Jason Roy injured as England sealed T20 World Cup semi-final despite defeat in South Africa | Cricket News


England’s Jos Buttler (left) watches as opening partner Jason Roy is helped off the pitch after pausing during the T20 World Cup match against South Africa

England clinched the T20 World Cup semi-final, but lost both the unbeaten record and first player Jason Roy, who limped out from injury during a 10-point defeat to South Africa in Sharjah.

Roy stopped with a calf strain as he answered Jos Buttler’s call for a single and was visibly thrilled that he had to be helped from the field, making him a serious doubt for the rest of the tournament.

Eoin Morgan’s men also suffered their first World Cup defeat, with South African Kagiso Rabada scoring a hat-trick in the final while his side successfully defended a total of 189-2.

England only managed to respond 179-8, although they still finished first in Group 1 in run-rate, while the result was not enough to bring the Proteas to the semi-finals alongside them.

England will now face runners-up in Group 2 – likely New Zealand, Afghanistan or India – in Wednesday’s first semi-final, while Australia, who beat the West Indies earlier in the day, will be present in the second semifinal on Thursday.

After being entered by Morgan, South Africa suffered a setback when Reeza Hendricks fell victim to the low rebound and was hit by the impressive Moeen Ali for two.

Moeen, who knocked all four of his overs in attack, was the bowlers’ choice (1-27) but, after recording a decent 40 in powerplay, Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen (94 not out of 60 ) then began to accelerate.

Rassie van der Dussen scored his highest T20I score of 94 not out to help South Africa after 189-2 in Sharjah

Chris Jordan may have removed Van der Dussen with a continuing ball and hit him on the back pad, but the England review returned to the referee’s call – and the hitter made the most of his escape, employing the shots of ramp and paddle to increase the time.

The pair came in 71 out of 52 balls before Adil Rashid attempted De Kock (34 out of 27) to take him into Roy’s safe hands for a long time, but this paved the way for Aiden Markram (52no out of 25) to take the baton with style.

He and Van der Dussen took advantage of the short leg border, with Chris Woakes disappearing over the fence three times in a single over and Jordan dunking mid-court for another high that took Markram to his 24-ball half century. .

Van der Dussen finished the job with six other greats as the duo flayed 72 from their last five overs, giving England the task of a Sharjah chase record to maintain their 100 percent record.

Roy collapses in pain after pulling himself up while battling South Africa

Roy collapses in pain after pulling himself up while battling South Africa

However, Roy and Buttler tried to reach the goal in a bellicose mood, with the latter hitting Rabada for subsequent borders as England ran to 38 without losses at the start of the fifth over.

But then it was time that forced a tearful Roy out of the game and Moeen replaced him in the crease, helping Buttler (26 out of 15) bring the 50s before the right hander slammed Anrich Nortje into the hands of midfield. .

Tabraiz Shamsi (2-24) then applied the pressure, knocking down two tight overs and trapping Jonny Bairstow’s leg first with a ball that passed leaving England effectively three for 59 down.

Dawid Malan (33 from 26) and Moeen stabilized the ship as they built a stand of 51, with Moeen (37 from 27) beating Tabraiz Shamsi for the six who confirmed England as a group winner before launching a long on the next ball.

Even though the qualification was slipping away, South Africa still seemed to be favorites for the match, with 65 still in demand in the last five overs – only for Liam Livingstone (28 of 17) who scored Rabada for three consecutive sixes.

But Livingstone fell on Dwaine Pretorius (2-30) in the penultimate over and, with Woakes, Morgan and Jordan all caught off Rabada (3-48), England came short.


Moeen he once again emphasized his prowess with both bat and ball – in addition to capturing an early wicket, the outfield never allowed South Africa to gain any traction during powerplay overs.

When England responded, Roy’s injury was soon followed by two quick wickets and Moeen’s constant innings were just what they needed to regain the initiative, although he probably should have registered 50.

Livingstone He also offered a reminder of his destructive ability with the mace, beating Rabada for three sixes in a row during a lively cameo that looked like it could push England over the edge.

For South Africa, which has always had to face a tough fight to reach the semifinals, Van der Dussen will have provided some cheer: his innovative and fearless strokeplay brought him the best career T20I score of 94 not out.

Rabada must also be mentioned – having made 45 runs in his first three overs, returning with a hat-trick to death shows real strength of character.


The equation for New Zeland it’s simple on Sunday – beat Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi and are in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup, but they lose and are out.

Victory for the Black Caps would take them to eight points in five games, ensure they move from Group 2 alongside Pakistan and eliminate both Afghanistan and India. However, a defeat by New Zealand would see Afghanistan jump to second place in terms of net run rate.

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If that happens, Afghanistan’s attention will shift to Monday’s match between India and Namibia, as Virat Kohli’s team – who looked almost out of the tournament after their crushing defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two games – will still be able to climb back to second place if they beat Namibia by a large enough margin to improve Afghanistan’s net operating rate.

The second match on Sunday sees already qualified Pakistan take the bottom side Scotland in Sharjah. If New Zealand win against Afghanistan early in the day, Pakistan will have to win to secure first place in the group. Scotland, meanwhile, are trying to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat.

The T20 World Cup continues live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30 on Sunday. Watch New Zealand vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi, followed by Pakistan vs Scotland in Sharjah.


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