England vs South Africa: Root Stars In Record Chase

The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai witnessed a thriller of a contest where England, led by Joe Root, put up a spirited performance to chase down a mammoth score of 229 set by South Africa in their Group 1 match on Friday. After opening batsman Jason Roy 43(16) got the Englishmen off to a flyer, Root dropped the anchor and batted through a major part of the innings. He was instrumental throughout his innings of 83 which came off just 44 balls including 6 fours and 4 sixes. 39 runs came from singles and doubles which explains that he did not achieve this score just by hitting fours and sixes. He along with Jos Buttler rotated the strike well and found occasional boundaries every over. The duo added 75 runs for the fifth wicket, which turned out to be a match-defining partnership.

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England vs South Africa: Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after being dismissed for 83. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The South African bowlers failed to complement the effort put in by the batsmen. Dale Steyn conceded 35 runs in two overs, including his nightmare first over where Alex Hales and Jason Roy hammered him for 23 runs. Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy scored whirlwind half-centuries to help their team post 229/4 in 20 overs. The Englishmen started off the chase in the right fashion, piling up 89 runs in the mandatory powerplay at a run rate of 15 runs per over. However, they lost 3 important wickets in the process and it was the Joe Root show thereon.

Match summary: England vs South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA- 229/4 (20)
Hashim Amla 58 (31) Moeen Ali 2/34
JP Duminy 54* (28) Adil Rashid 1/35
Quinton de Kock 52 (24) David Willey 1/40
ENGLAND- 230/8 (19.4)
Joe Root 83 (44) Kyle Abbott 3/41
Jason Roy 43 (16) Kagiso Rabada 2/50
Jos Buttler 21 (14) Imran Tahir 1/28

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