South Africa won by 3 runs
South Africa
Match played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, on 29 Mar 2014
ICC World Twenty20

As it happened: SA v England

2014-03-29 14:15
Last Updated at 19:50

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BATSMEN IN : -  Tim Bresnan 17*, Stuart Broad 1*

Michael Lumb 18, Alex Hales 38, Moeen Ali 10, Eoin Morgan 14, Jos Buttler 34, Chris Jordan 16, Ravi Bopara 31

19:49 - Great win by South Africa. It's still uncertain who their opponents in the semi-finals will be, but be sure to join us for that game (either next week Thursday or Friday).

It was good to see AB de Villiers hit form when it really mattered, while Imran Tahir (2 for 27 and Wayne Parnell (3 for 31) proved their worth out there tonight.

Parnell, in particular, struck at the right time when England looked dangerous and proved why he should always be picked ahead of Lonwabo Tsotsobe. He can also add a contribution with the bat and is a better fielder.

No-one gave the Proteas a chance in this event and they're still alive! Perhaps it was a good thing as so often in the past they've struggled to handle the burden of being favourites...

19:48 - QUOTES

"Yes we've lost by three, it's a fantastic game, credit to the players for that, we're heartbroken to come out on the wrong end but AB has taken the game away for us. It didn't go to plan in the last three overs but apart from that it was a good game for us. We've had some guys get going this innings but no outstanding score which you need chasing such a big total,” said England captain Stuart Broad.

"It was a great game. The boys did extremely well. It's very tough conditions to field in. I knew from the start we had to be unpredictable and mix things up. But once again the execution of the bowlers was amazing. I've lost a few as captain in T20s and it was important for me to get the guys through and get Faf back pumped for the semi-finals,” said SA skipper Stuart Broad.

19:45 - PICTURE

AB de Villiers was named man-of-the-match for a sublime 69 not out off 28 balls. (AFP)

19:34 - RESULT : South Africa win by 3 runs!

South Africa qualify for the semi finals!

The winner of New Zealand v Sri Lanka on Monday will determine who joins them from this group.

19:33 - PICTURE

Imran Tahir (2 for 27 in four overs) was again vital to South Africa's cause... (AFP)

19:33 - OVERS 20: England 193/7.

19:32 - SIX. Bresnan goes big over mid-off but it's too little too late and the Proteas win!

Not the best final over from Steyn, but he nevertheless made sure his team bagged the victory!

19:31 - FOUR. A bottom edge sees the ball go for four.

10 needed off 1 ball.

19:31 - Bresnan pulls it for SIX.

14 needed off 2 balls.

19:30 - Broad can only get a single to long-on...

20 needed off 3 balls.
Unless Steyn bowls a no ball the game is over!

19:28 - Bresnan edges it down to third man for just a single!

21 needed off 4 balls.

19:27 - Broad is next in, but Bresnan is on strike as the batsmen had crossed.

19:26 - WICKET! Bopara (31) is caught in the deep by Miller off Steyn! That should be game over...

England 175/7 after 19.1 overs.

19:25 - OVERS 19: England 175/6.

22 needed off the final 6 balls with Dale Steyn to bowl.

19:24 - Hendricks follows it up with a wide.. sigh...

Then a single off the final ball...

19:24 - SIX! Bopara goes over mid-off to keep England's hopes alive.

19:23 - Tim Bresnan is next in.

19:22 - WICKET! Jordan is out for 16, caught by a running De Villiers at mid-off. The skipper ran backwards at a rate of knots there... Great catch!

England  167/6 after 18.3 overs.

19:21 - He starts with a good yorker but then goes for four next ball... Immense pressure on the rookie bowler...

19:20 - England not entirely out of it and Hendricks will bowl the penultimate over!

19:20 - OVERS 18: England 163/5.

34 needed off 12 balls.

19:19 - But Bopara finishes the over with back-to-back fours...

19:17 - Only two off the first three Parnell deliveries... Good stuff!

19:16 - TWEET

Lots of areas where SA have had the upper hand but their fielding has been in a different league to England's. 45 needed from 3 overs - Dean Wilson

19:14 - OVERS 17: England 152/5.

45 needed off 18 balls.

19:13 - 150 up for England, coming off 101 balls.

19:12 - FOUR! Bopara goes over point to put pressure on Steyn...

19:11 - Three singles off the first three Steyn deliveries...

19:10 - Steyn back into the attack. 

19:09 - OVERS 16: England 142/5.

55 needed off 24 balls.

19:08 - Bopara keeping England alive as he pulls Parnell for four...

19:04 - Parnell back on in place of Hendricks.

19:02 - OVERS 15: England 133/5.

The need 64 runs to win off 30 balls.

South Africa's game to lose!

19:02 - PICTURE

Not for the squeamish...Albie Morkel dislocated his finger taking that catch. #EngvSA #WT20 - Freddie Wilde

19:01 - Ouch! Morkel has dislocated his finger taking the catch. He's getting it popped back in...

Chris Jordan is the next batsman in.

19:00 - WICKET! Butler (34) reverse-sweeps Tahir but is caught at point by Albie Morkel.

England 131/5 after 14.3 overs.

18:57 - OVERS 14: England 128/4.

