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T20 World Cup: England’s Semi-Final Hopes Dim After Loss to South Africa

England's Semi-Final Hopes Fade After Loss to South Africa

England’s quest for the T20 World Cup semi-finals took a hit with a seven-run defeat to South Africa in St Lucia. Chasing 164, England ended on 156-6, with Harry Brook’s valiant half-century (53 off 37) and Liam Livingstone’s quickfire 33 off 17 falling short. Despite a strong partnership, crucial wickets in the final overs sealed South Africa’s victory.

The defeat leaves England needing a win against the USA in their last Super 8s match in Barbados on Sunday. Their progression might also hinge on net run-rate.

Earlier, Jos Buttler’s stellar fielding efforts—catching Quinton de Kock (65 off 38) and running out Heinrich Klaasen (8)—were highlights in England’s attempt to restrict South Africa. Despite De Kock’s explosive start, South Africa posted 163-6, with David Miller adding a crucial 43 off 28.

England’s response saw top-order struggles, with Buttler (17 off 20) and Phil Salt (11 off 8) unable to capitalize. Brook and Livingstone’s aggressive stand briefly revived hopes, but South Africa’s bowlers, led by Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, and Anrich Nortje, executed their plans under pressure to close out the win.

England captain Jos Buttler credited De Kock’s impactful powerplay performance as the game’s turning point. South Africa’s Aiden Markram praised his team’s bowling and fielding efforts in the tense final overs.

Catch all the T20 World Cup action, including the final on June 29, live on Sky Sports.

Credit: Sky Sports

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