T20 World Cup: England reach semi-finals despite defeat by South Africa

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ICC Men's T20 World Cup Sharjah South Africa 189-2 (20 runs): Van der Dussen 94*(60), Markram 52* (25) England 179-8 (21 overs: Moeen 37, Malan 33 (26), Rabada 348 South Africa won by ten runs Scorecard

England reached the semi-finals in the Men's T20 World Cup, despite being defeated by South Africa in Sharjah by 10 runs.

England was chasing 190 but England needed 14 of the last six balls. Kagiso Raja started the over with a hat trick, Chris Woakes, Eoin Morris, and Chris Jordan being caught in the deep.

They lost the first round to England but South Africa failed to restrict them to 131 or less, so Australia was eliminated.

England's opener Jason Roy was injured in what appears to be a severe calf injury.

When he was forced to retire from the game, he looked almost in tears and was still using crutches.

Rassie van den Dussen struck a stunning 94 out of 60 balls in South Africa's 192-2. This was part of a thrilling game that featured dazzling striking. Aiden Markram scored 52 out of 25 deliveries.

England faces problems

Although the result didn't affect Group 1 standings, it did give England some breathing space after four consecutive comprehensive wins.

Morgan's team was quickly charging towards the knockout stages, with West Indies, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia being easily swept aside.

England's batters nearly saved a sloppy performance on the field and with the ball, but they now face New Zealand, Afghanistan, or India in their semi-final with questions that are not obvious before.

Roy's injury is the biggest concern. His departure had a significant impact on the outcome. After making 20 out of 15 balls, he ran into trouble and had to be lifted off the ground.

England has already lost Tymal Mills, a fast bowler from England, due to a thigh strain.

Mark Wood replaced him, returning figures of 0-47 after he had recovered from an ankle injury.

All the seamers failed to succeed, with Chris Woakes being uncharacteristically off-colour in conceding 43 out of four overs.

Moeen Ali bowled Reeza Hendricks, South Africa's opener, in the third over. England couldn't repeat their feat of taking at least three powerplay wickets in their previous four games. However, the runs continued.

Van der Dussen put in a great innings, combining clever ramps with powerful hitting. He and Markram scored 71 runs in the last five overs.

England conceded three overthrows in late-on, a spell that summarised their evening.

After Livingstone fireworks, victory is sealed with a Rabada hat trick

England was second favourites during much of the chase. The pursuit was hampered by Roy's departure and Jos Buttler's departure. He hit to mid-off to leave for 26 runs and ended a run total of 198 runs without a dismissal in three innings.

Moeen scored 37 out of 27 balls, and Dawid Malan 33 out of 26, but England needed three consecutive sixes in the 16th to bring life back to its hopes.

Livingstone's first sixes was 112m. This was the biggest of the tournament. However, Livingstone stayed at long-off to fall for 28 seconds before Rabada won the match.

Woakes struck his first six-ball ball, finding it deep in mid-wicket. Eoin Morgan landed to deep square-leg, and Chris Jordan drilled to long distance.

Rabada was almost sheepishly smiling, even though it wasn't the most beautiful of hat-tricks.

South Africa, despite leaving the World Cup with a positive note, will regret a loss to Australia in their first game. This was their only loss.