17 off that last Hendricks over. He has one more left, but skipper De Villiers should opt for Duminy to maybe fill that over... 38 conceded in 3 is not good enough!

18:54 - Next ball, Buttler goes over mid-on for four...

18:53 - Hendricks now back on and immediately gets smacked for four over mid-off. He is SA's weak link tonight...

18:53 - OVERS 13: England 111/4.

18:50 - Umpire Steve Davis has just warned Tahir for running on to the pitch in his follow-through... That's his second warning. One more, and he won't be allowed to bowl.

18:50 - Ravi Bopara is the next batsman in. Last chance saloon for the Poms?

18:48 - WICKET! Tahir gets Morgan for 14, caught behind by De Kock. A straight one which skid through off the pitch...

England 105/4 after 12.1 overs.

18:47 - OVERS 12: England 105/3.

Only six off the last Steyn over.

18:45 - Another delay with more sawdust brought on at the bowler's pitch-marks.

Maybe with all the dew around they should only have played day games during this tournament?

18:43 - Morgan nearly drags it on to his stumps. Lucky to survive! Steyn can't believe it missed the stumps.

18:43 - 100 up for England, coming off 67 balls.

18:42 - Steyn Remover back on for SA.

18:42 - OVERS 11: England 99/3.

Good last over by Tahir. Only seven conceded....

18:39 - Tahir now back into the attack.

18:38 - QUOTE

"It makes it fair for both sides. The right way to go," says English commentator Nasser Hussain.

18:37 - The field is now being swept to get rid of some of the dew. England had this done when play was halted by a floodlight failure, so only fair that the Proteas also get it done...

18:36 - OVERS 10: England 92/3.

They need 105 runs to win off 60 balls.

18:33 - Morkel now back on. SA clearly holding Steyn back. Only three overs by him so far...

18:32 - OVERS 9: England 84/3.

18:30 - Umpires now changing the ball, which is soaked by the wet outfield.It was also changed twice when England were bowling.

18:27 - JP Duminy is back on now in place of Tahir.

18:26 - OVERS 8: England 75/3.

Parnell has turned the game into SA's favour!

18:26 - PICTURE

Wayne Parnell strikes... (AFP)

18:24 - Parnell is on a hat-trick but doesn't get it...

18:23 - WICKET! Ali (10) gets an inside edge and is caught behind by De Kock. Great diving catch to his right by the SA 'keeper!

England 73/3 after 7.3 overs.

18:21 - WICKET! Danger-man Hales is out for 38, caught in the deep by Miller off the bowling of Parnell. England 73/2 after 7.2 overs.

18:19 - Parnell now back on as reserve umpire Aleem Dar calls for Faf du Plessis to go back to the SA dug-out. he and bowling coach Allan Donal were standing on the boundary rope, but because Du Plessis is suspended for this game, he is apparently not allowed there...

18:18 - OVERS 7: England 71/1.

Nine off the first Tahir over. England on course to reach their target...

18:15 - Leg-spinner Imran Tahir now on. His spell will again be key. It will, however, be tough for him to grip the wet ball...

18:15 - OVERS 6: England 62/1.

18:13 - Hales taking Hendricks to the cleaners here. He goes: FOUR, FOUR AND SIX!

18:13 - 50 up for England, coming off 34 balls.

18:12 - TWEET

Eoin Morgan should be batting with Alex Hales now. Your two best batsmen should be batting together for as long as possible! #RulesOfT20 - Alternative Cricket

18:10 - Hendricks now back into the attack.

18:10 - OVERS 5: England 47/1.

18:09 - Moeen Ali is the next batsman in.

18:08 - WICKET! Lumb is out for 18, a blinding catch in the covers by David Miller off a Parnell full toss.

A brilliant dive to his left there by Miller...

England 46/1 after 4.4 overs.

18:07 - PICTURE

Alex Hales is lucky to still be out there batting... (AFP)

18:05 - Wayne Parnell now into the attack. He also starts with a wide.

18:05 - OVERS 4: England 40/0.

18:04 - Lumb finishes the Steyn over with a SIX over extra cover.

18:03 - Steyn almost runs out Hales but he misses the stumps. Hales dives and knocks over the stumps...

Replays show he would have been short.

18:00 - Slight delay as sawdust is brought on to cover the bowler's follow-through...

17:59 - Dale Steyn now into the attack. He starts with a wide.

17:58 - OVERS 3: England 30/0.

17:56 - Why, oh, why is there no referral system for no-balls in T20 cricket? South Africa robbed of a key wicket which could determine the outcome of the match!

17:56 - Lumb off the mark with a pull shot for SIX!

17:54 - TWEET

Morkel is beroof! Skokkende beslissing! Dit was geen foutbal nie en die paaltjie wat die Proteas benodig het! - Hendrik Cronjé

17:54 - Beuran Hendricks is the new bowler on.

17:54 - OVERS 2: SA 22/0.

17:52 - The free hit goes for four, but a rubbish call from the Australian umpire.

17:51 - Oh dear, hales is caught at cover point, but the umpire calls NO-BALL!

Poor call from the umpire (Rod Tucker) as replays show it was not a no ball. Now it's a FREE HIT!

17:49 - Albie Morkel to bowl the second over. England will target him for sure...

