result
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
England
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• The 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

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Will Luke
Scorecard summary
South Africa229/4(20 overs)
England230/8(19.4 overs)
Joe Root83 (44)
Jason Roy43 (16)
Kyle Abbott3/41(3.4)

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
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!

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

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

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 from 6b
Chris Jordan5 (2)
Moeen Ali7 (7)
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.

6 from 8

18.4
1
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?

18.3
4
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.

18.2
W
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...

18.1
Rabada to Root, no run

yorker from the young Rabada

end of over 1817 runs
ENG: 219/5CRR: 12.16 RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 from 12b
Moeen Ali2 (5)
Joe Root83 (42)
Chris Morris3-0-39-0
Kyle Abbott3-0-40-2
17.6
4lb
Morris to Ali, 4 leg byes

full and straight and Ali tries to clip it to leg but misses, the ball scudding off the pad - oh dear, oh dear, oh triple dear. Abbott at fine leg makes a total mess of it to allow four

17.5
Morris to Ali, no run

much fuller, and wider, and Ali can only push to point

Around the wicket

17.4
1
Morris to Root, 1 run

an easy flick off his pads for a single

Root punches his fist in the air - South Africa are punching nails into their own coffin here

17.3
4
Morris to Root, FOUR runs

bouncer and Root misses the pull - it was quick - and neither can the keeper! Morris despairs at his luck.

Anand: "Cant believe this is a T20 match. Scores at par with 50 overs and the pacing just perfect. Both teams have provided quality entertainment. Perfect for a Friday. Love it!!!"

Precision batting, this. His placement is something else

17.2
4
Morris to Root, FOUR runs

shot, shot! Opens the blade and slices it purposefully behind square for another four

17.1
4
Morris to Root, FOUR runs

well - guess what? Another leg-stump gift glanced for four

28 from 18, then, chaps. England's game to lose, and South Africa look a beaten team already. They must not lost heart, though - 28 from 18 isn't a cakewalk, but it is if you set your field as deep as they have

end of over 1714 runs
ENG: 202/5CRR: 11.88 RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 from 18b
Moeen Ali2 (3)
Joe Root70 (38)
Kyle Abbott3-0-40-2
Imran Tahir4-0-28-1
16.6
Abbott to Ali, no run

firmly crunched out to point

16.5
1
Abbott to Root, 1 run

reaches for this and places it for yet another single that they walk in their sleep

16.4
1
Abbott to Ali, 1 run

another easily jogged single out to cover

16.4
1w
Abbott to Ali, 1 wide

ouch, another wide

Best performances - batters
Joe Root portrait
JE Root
83 runs (44)
6 fours
4 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
1 four
1 six
714512511425
Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla
58 runs (31)
7 fours
3 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
cover drive
17 runs
4 fours
0 six
5645163415
Best performances - bowlers
Kyle Abbott head shot
KJ Abbott
O
3.4
M
0
R
41
W
3
ECO
11.18
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Moeen Ali player portrait
MM Ali
O
4
M
0
R
34
W
2
ECO
8.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesWorld T20
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Joe Root
Joe Root
Match numberT20I no. 540
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40
Match days18 March 2016 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Paul Reiffel
India Image
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand Image
Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsEngland 2, South Africa 0