ICC World T20 2016: Five turning points of England’s epic chase against South Africa
England chased down a massive target of 230 in their second group match against South Africa at Wankhede, Mumbai yesterday night. It was one of the best matches in the ICC World T20 2016 tournament so far. South Africa played excellent cricket to score such a huge total but England came with all guns blazing and put consistent pressure on the South African bowlers in the first six over’s. England won the match by 2 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
Quinton De Kock and Amla giving South Africa flying start
England won the toss and elected to field. The South African openers De Kock and Amla gave the team a flying start. In the first over Willey gave away only 2 runs. After that, De Kock and Amla smashed the England bowlers to all parts of the ground. De Kock and Amla took the attack to the England bowlers. In the next 4 over’s the England bowlers conceded 70 runs. At the end of first six over’s South Africa were 83 for 0. Amla and De Kock made the batting look easy on good strip to bat.
Duminy quick fire 53
Duminy came to the crease at the fall of Amla wicket in the 12th over. He looked busy right from the first ball taking singles and hitting the bad balls away for boundaries. Duminy timed the ball and looked in total control. In the last four over’s Duminy and Miller smashed the England bowlers to all parts. In the last over of the innings, JP Duminy hit a six to complete his fifty off 26 balls. Duminy and Miller partnership for South Africa helped them to post a massive total of 229 for 4 in the 20 overs.
Jason Roy counter-attacking knock of 43
Chasing a massive target of 230 to win, England opener Jason Roy attacked the South African bowlers. In the very first over Roy smacked Rabada for 4 boundaries which set the foundation for the England team. In the second over to Roy took Steyn for a four and six. Hales was dismissed but Roy continued to attack the South African bowlers. Roy smashed 2 more sixes of Abbott in successive over’s. Before being dismissed he scored 43 runs off 16 balls to give England a perfect platform.
Joe Root calmness in the middle
Root came to the crease when England was 79 for 2 in the 5th over. England lost wickets in the middle as they were 109 for 4 in the 10th over. Root then took the charge and played an excellent knock. Root took the South Africans bowlers on and played wonderful strokes. He completed his half-century off 29 balls. He then looked in total control hitting the ball a long way. Before being dismissed he scored 83 off 44 with 6 fours and 4 sixes in the 19th over. His innings helped England chase such a massive target.
Bowlers having a poor day
On a good batting pitch, bowlers from each side suffered a lot. The pace bowlers conceded a lot of runs which led to such carnage. The spinners of both teams went for lesser runs. The best bowler of the day was Imran Tahir with figures of 1 for 28 in 4 overs. Apart from that, all bowlers went for over 10 runs per over. Moeen Ali was the most successful bowler from England side taking 2 wickets for 34 in his four over’s. It was a day for the batsmen which played excellent shots.
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