17:48 - OVERS 1: England 9/0.

Hales starting where he left off against Sri Lanka the other evening...

17:47 - Hales starts with a boundary off Duminy's fourth ball... An acrobatic dive from De Villiers is in vain to stop it at the end...

17:46 - Alex Hales and Michael Lumb are at the crease for England.

17:45 - Welcome back. JP Duminy will open the bowling for SA.

17:41 - TWEET

AB - Best batter in the world in all forms!!! - Mark Boucher

17:35 - PICTURE

AB de Villiers punishes England... (AFP)

17:33 - OVERS 20: SA 196/5 - the highest score by any team in this tournament.

A remarkable innings by AB de Villiers (69 not out off 28 balls) has surely put South Africa on top!

De Villiers showed exactly why he should be batting up the order in T20 cricket!

17:33 - WICKET! Morkel is bowled by Bresnan off the final ball.

17:32 - A single from De Villiers sees Morkel face the final ball.

17:31 - DROP CATCH! Ali drops De Villiers on the boundary, and to put insult to injury, it goes for four!

17:30 - SIX! De Villiers gives himself room and sweeps a Bresnan full toss for maximum.

17:29 - Morkel starts with two, then gets a single to give De Villiers four balls to smack it around...

17:28 - Bresnan to bowl the final over.

17:28 - OVERS 19: SA 182/4.

17:27 - He finishes the over by smacking Jordan through the off-side for four. A bullet to the boundary!

17:26 - De Villiers improvises and reverse-sweeps Jordan for four... He is a class act.

17:25 - Albie Morkel is the new batsman in.

17:24 - WICKET! Miller is out for 19, caught by Ali at long-on off the bowling of Jordan.

SA 174/4 after 18.4 overs.

17:22 - Miller smacks a Jordan full toss for SIX to bring up the 50 PARTNERSHIP between him and De Villiers.

It came off just 26 balls!

17:21 - Wheels coming off for England, who are bowling too many wides...

17:21 - Jordan to bowl the penultimate over.

17:21 - OVERS 18: SA 167/3

17:19 - HALF-CENTURY for De Villiers, coming off only 23 balls. The fastest T20 fifty for South Africa!

And he brought it up in style by hitting a SIX off a Dernbach slower ball.

17:18 - Umpires asking for a second change of ball after Dernbach loses control of it and bowls a high full toss to De Villiers. Called no-ball...

17:17 - SIX! De Villiers flat-bats it all the way past the bowler to move into the 40s...

17:14 - DROP CATCH!

Miller edges Dernbach on the leg side, but a diving Butler puts it down. A very tough chance  though...

17:13 - Dernbach is feeling the pressure, so bowls a wide to bring up SA's 150, off 104 balls.

17:13 - Miller gets in on the act, smacks Dernbach for back-to-back boundaries.

17:11 - De Villiers, 36 not out of 19 balls, must be there at the end!

Dernbach is back into the attack as well...

17:11 - OVERS 17: SA 141/3.

A minimum of 170 should be targeted from here...

17:08 - The next ball is middled by De Villiers as he pulls Broad to the boundary. Nothing lucky about that shot!

17:07 - De Villiers skies a shot on the off side, but luckily for him it lands between two fielders... Bowler Broad looks on in despair...

17:05 - PICTURE

Hashim Amla (56 off 37 balls) played arguably his best-ever T20 innings... (Getty Images)

17:05 - OVERS 16: SA 128/3.

17:03 - DROP CATCH!

A tough chance but Bresnan drops De Villiers who hit it back at him very hard... He almost caught him off the rebound as well but the South African skipper survives.

17:02 - TWEET

5 fielders in the circle. Very good from Broad. Putting the squeeze on. #EngvSA #WT20 - Freddie Wilde

17:01 - Bresnan back into the attack now for England.

17:00 - OVERS 15: SA 121/3.

16:59 - David Miller is next in. 

Replays show Duminy lost his bat while turning for the second. Otherwise he would have been safe, but had no bat to ground... A gloved dive was not enough!

16:57 - WICKET! Duminy (5) skies one which lands safe, but is then run out! Great throw by Bopara.

A needless second run by Duminy, who lost his bat in the process of running.

SA 120/3 after 14.3 overs.

16:56 - De Villiers (20 not out off 12) looking in red-hot form...

16:56 - Jordan back on now for the Poms.

16:53 - OVERS 14: SA 116/2.

16:50 - De Villiers smacks Broad down the ground for four, but he was helped by some average fielding at mid-off by a clumsy England fielder... Tredwell was the culprit!

16:48 - OVERS 13: SA 108/2.

Despite the wicket, 11 runs came off that last Tredwell over. Two boundaries by De Villiers.

16:47 - 100 up for South Africa, coming off 76 balls.

16:47 - JP Duminy is the next batsman in.

16:45 - WICKET! De Kock is out for 29, stumped by 'keeper Butler off Tredwell. De Kock just missed a straight one there...

SA 98/2 after 12.2 overs.

16:44 - England have been allowed to use a different ball now as Tredwell comes back on. The wet outfield is wrecking havoc with the ball!

16:43 - OVERS 12: SA 97/1.

