T20 World Cup: England lose to South Africa as semi-final hopes take a hit

England end on 156-6 chasing 164 against South Africa as Harry Brook’s innings-reviving half-century comes in vain; England can still reach semi-finals and play last Super 8s match against USA in Barbados on Sunday; South Africa closing in on last four after second straight win

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Highlights of South Africa’s seven-run win over England in the Super 8s at the T20 World Cup

England’s hopes of reaching the T20 World Cup semi-finals took a hit as they slipped to a seven-run defeat to South Africa in St Lucia.

Jos Buttler’s side – who began their Super 8s campaign with a thumping win over West Indies on the same ground – made only 156-6 chasing 164 for victory on a slow surface.

Harry Brook (53 off 37) and Liam Livingstone (33 off 17) revived a stuttering England from 61-4 in the 11th over with a swashbuckling stand of 78 from 42 balls, cutting the ask to 25 from 18 deliveries.

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Score summary – England vs South Africa

South Africa 163-6 in 20 overs: Quinton de Kock (65 off 38 balls), David Miller (43 off 28); Jofra Archer (3-40), Adil Rashid (1-20), Moeen Ali (1-25)

England 165-6 in 20 overs: Harry Brook (53 off 37), Liam Livingstone (33 off 17); Keshav Maharaj (2-25), Kagiso Rabada (2-32)

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England and South Africa put on a show in the field during their Super 8s clash in St Lucia

However, both players then holed out – Brook to a stunning running catch from Aiden Markram off the first ball of the final over – as Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje closed out victory for South Africa and put the Proteas on the brink of the last four with Markram’s men now two from two in the Super 8s.

Victory over USA in Barbados on Sunday could be good enough for England to reach the semi-finals but their progression may yet depend on net run-rate, the metric by which they edged Scotland to qualify for the Super 8s in the first place.

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Jos Buttler excelled in the field for England with a superb one-handed catch and then a run out

Earlier, Buttler took a superb one-handed catch leaping to his left to dismiss Quinton de Kock (65 off 38) before running out Heinrich Klaasen (8) with a pinpoint direct hit at the non-striker’s end.

De Kock had powered the Proteas to 63-0 in the powerplay, with his entertaining innings including three boundaries in a row off Jofra Archer, but England then put the squeeze on, and fielded impeccably, to limit South Africa to 163-6.

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Quinton de Kock struck Jofra Archer for 16 runs in three balls after crunching two sixes and a four

Buttler (17 off 20) was one of a number of England batters to get in and get out, with Phil Salt (11 off 8) another – Salt failing to back up his 87 from 47 balls versus West Indies after falling to a fantastic sprawling catch from Reeza Hendricks at cover.

Dashing De Kock plays innings of the game

De Kock and David Miller – the latter who clubbed 43 from 28 balls before he was one of two players dismissed in Archer’s eight-run 20th over – were the only South Africa batters to find any fluency.

De Kock’s opening partner Hendricks (25 off 19) endured a torturous innings before he slashed Moeen Ali (1-25) to mid-on to be first out in the 10th over with the team score on 86.

England thought they had removed De Kock for 58 an over earlier when he swept the impressive Adil Rashid (1-20) to Mark Wood at deep backward square but the third umpire adjudged that the ball hit the turf.

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De Kock was reprieved on 58 with Mark Wood’s catch deemed not clean at deep backward square

De Kock added seven more runs before he attempted to carve away a short slower delivery from Archer – the bowler he had tonked for two sixes and a four in the fourth over – and was caught by Buttler.

Two overs later, Buttler shot down the stumps at the bowler’s end after a mix-up between Klaasen and Miller, while South Africa were 113-4 in the 15th when Rashid forced Markram (1) to chop on.

Miller provided the Proteas with late impetus but, like De Kock and Klaasen, he fell victim to some fantastic England fielding, with Brook catching Miller on the run at long-off in the 20th over, one ball before Sam Curran pulled off a superb grab over his shoulder at cover to dismiss Jansen (0).

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Harry Brook and Sam Curran pulled off diving catches in the final over as England limited South Africa to 163-6

Brook, Livingstone stand not enough for England

The catching masterclass continued when England came out to bat as Hendricks pouched Salt off the bowling off Rabada.

Klaasen failed to make the highlights reel after spilling Bairstow (20) on nine at deep third, but the same batter then chopped Keshav Maharaj (2-25) to backward point.

Buttler heaved Maharaj to Klaasen on the deep midwicket fence and when Moeen (9 off 10) holed out off Ottneil Baartman, England had lost 3-18 and were tottering.

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Reeza Hendricks removed Phil Salt with stunning diving catch at cover early in the run chase

Baartman, however, completely lost his radar later on, bowling four full tosses in the 17th over as Brook and Livingstone carted 21 runs – that over following an 18-run set from Rabada and Nortje conceding 13 as England plundered 52 runs in three overs.

But Rabada, Jansen and Nortje came up clutch, with Livingstone pulling Rabada to deep backward square in the four-run 18th over, Jansen shipping only seven from the 19th, and Brook then caught brilliantly by Markram at long-off at the start of the six-run 20th.

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Buttler: De Kock the difference

England captain Jos Buttler:

“I think we lost it in the powerplay, De Kock came out with a lot of intent and he really took on the powerplay and we couldn’t match that. His innings was the difference.

“It was still a good wicket but slower than we expected, I thought we came back well with the ball and Brook and Livingstone had a fantastic partnership to take us close.”

Image: Buttler feels England lost the game in the powerplay

Markram: Win shows our bowlers’ skill and spirit

South Africa’s captain Aiden Markram:

“In those last three overs, it looked like the odds could be against us and for the bowlers to hang in there, execute their plans and get it right shows their skills and spirit.

“We probably wanted 10 or 20 runs more, if I’m being greedy, especially off the back of a good start. We knew we had to bowl well and save runs in the field but as a whole we’re getting closer to that complete game of cricket.”

What’s next?

England head to Barbados to play USA on Sunday (3.30pm UK and Ireland), while South Africa travel to Antigua to face co-hosts West Indies on Monday (1.30am).

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