England 230/8 (JE Root 83(44), JJ Roy 43(21)) beat South Africa 229/4 (H Amla 58(31), Q de Kock 52(24), JP Duminy 54(28)) by 2 wickets
ICC World T20 2016, Match 18 –ScoreCard
It’s the second-highest T20 run-chase in history.
England: shattered and devastated by Gayle Storm few days before, came back with a tornado in their batting line up to break all the unbreakable records in a major ICC event of the year, WT20.
They chased down a mammoth 230 set by South Africans, which is the highest ever chase in the WT20 match. A team from such a humiliating loss few days back, to rise as well as shine; as they did few minutes before is next to an impossible task in a Do or die encounter.
The chase of 230 is the second overall chase in a 20-20 match and the way they dominated Dale Steyn, as well as Kagiso Rabada right from the way, go it just got from bad to worse for the Proteas.
It all converges to a point for not being able to defend such a formidable total on the board. A 20 over inning that couldn’t defend 230 is a big matter of concern for South Africans as they were in the least pressure at the end of the 1st half.
Let’s not take anything away from England who was just trying to forget everything that Gayle Storm took away few days before in the same venue.
To bounce back after being outplayed in the first half and to save the Adrenaline for such a power pack performance is outrageous. It is the best performance by England who repeated the heroics of Andrew Strauss back in 2011 against India in a 50 over the game today in the form of Joe Root.
This makes this world T20 much more interesting as everyone can bat, bowl but only one team can win. Cricket has just seen its peak today. Globally, the viewers would get attracted to cricket after such popularity and endorsement of cricket played in a right manner.
Today after 10 years when I remember the chase of 435 I feel proud that I learned cricket, read cricket and has a dream to popularize cricket in a relatively small country of cricket fans.
Hence, the youngsters of today would feel lucky after a decade when some of them would share their thoughts on fighting words in some cricketing blog or website of today’s match and all of us would know actually what records did England break!!