16:41 - TWEET

First they said Hashim Amla wasn't a Test player. Then they said he wasn't an ODI player. This week, they said he wasn't a T20 player! - Alternative Cricket

16:41 - It's important that De Kock plays the anchor role now and bats through the innings.

16:39 - OVERS 11: SA 90/1.

AB de Villiers is the next batsman in. Good to see him bring himself in at No 3 here!

16:38  - WICKET! Amla is out for 56, caught by Alex Hales in the deep off the bowling of Broad.

SA 90/1 after 10.5 overs.

16:36 - So far, it appears no overs will be lost due to the floodlight failure. Almost 30 minutes were lost to the the two breaks in play.

16:34 - OVERS 10: SA 85/0.

16:33 - Amla gets a top edge that goes straight up, but it falls in no-man's land! It's his night!

16:31 - Amla misses a Bopara slower ball, but so does 'keeper Butler. It goes for four...

16:29 - Ravi Bopara now into the attack for England.

16:29 - OVERS 9: SA 74/0.

16:28 - HALF-CENTURY for Amla, coming off just 30 balls. His first T20 international 50!

Amla has just proved he can play T20s...

16:25 - OVERS 8: SA 68/0.

Amla just continuing where he left off. Clsing in on a 50...

16:23 - Broad to continue the last three balls of his over.

16:23 - The players are back on. Thank goodness. Lets hope the lights can hold out for a few hours...

16:21 - Lights slowly coming on now...

16:18 - TWEETS

In 20 years when Bangladesh is under water we'll get nostalgic remembering power outages at cricket matches - Tom Eaton

Disgraceful that lights go out at a world cup , and so often !! @ICC @OfficialCSA - Riaz Shaik

16:17 - PICTURE

Floodlight failure! - (AFP)

16:15 - And the field is being swept again to get rid of some of the dew...

16:14 - This is hugely disruptive for the SA batsmen, who are doing very well!


The same pylon of floodlights has gone out again and the players are off...

SA 62/0 after 7.3 overs.

16:12 - TWEET

Broad needs to use his quality as a bowler to get a grip on things. Some pace and movement from him should be harder to get away 60-0 - Dean Wilson

16:11 - England captain Stuart Broad is now into the attack.

16:10 - OVERS 7: SA 60/0.

16:09 - Tredwell starts well before his fourth ball is cut by De Kock for FOUR...

16:07 - Off-spinner James Tredwell is now on for England.

16:06 - OVERS 6: SA 52/0.

Great use of the Power Play by the Proteas!

16:05 - 50 up for South Africa, coming off 35 balls! Their best start of the tournament.

16:03 - Amla wasting no time in punishing Jordan. FOUR in the long on region!

16:02 - Jordan was born in the West Indies (Barbados) and moved to England at the age of 16...

16:01 - Right-arm fast medium pacer Chris Jordan now on for England. One over left in the Power Play.

16:00 - OVERS 5: SA 42/0.

15:58 - Amla steps across the line and tries to play Bresnan on the leg side. He misses it and it goes to the 'keeper.

England appeal, but given NOT OUT. Looks like it came off some part of his body...

15:57 - Tim Bresnan is the new bowler on for England.

15:56 - OVERS 4: SA 35/0.

15:56 - Beautiful back-foot punch by De Kock as he gets his first boundary...

15:55 - TWEET

South Africa efficiently scoring runs in the powerplay...HOLD THE BACK PAGE - Antoinette Muller

15:52 - OVERS 3: SA 28/0.

15:52 - Next ball, Amla hits a SIX against Ali!

15:51 - Amla survives a missed stumping chance as the England 'keeper Jos Buttler drops it...

Easy chance fumbled by Butler!

15:49 - De Kock off the mark with a single against the spinner.

15:48 - OVERS 2: SA 17/0

15:47 - The lights are back on and we have a game! Dernbach to continue his over.

15:45 - The South Africans are also upset that the field is being swept to clear it of dew. This will obviously help England!

SA team manager Mohammed Moosajee is very upset with the umpires! They have a point, as SA won't be able to have the field swept after 10 balls in the England innings...

15:44 - Some of the lights on the pylon has started to switch on now!

15:43 - The umpires have now taken the players off as the problem persists...

15:40 - This delay is good for England, as Amla (15 not out off 7 balls) looked on fire for South Africa...


Oh dear, a delay as one pylon of floodlights has gone out! 

15:36 - Two balls later Amla goes the same route, although this time it bounces once before crossing the boundary.

15:34 - SIX! Amla whips Dernbach on the leg side for maximum.

Amla in a hurry here...

15:34 - Jade Dernbach to bowl the second over.

15:33 - PICTURE

Great atmosphere! -

15:33 - OVERS 1: SA 6/0.

15:31 - Amla off the mark with a FOUR!

15:30 - Ali looks like he's Amla's brother. Almost a better beard!

15:29 - England to open with off-spinner Moeen Ali.

He bowls to Amla.

15:27 - Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla to open for South Africa

15:22 - PICTURE

Teams appear on the field prior to the national anthems... (Getty Images)

15:22 - The teams appear on the park for the respective national anthems...

15:14 - De Villiers may be upset that the Proteas have to bat first, but I'm actually quite happy.

The South Africans have a tendency to struggle when chasing scores, especially in big games.

