Rabada Hattrick Ends England’s Unbeaten Run

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Rabada Hattrick Ends England’s Unbeaten RunDejection despite victory

In a nutshell

Kagiso Rabada's final-over hattrick ended England's unbeaten run at the T20 WC but that wasn't enough for South Africa as Australia qualified to the semifinal ahead of them on the basis of superior Net Run Rate. South Africa's batsmen held up their end of the bargain with a big total of 189/2, but the bowlers couldn't keep England down to the required 131 or lesser in Sharjah. England went past that score in the 16th over but Rabada ensured South Africa's campaign ended with a consolatory win.

The hattrick

England's chase equation went from 25 off 12 to 14 off 6, with Kagiso Rabada to bowl. Rabada, who'd conceded three sixes in the first three balls of his previous over, began with a hattrick – dismissing Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan – all caught off slower balls. It knocked the wind out of England's chase as they eventually fell 10 runs short.

What happened to Jason Roy?

He and Jos Buttler were starting to lay into the South African bowlers in the PowerPlay when, at the start of the fifth over, Roy felt something on his left leg and went to ground. He was visibly in a lot of pain and had to hobble off. He played no further part in the England innings, and based on his immediate reaction of being in tears, it could well be a World Cup-ending injury. Confirmation is still awaited.

Nortje, Shamsi give SA hope…

Jos Buttler was intent on not letting Roy's loss affect England's start, but he perished in the final over of the PowerPlay, hitting a Nortje delivery to Temba Bavuma at mid off. Tabraiz Shamsi had Jonny Bairstow trapped leg before in the following over for just 1 run.

The Moeen-Malan stand and the Livingstone pyrotechnics

South Africa's ideas of making further inroads collapsed at the feet of England's third-wicket stand between Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan. They got going slowly after the PowerPlay before Malan peeled off two fours in Rabada's over in the 10th. Moeen took a liking for Aiden Markram's offspin, taking him for 15 runs in 12th over that included a gorgeous six over extra cover.

By the time Shamsi returned to end Moeen's enterprising innings – 37 off 27 – England were already past the 100-run mark and well on course to go past 131. Liam Livingstone made it happen in Rabada's third over by carting him for three successive sixes. Rabada got his lengths wrong and Livingstone took full advantage, to push South Africa on the backfoot.

South Africa stood knocked out at that point, but Rabada came back to do enough in the final over to secure the victory at the end.

The first half…

The resolve ft. Quinton and Rassie [Partnership: 71 runs off 52 balls]

South Africa's second-wicket pair added the highest partnership against England in this tournament – only the second 50-plus effort by an opposition. It was later bettered by Rassie and Markram's stand.

Reeza Hendricks departed early to put the batsmen under pressure, but Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen navigated the side smartly out of early trouble. The events of the toss meant the onus was on the batsmen to score really big to even stand a chance of usurping Australia on NRR, but the two batsmen were cautious to rebuild. It was only in the final over of the PowerPlay that van der Dussen gave Chris Woakes the charge to eke out a four and six.

De Kock took a risk or two at times, like reverse sweeping Moeen Ali, but the sticky conditions in Sharjah didn't allow for much of a batting flourish early on. The pair dragged the team to 73/1 in 10 overs.

The blitz ft. Rassie & Markram [Partnership: 102 off 52]

That partnership put down the perfect platform for this pair to tee off towards the end. Van der Dussen made his intentions clear by shuffling across and scooping a Mark Wood delivery bowled at around 90 mph for a six behind fine leg. He got to a 37-ball 50 as South Africa began to push for the next gear.

The death overs frenzy began with Chris Woakes's over in the 15th where Van der Dussen and Markram collected three sixes. Markram, who was on 15 (10) after 15 overs began to chance his arms frequently too, eventually ending with an undefeated 52 off 25. Van der Dussen smashed five fours and six sixes to walk off with 94* off 60 balls. Both of those scores were achieved via some death-overs plundering as England conceded 21, 11, 10, 13 and 16 in the last five overs – allowing South Africa to dream.

Brief Scores: South Africa 189/2 in 20 overs (Rassie Van der Dussen 94*, Aiden Markram 52*; Moeen Ali 1-27) beat England 179/8 in 20 overs (Moeen Ali 37, Liam Livingstone 28; Kagiso Rabada 3-48) by 10 runs

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