the Match
Player of the Match
164dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Root takes England to record WT20 chase

England completed the second-highest successful chase in T20 internationals and the highest in World T20 history to keep their campaign alive

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JE Root
JE Root
83(44) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
7 14 5 12 5 1 14 25
HM Amla
HM Amla
58(31) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 17 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
5 6 4 5 16 3 4 15

Best performances - Bowlers

KJ Abbott
KJ Abbott
O3.4
M0
R41
W3
Eco11.18
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MM Ali
MM Ali
O4
M0
R34
W2
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Will Luke

Good grief. What scenes. The bulletin is being scribbled as we speak, so keep your eyes on that, and join us tomorrow for more! Goodnight.

Faf du Plessis We've all played long enough to know that no score is unchasable. We said we needed to start with intensity and didn't do that. There were way to make extras from our point of view. Batting was superb, the first six on this wicket was the best time to bat and both sides did that. The execution of our extras, it makes it very tough because you are always under the pump."

Eoin Morgan Honestly, I felt we would have felt to play out of our skin to chase them. But there's a lot of talent in our team if we play with freedom. It's been going for just under a year now, we've had some big chases. But to get a start like that, Roy and Hales were outstanding. We'll take a lot of confidence. We came a little unstuck against Gayle, but tonight we finished well with the ball - it was just the first six overs. Batsmen are finding different ways of scoring."

11pm "It's just nice to contribute to a game of cricket," flat-bats Joe Root, the player-of-the-match. "Be sensible, play smart cricket…and the guys were so calm under pressure.

"It's about staying cool and building partnerships." He picks out Roy, inevitably, for making his job marginally easier.

It's the second-highest T20 run-chase in history. By, yes, England - a thrilling two-wicket win and England are still in the tournament. A gutsy, remarkable performance by England having bowled so poorly. Jason Roy started things off with a de Kockian show of timing and confidence - he set the tone, as de Kock had for South Africa. Thereafter, Root was in control, as ever, well supported in a crucial partnership by Buttler.

South Africa's batters, though, were no less brilliant. de Kock and Amla's opening stand of 96 came in 7.1 overs of controlled mayhem, before Duminy's 54. Both sides' attacks struggled, albeit on a pitch tailor made for hard hitting

19.4
1
Abbott to Ali, 1 run, plonked over the top to long-off - England win!

1 from 3. Ali's ready

This is madness. Brilliant. Exhilarating. And completely ridiculous

19.3
0
Abbott to Ali, no run, driven to short extra cover - no run!

Honestly. What is going on? 1 from 6. 1 from 5. Now, it's 1 needed from 4, with two wickets in the hutch.

19.2
W
Abbott to Ali, OUT, oh what's happened here. It's the 1999 World Cup! Driven to mid-off, they go for a run, hesitate, go again, hesitate again...the ball is thrown into de Villiers who knocks off the bails and Willey is short!

DJ Willey run out (Miller/de Villiers) 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6)

It's still on, South Africa! Believe!

19.1
W
Abbott to Jordan, OUT, what a catch! Jordan went for one of his tennis-pulls, smashing it to Duminy on the boundary at deep midwicket who jogged backwards, taking the catch while falling backwards

CJ Jordan c Duminy b Abbott 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

1 from 6. Where's your money?

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 229/6 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 12.05, RRR: 1.00)

  • Chris Jordan5 (2b)
  • Moeen Ali7 (7b)
  • Kagiso Rabada4-0-50-2
  • Chris Morris3-0-39-0
18.6
1
Rabada to Jordan, 1 run, short and club-pulled for a single

Well, that makes up a little for his bowling figures. No fast bowler has had any fun tonight

18.5
4
Rabada to Jordan, FOUR runs, full toss - smacked through extra cover for four!

Jordan in now. He had a total Barry Crocker with the ball.

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  • How did South Africa lose?

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  • Poor fielding, extraordinary batting

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  • Cold-blooded Root simmers in Mumbai heat

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  • SA buoyed by de Villiers' Wankhede affair

    South Africa's T20I captain Faf du Plessis believes his team is in a good space heading into the World T20, thanks mainly to the form of AB de Villiers, and the familiarity of the conditions at the Wankhede Stadium

Most runs between dismissals

216

The previous record for most runs between dismissals in T20Is, by Guptill; Amla has gone past that mark (had scores of 69* and 97* before this)

Stunning opening

13.39

Run rate during the 1st-wkt stand between Amla and de Kock, the 6th-best for a 50+ 1st-wicket stand in T20Is

Fifty in no time

2

Matches in a row, in which an SA batsman has got to 50 off 21 balls v Eng. de Villiers in the previous match, de Kock here

SA's Powerplay

83

Runs in the first six overs for SA; the last time these two teams met, SA scored 88 without loss in the Powerplays

Frenetic 50

23

Balls taken by SA to get to 50, the fastest for SA in T20Is

High-scoring ground

182

Average total for teams batting first at the Wankhede in the last two IPL seasons; also Eng's score v WI a couple of days ago

De Kock's due

0

Number of 50+ scores for Quinton de Kock in 25 T20I innings before this game. His highest is 48*

South Africa on top

7-3

SA's win-loss record in T20Is versus England. They've won more matches only against NZ