And no doubt this is a big game, effectively a quarter-final.

15:11 - England definitely the happier team at the start, having won the toss. SA skipper AB de Villiers says he "absolutely would have liked to bowl first".

It's a night game - a first for SA at this event - so the dew will also make it tough for the bowlers to grip.


Farhaan Behardien has come in for the suspended Faf du Plessis and Wayne Parnell is in for Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Great to see that Tsotsobe has finally been dropped!

The England line-up is unchanged from the one that beat Sri Lanka.

15:03 - England captain Stuart Broad has won the toss and elected to bowl first.


With Faf du Plessis out, AB de Villiers will take over the captaincy.


Proteas coach, Russell Domingo, says his team will need to "find a way" to deal with the absence of Du Plessis.

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The Proteas will be without skipper Faf du Plessis after he was banned for one game for his team maintaining a slow over-rate.

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South Africa

1 Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Alma, 3 AB de Villiers (captain), 4 JP Duminy, 5 Farhaan Behardien, 6 David Miller, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Beuran Hendricks, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Wayne Parnell


1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Stuart Broad (captain), 10 James Tredwell, 11 Jade Dernbach


Umpires - Steve Davis (Australia), Rod Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee - David Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire - Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from the ICC World Twenty20 match between South Africa and England in Chittagong.

  • Close: End of the line - Well that, I'm afraid, is that for England. They have been knocked out of the tournament and can no longer qualify from Group 1. It was a good effort from their batsmen, but although the margin was ultimately very close, they were always right behind the eight-ball in that chase with wickets just disrupting their momentum. Thanks for joining us and stay logged on to for report and reaction.

  • 20

    Bopara departs to the first ball of the over and with him go any lingering England hopes. Bresnan carves a single down to third man, but when Broad can manage only a single off the third delivery the game is up. Bresnan defiantly pulls Steyn for six off ball four and then inside edges down to fine leg for another boundary. Indeed, he plunders another six off the final ball meaning England fall only three runs short! But his efforts were in vain as South Africa claim a crucial victory.

  • Wicket: Bopara c Miller b Steyn 31 - He had to go big, but Bopara ends up skying the first ball of the final over and David Miller again shows safe hands in the deep - his third catch of the day.

  • 19

    Jordan threads a low full toss through the off-side field for a boundary off the second ball of the over, but then miscues an attempted big hit and is caught by de Villiers. Again Bopara just about keeps England hopes alive as he belts a full toss for six and a wide helps as well. But, following a single off the last ball, England will need 22 off Steyn's last over to win.

  • Wicket: Jordan c de Villiers b Hendricks 16 - Jordan's innings comes to an end as he is well caught on the run by de Villiers. The delivery from Hendricks looked to be in the slot, but he just didn't get hold of it.

  • 18

    Bopara offers some more defiance as he blasts Parnell straight back down the ground for four off the penultimate ball of the over and then smashes a full toss through the off side for back-to-back boundaries. That just about keeps them in the hunt, although they still need 34 from the final two overs.

  • 17

    Bopara carves Steyn away high over point for four. A leg bye off the next brings up England's 150 and Steyn then gifts them a wide, but Bopara's strike proves the sole boundary of the over and England need more at this stage.

  • 16

    Parnell is back with a wide, but keeps things fairly tidy after that until Jordan manages to swing one away over the on-side for a much-needed boundary. There's some pretty agricultural shots being played, but not too much in the way of clean contact!

  • 15

    An faint under-edge from Bopara takes the ball through wicketkeeper de Kock and away for three streaky runs. But the spinner gets his reward shortly afterwards as he sends dangerman Buttler back to the pavilion. Chris Jordan is the new man at the crease, but it's looking pretty bleak for England now.

  • Wicket: Buttler c Morkel b Tahir 34 - Big, big loss for England as Buttler picks out Albie Morkel at point in attempting to switch-hit Tahir over point. It was painful wicket for South Africa, though, as Morkel dislocated his finger in taking the catch!

  • 14

    Just when they needed it Buttler produces a couple of boundaries as he blasts Hendricks over mid-off and then mid-on in successive balls to lift some of the growing pressure. He is completely bamboozled by a slower-ball bouncer, but responds by carting the left-armer over long-on for a maximum from the final ball. 17 runs from the over, just what they required!

  • 13

    It's now five overs since England hit a boundary and their task has become even more difficult after the departure of Morgan. Decent ball by Tahir and it's a fine over all in all as England's batsmen can deal only in singles again.

  • 12

    England need to start hitting the accelerator, but Steyn offers them nothing loose on his return. His over yields just six runs with Morgan struggling for fluency at present.

  • 10

    Decent over from Albie Morkel spoiled only really by a wide. Morgan and Buttler can't get him away to the rope, although the latter comes very close with a cover drive that is just cut off by the sweeper. That aside the England duo can only deal in singles.

  • Wicket: Morgan c de Kock b Tahir 14 - Morgan's rather stuttering knock comes to an end as he tickles one behind into the gloves of de Kock from a skiddy Tahir delivery.

  • 11

    Tahir almost sneaks a quicker one through Buttler's defences, but he just manages to get some bat on it in time and squeezes a well-run two into the vacant mid-wicket area. There's another couple for Buttler, while two singles come from the final two balls of the over.

