18th Match, Super 10 Group 1 (N), Mumbai, Mar 18 2016, World T20
(19.4/20 ov)230/8
England won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Joe Root

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."


"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

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

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.

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!

David Willey run out (Miller/de Villiers) 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

It's still on, South Africa! Believe!

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

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

1 from 6. Where's your money?

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 229/6CRR: 12.05 RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 run from 6b
Chris Jordan5 (2)
Moeen Ali7 (7)
Kagiso Rabada4-0-50-2
Chris Morris3-0-39-0
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

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.

6 from 8

Rabada to Ali, 1 run

short, skied - but short of the man in the deep!

Neil: "20 wides, very costly." Just a bit.

And with that, do England have the match?

Rabada to Ali, FOUR runs

four! How did he squeeze that through? The field was up, and Ali swung it through midwicket but Duminy was too square to come round and prevent four

Root, undoubtedly England's captain in the next year or so, gives Ali a pep-talk before trudging off. Utter class. 83 from 44.

Rabada to Root, OUT

full toss and dispatched for ... a great catch! A lovely, running catch by Miller on the deep midwicket boundary. They're checking it for a no-ball: that's fine. Now checking for height and that too is fine, so Root's fabulous knock is over

Joe Root c Miller b Rabada 83 (70m 44b 6x4 4x6) SR: 188.63

11 from 11...

Rabada to Root, no run

yorker from the young Rabada