Kagiso Rabada. (Source: Twitter)

South Africa defeated England by 10 runs in the last match of Group-1 of the Super-12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 played in Sharjah on Saturday. The team with the green jersey could not reach the semi-finals, as their net run rate was not better than Australia, so England and Australia qualified for the last four from this group.

In this match, South African team’s fast bowler Kagiso Rabada scored a brilliant hat-trick. He achieved this feat by taking 3 consecutive wickets in the first 3 balls of the last over of the match. He made his victims Liam Livingstone, Oin Morgan and Chris Jordan and became the first bowler to take a hat-trick for the Proteas team in the T20 World Cup.

WHO SAID WHAT?
Temba Bavuma: The win was important. Bitter-sweet end for us. We achieved what we wanted to – win the game but just couldn’t win it big enough. At the start of the tournament, that (net run rate) was never a factor for us, we just wanted to win games. It’s always tough to make up for that at the back end, especially against a team like England. The young guys will learn a lot from this. I think this is going to give us a lot of experience and confidence. It’ll give us a lot of knowledge on how to go about things forward.

Eoin Morgan: I think it was a really good wicket. SA came really hard at us, batted well. I thought we were a bit off in the field, held them to a slightly par score. Obviously, Jason Roy going down the way he did does hurt, but we still did well to get that close. I think every game tests us in different ways. The biggest test this tournament has been against Sri Lanka, batting first and Jos Buttler rescued us from a hole. Had to bowl under the dew and we came out with flying colours. Today, there wasn’t as much pressure although it was a good test. Probably Jason will be assessed tomorrow. We do have a lot of depth, we’ve built a good white-ball group over the last few years, so really excited. Yes, really happy, we’ve topped the group and that’s never easy.

Rassie van der Dussen | Player of the Match: It (the award) doesn’t mean too much in the context, but we knew we had to get a good score. We were asking too much from the bowlers to defend that score in order to get into the semis. At the end of the day, it was a good performance, beating a good side. It’s a type of a wicket, where the new batters needed time to get in, you saw that in their innings when they lost wickets. So Markram and I tried to get in and get a good total. The three venues are so different. The match against Bangladesh, the pitch was different, it was difficult to bat there. Today it kept low, from the batting point of view it has been quite a challenge to adjust to the three venues. The batting units who have adapted the quickest have been the most successful.

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