  • 9

    After a wide first up, Morgan gives himself room and flays Duminy over extra cover for a well-placed boundary. Both batsmen help themselves to singles before Morgan gets out the reverse paddle - although he can't quite get it past the in-field, only another single.

  • 8

    Superb over from Parnell who claims the prize scalp of Hales and then Ali the very next ball. He comes up with a decent hat-trick delivery as well which Buttler does well to guide away down to third man for a single. Morgan is off the mark with a single to fine leg off the final ball.

  • 10

    After a wide first up, Morgan gives himself room and flays Duminy over extra cover for a well-placed boundary. Both batsmen help themselves to singles before Morgan gets out the reverse paddle - although he can't quite get it past the in-field, only another single.

  • 9

    Superb over from Parnell who claims the prize scalp of Hales and then Ali the very next ball. He comes up with a decent hat-trick delivery as well which Buttler does well to guide away down to third man for a single. Morgan is off the mark with a single to fine leg off the final ball.

  • Wicket: Ali c de Kock b Parnell 10 - It's two in two for Parnell as Ali gets an under-edge behind on an attempted pull, with wicketkeeper de Kock taking an excellent catch low down, diving forward.

  • Wicket: Hales c Miller b Parnell 38 - Big blow for South Africa as Hales departs! The right-hander was looking to blast a lofted drive over the covers for six, but picked out David Miller in the deep and the fielder made no mistake.

  • 7

    Power-play over and Imran Tahir is on with his leg-spin. Ali struggles to get him away initially and is relieved to see a sliced drive loop over the in-field for a couple. But the left-hander then produces a much more convincing cut which races through point for four and claims a quick single off the final ball of the over.

  • 6

    Decent start to the sixth over by Hendricks, but he then strays leg-side with a short one that Hales effortlessly flicks away for four. He over-compensates by going to full with the next ball and is promptly carved through point for another boundary. Hales saves the best for last, though, and dispatches another short ball way back into the stands for a huge six over mid-wicket.

  • 5

    Lumb was looking in good nick as he smashed Parnell back over his head for another boundary at the start of the over. But he would subsequently perish bringing Moeen Ali to the crease and the left-hander is quickly away with a single.

  • Wicket: Lumb c Miller b Parnell 18 - Lumb's lively knock comes to an end on 18 as he chips an attempted drive to David Miller in the covers to give Wayne Parnell the first English wicket.

  • 4

    Dale Steyn is into the attack but not in particularly impressive fashion as he fires down a very wayward wide first up - that duly prompts him to send for some sawdust to put on the bowling crease. A mis-field then gifts Lumb a cheap single to darken the bowler's mood further. Hales again enjoys a big slice of fortune as, having been sent back after setting off for a run, he sees Steyn miss the stumps with the batsman a long way short of his ground. Lumb ends the over in grand style with a towering six over the covers, cracking shot.

  • 3

    Lumb is off the mark in glorious style as he dismissively pulls Beuran Hendricks away over mid-wicket for six. Decent response from the bowler who concedes just a couple of singles to either batsman from the rest of the over.

  • 2

    A real escape for Hales as he is comfortably caught at point off the bowling of Albie Morkel only for the bowler to be (dubiously!) called for a front-foot no-ball. To rub salt into the wound he then smashes the next couple of deliveries through the covers for four.

  • 1

    Scratchy start from Hales as Duminy kicks off with three dot balls, but he pierces the in-field with a cover-drive to the rope and then follows it with a powerful sweep for four. Single off the last ball means he keeps the strike.

  • End Of Innings: Uphill struggle - Fantastic and inventive knock from de Villiers - and some more shoddy fielding from England - ensures that South Africa have posted a very imposing total and England are going to need some more Alex Hales-style fireworks to stay alive in the tournament. Regardless of the result they could be without skipper Stuart Broad for the final group game against Holland as, after a warning for their slow over-rate against Sri Lanka, England have taken an age to get through them again today... over two hours for that innings - floodlight failures or not, that is pretty poor!

  • 20

    Bresnan steps up for the last over in place of Dernbach. De Villiers gets right across his stumps to flick a full toss for six over square-leg. Ali then grasses a chance from De Villiers on the midwicket boundary after appearing to lose it in the floodlights at the last moment. Morkel is bowled from the final ball, meaning England need 197 to win. De Villiers finishes on 69 not out from 28 balls (9x4, 3x6).

  • Wicket: A Morkel b Bresnan 3 - Morkel drags the final ball of the innings onto his stumps having a big slog.

  • 19

    De Villiers ends Jordan's over with back-to-back fours, the first can only be described as a reverse paddle sweep and the second a stand-and-deliver slash through point. 15 runs from the over.

  • Wicket: Miller c Ali b Jordan 19 - Miller launches one big six off Jordan but doesn't get hold of an attempt to repeat the dose later in the over and Ali takes the catch at long-on.

