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England's unbeaten run comes to an end
South Africa end on a high!
They go home with the knowledge that they've ended England's unbeaten run at the World Cup. What a great final game for Temba Bavuma's side, even if they weren't able to qualify for semis. England still finish top of the table.
HATTRICK FOR RABADA
What a night he's had. He's conceded three successive sixes in his third over, and picked a hattrick in his fourth. But this is the more important one here. This means England's chase is nearly over.
England need 14 off 6 balls
Kagiso Rabada has had a terrible day with the ball but has to defend 14 here.
South Africa KNOCKED OUT!
England go past the 130-run mark to end South Africa's campaign here. Can SA finish with a win though?
There's the breakthrough!
Moeen gave Shamsi the charge and smashed a big six, but his follow up attempt to replicate that didn't come off. He holed out to David Miller at long on.
Moeen-Malan driving SA to the brink of elimination
The duo has added 50 for the third wicket. They've navigated past the trouble after Roy's injury and two quick wickets.
Bairstow reviews an lbw decision off Shamsi, but the decision stayed on umpire's call. Shamsi got one to skid on quickly to beat Bairstow's bat and strike him on the front pad in line. Trouble for England?
Buttler is gone!
That's where Jos's heroics end – in the sixth over. He was looking to play Nortje over mid off but couldn't get the elevation. Hit it straight to Bavuma. England are 58/1 in the sixth over, and effectively two down with Roy out injured.
Roy retires hurt!
Oh that looked painful. Jason Roy pulled up and seems to have walked off in tears. He's still in tears on the sidelines. Not a great sight. It could be an issue with the left hamstring. From Roy's reactions, it looked like a World Cup ender for him. Moeen Ali walks out at No. 3.
England have started well in chase
Look away SA fans, this is not going good at the moment. After a slow first over, England openers have eviserated Nortje, Maharaj and Rabada for 10, 10 and 15 in the next three overs.
South Africa – 189/2 in 20 overs
Exceptional from Rassie van Der Dussen and Aiden Markram, who have added 103 off just 52 balls! South Africa have given their bowlers at least something to deal with. South Africa need to restrict/bowl out England for 131 to qualify ahead of Australia!
Rassie vs Chris Woakes in the 16th over – Three sixes!
South Africa are picking up pace perfectly here. They are not going out with a fight. Rassie van der Dussen has smashed five sixes in his unbeaten 76 so far and is looking set for a three digit finish. SA would love nothing less.
Rassie keeps SA going
He's got a 37-ball fifty and starting to accelerate here. If he can bat through till the end, South Africa are likely to finish with a sizeable total.
Adil Rashid breaks the stand
Quinton de Kock knows what he's done here! He has his bat over his head and watches in horror as Jason Roy pouched a sharp catch at long on. That brings the end of an innings-reviving stand worth 71 runs. Do SA have another fight left in them here?
South Africa – 73/1 in 10 overs
Given how much Sharjah has made life tough for batters, this would count as a positive start. But with an NRR battle hanging over their heads, they need to do far, far better in the second half.
Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen have slowly but surely build SA up after that early dismissal, but they need a lot more if they are to win the NRR battle with Australia.
Moeen strikes early
Reeza Hendricks is gone. The dot balls were piling on him and he looked to break away, but Moeen bowled slower and beat him in the air. The stumps are rattled and SA are one down.
TOSS: England opt to bowl;Mark Wood in for Tymal Mills – who has been ruled out of the tournament with injury
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Srinath @srinathb Tricky predicament for SA. They need to win big but this Sharjah pitch has not allowed for expansive batting. Going big early could easily risk a batting collapse. Going to be mighty interesting. #T20WorldCup21 01:45 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Updated equations for South Africa…
Australia have smashed West Indies' target in just the 17th over which means South Africa's task just got tougher. So here's a hypothetical scenario to explain what SA need.
– If they bat first and score 150, they need to restrict England to 88 to take their NRR past Australia's.
– If they bowl first and concede 150, they'll need to chase it down in 12.4 overs
Prelude – Can SA sneak through?
What do South Africa need to secure a SF spot? It's hard to tell at the moment. If West Indies beat Australia, they just need a win. But if Australia win, then NRR will swoop into the picture. Before the start of this Australia-West Indies fixture, Australia's NRR was +1.031 and South Africa's is +0.742. Australia's NRR though, will change based on when they chase this down, provided they do:
If they win in 18 overs, their NRR will be: +1.013
If they win in 19 overs, their NRR will be: +0.917
If they win in 20 overs, their NRR will be: +0.824
Australia are currently crusing in chase which means South Africa will have to pull off a big victory to usurp their NRR eventually. And have to do it against the form side of the tournament – England. Too much to ask? Possibly, but that's how the cookie has to crumble tonight.
South Africa made an underwhelming start to the tournament with defeat to Australia, but have then raked in three wins on the bounce, against holders West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But England will be unarguably be their toughest challenge of the tournament. But with the carrot of SF qualifications hanging ahead of them, South Africa might just pull off something special. Who knows?