  • 18

    50: Dernbach loses his control during an over costing 26 runs. Miller starts the fun by giving himself a bit of room to muscle the opening ball for six over extra cover. Next, an attempted yorker turns into a waist-high full toss and Miller easily flips it to midwicket for four. Buttler puts down a diving one-handed 'chance' after Miller gets a thin slice of bat on his attempted pull. Very tough for the wicketkeeper, who didn't see it until the last moment. De Villiers turns one into two with some swift running. Dernbach is called wide by umpire Tucker after De Villiers appeared to get a toe-end on a big swing. There is no doubt about the next one, De Villiers slamming it for six back down the ground despite being down on one knee. Dernbach is warned for a slower ball that comes out as a beamer and De Villiers completes the bowler's misery by launching the final delivery for six to midwicket, which completes his 23-ball half-century, the quickest by a South African in T20 internationals..

  • 17

    Lumb pulls off a diving stop to save a boundary to save a few runs but Dernbach makes a mess of a similar effort later in Broad's over to cost four after De Villiers middled his pull. Dernbach is immediately banished to a new position by his skipper. De Villiers makes it 13 from the over by pulling the final delivery for four more, this time the fielder had no chance of stopping it. He knew the short ball was coming and dealt with it.

  • 16

    De Villiers rescues the over for South Africa by giving himself some room to carve Bresnan's final ball over backward point for four. He out-thought Bresnan, who had given up only three singles to that point.

  • 15

    Duminy's exit was a bit strange. He took the long way around Jordan in turning back for a second run and his bat slipped out of his hand in the process. Miller is the new batsman.

  • Wicket: Duminy run out (Bopara/Buttler) 5 - Duminy's pulls a short ball from Jordan just short of Bopara on the square-leg boundary but drops his bat after deciding to come back for two and is run out after Bopara fires the return in to Buttler flat and hard. Duminy was well short, he might have been gone even with a bat in hand!

  • 14

    Broad is not happy with Tredwell's efforts to stop a De Villiers drive at mid-off. He can only deflect it four. Jordan does manage to save a four later in the over, sticking out his boot on the midwicket fence.

  • 13

    Duminy replaces De Kock, left-hander for left-hander. De Villiers brings up South Africa's 100 with a dab cut for four and launches the next one for four more down the ground after advancing to drive against Tredwell.

  • Wicket: De Kock st Buttler b Tredwell 29 - De Kock walks down the pitch at Tredwell but misses with his attempt to work a straight ball into the leg-side. Similar to what Amla did earlier but this time Buttler makes no mistake with the stumping.

  • 12

    Bopara is milked for five singles and a two, easy runs but South Africa should probably be looking for more than seven-an-over given the wickets they've got in hand.

  • 11

    De Villiers has replaced Amla, a clear signal of intent from South Africa. Amla didn't get hold of that short ball from Broad, it was well short of clearing the rope.

  • Wicket: Amla c Hales b Broad 56 - Amla's 37-ball innings comes to an end with a pull to Hales moving to his left from the midwicket boundary. He's set the game up for South Africa and De Villiers has promoted himself to No 3 in an effort to keep up the pressure on England.

  • 10

    Bopara is the seventh bowler tried by England. Amla drives his first delivery uppishly but safely enough for a single into the covers. Buttler's having a bit of a nightmare, allowing Bopara's back-of-the-hand slower ball through for four byes. Amla gets a leading edge trying to turn the final delivery into the leg-side but it loops high over the bowler's head and falls between three converging fielders.

  • 9

    50: Tredwell is picked off for easy ones and twos as Amla completes a 30-ball half-century (6x4, 2x6), his first in T20 internationals, in risk-free fashion.

  • 8

    Amla is straight back into his stride after the latest power delay, cutting the final ball of Broad's over for four to move to 46, within a hit of his maiden T20 international half-century... It was poor delivery from Broad, short and wide.

  • We're back - Again, it's just a short break. We're back up to full power and ready to resume.

  • Dew - The mat is going round the outfield to clear the dew again but is that fair on South Africa? They will have to bowl later when the dew will be heavier and, assuming no further power outages, won't get the same treatment.

  • Lights out (again) - More floodlight trouble in Chittagong cuts short Broad's opening over after three balls.. It's the same pylon that went out earlier and, on that occasion, took 10 minutes to power up again.

  • 7

    With the fielding restrictions now relaxed, Tredwell is on. England like their main spinner to bowl his four overs in a row from this point. De Kock pounces on a short ball, sending his cut racing away behind square on the off-side. England not looking like to break this stand at the moment.

  • 6

    Jordan into the attack for the first time. Amla finds the boundary again, although this time it's not a classical stroke, more of a bottom-handed shovel. A misfield at backward point allows Amla to come back for two and complete a highly satisfactory powerplay for South Africa.

  • 5

    Amla continues to time it beautifully, hitting down the ground for another four as Bresnan's opening over disappears for seven runs. He nailed a short one straight to the fielder later in the over, either side would have been four more.

  • 4

    De Kock gets his first boundary, cut away after Dernbach dropped short and wide. Spoils an otherwise good over from the bowler.

  • 3

    Ali continues. De Kock opens his account with a single into the off-side and Amla immediately cuts off his stumps for another four. Missed stumping! Amla comes down the track and is beaten on the outside edge by a delivery that skidded through a bit quicker than he was expecting. Wicketkeeper Buttler can't handle it though, it hits him on the chest and the chance is gone. Amla celebrates his good fortune by sending the next ball over long-on. Buttler looking very sheepish.

  • 2

    Dernbach fires in a yorker to resume proceedings after a delay of around 10 minutes. Another dot to finish, Amla patting it back to the bowler off the back foot.

  • Seeing the light - A big mat is being pulled around the outfield to clear the dew, England won't mind seeing that. The bulbs are coming back one by one... a restart is imminent.

  • Delay - The crowd don't seem to mind as they dance around as the continues to blare out. The Australian umpires Steve Davis and Rod Tucker have decided to take the players off the pitch as we continue to wait for power to return (it's not all of the floodlights that have gone down, just one batch).

  • Lights out - Dernbach's second ball is pulled for six by Amla, who finishes with one leg off the ground. What a shot, wasn't all that short. Amla lifts a straight ball just over square-leg for four later in the over and Dernbach is rattled straightaway, shoving the next one down the leg-side. Play then comes to a halt as one of the floodlights goes out...

  • 1

    England starting with Ali's off-spin. His starts with a dot but the second ball turns down the leg-side for a wide and Amla rocks back to crack the next one through the covers for four. A single to midwicket brings the left handed De Kock onto strike for the first time and he can't beat the infield during the remainder of the over.

  • Over 1 - South Africa 6/0 (De Kock 0, Amla 5) - England starting with Ali's off-spin. His starts with a dot but the second ball turns down the leg-side for a wide and Amla rocks back to crack the next one through the covers for four. A single to midwicket brings the left handed De Kock onto strike for the first time and he can't beat the infield during the remainder of the over.

  • Anthems - Nice rendition of both anthems and we're ready to go...

  • Go slow - South Africa must do without T20 skipper Du Plessis today because his team failed to bowl their overs quickly enough during the win over the Netherlands. It was his second infringement during the last 12 months, (the other occasion coming against New Zealand earlier in the tournament), resulting in a one-match from the ICC. Broad is under pressure for the same reason today, he received his first warning for England's tardy over-rate against Sri Lanka.

  • South Africa - De Kock (wkt), Amla, De Villiers (capt), Duminy, Behardien, Miller, Morkel, Steyn, Hendricks, Tahir, Parnell

  • England - Lumb, Hales, Ali, Morgan, Buttler (wkt), Bopara, Bresnan, Jordan, Broad (capt), Tredwell, Dernbach

  • Form - England come into this match on the back of their best performance for some time, an Alex Hales-inspired victory over Sri Lanka in Chittagong. Hales became the first Englishman to score a T20 international century, finishing 116 not out to see his side to a target of 190. South Africa haven't found top form yet, they were edged out by Sri Lanka, needed a superb final over from Dale Steyn to beat New Zealand and survived an almighty scare against the Netherlands last time out.

  • Team news - England have named an unchanged team, while South Africa have brought in for Farhaan Behardien for Du Plessis and dropped Lonwabo Tsotsobe for Wayne Parnell.

  • Toss: Toss - England have won the toss and chosen to bowl first. Stuart Broad admits the heavy dew in evening matches at the venue (and the consequence of an extremely wet ball when bowling second) was a big factor in his decision. AB de Villiers, leading South Africa due to Faf du Plessis' suspension, admitted he would have done the same - and for the same reasons - given the chance.

  • No margin for error - This is an early knockout match, the loser is going home. This is South Africa's final group game and victory would guarantee them a place in the last four, while England are not definitely through with a victory today - they will also need to win their final match is against the Netherlands to be certain of advancing,

  • Hello - Welcome to our coverage of the crunch Group One fixture at the World Twenty20 between England and South Africa in Chittagong. Play starts at 1.30pm GMT.

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Match Info
  • 193/7
    - TBC
    England won the toss and elected to field
    Steve Davis, Rod Tucker
    Bruce Oxenford
    David Boon
  • Batting
    • R
    • B
    • 4s
    • 6s
    Hashim Amla
    c Hales b Broad
    Quinton de Kock
    st Buttler b Tredwell
    AB de Villiers
    not out
    Jean-Paul Duminy
    run out
    David Miller
    c Ali b Jordan
    Albie Morkel
    b Bresnan
    Farhaan Behardien
    • 56
    • 37
    • 6
    • 2
    • 29
    • 33
    • 2
    • 0
    • 69
    • 28
    • 9
    • 3
    • 5
    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • 19
    • 15
    • 2
    • 1
    • 3
    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    (b 4, lb 2, w 8, nb 1)
    (5 wickets; 20 overs)
  • Bowling
    • O
    • M
    • R
    • W
    Moeen Ali
    Jade Dernbach
    Tim Bresnan
    Chris Jordan
    James Tredwell
    Stuart Broad
    Ravi Bopara
    • 2
    • 0
    • 17
    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    • 44
    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    • 28
    • 1
    • 3
    • 0
    • 30
    • 1
    • 3
    • 0
    • 25
    • 1
    • 4
    • 0
    • 33
    • 1
    • 2
    • 0
    • 13
    • 0
  • Fall of Wickets
    • 90/1 - Amla (10.5 ov)
    • 98/2 - de Kock (12.2 ov)
    • 120/3 - Duminy (14.3 ov)
    • 174/4 - Miller (18.4 ov)
    • 196/5 - Morkel (19.6 ov)

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