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  1. Highest successful run chase at a World T20
  2. Eng 230-8 (19.4 overs)
  3. Root 83 from 44 balls; Roy 43 from 16
  4. SA 229-4 (20 overs) - Amla 58 (31 balls)
  5. Duminy 54* (28); De Kock 52 (24)
  6. Australia beat SA in women's tournament

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's it from us after an extraordinary day's cricket. We thought we'd been treated to a thriller when New Zealand scraped past Australia, but that really was something else from England.

Join us tomorrow for the not exactly small matter of India-Pakistan tomorrow afternoon. Until then, goodbye.

Vic Marks is absolutely right about the effect on the group table. England would have been out of it if they've lost, but now they're in with a real chance - if they beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh they'll almost certainly be through.

World T20 Group 1 table
BBC Sport

On Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain has just called Joe Root "the best England batsman ever in all formats". Big call, but can you really argue?

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"This game will have transformed this group. Halfway down England were looking at needing help to qualify but now it is in their own hands. And there are easier games coming up. They will worry about their bowling, but here South Africa's Dale Steyn was given only two overs."  

Captain's view

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "We've all played this game long enough to know that no score is unchaseable and that was the message to our bowlers. England batted very aggressively in the first six to put us under real pressure. They batted exceptionally well but there were way too many extras from our point of view."

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Honestly I felt we had to play out of our skins and we did just that. There is a lot of talent in our group and the best way for us to play is how we did tonight. The freedom that we play with is the best solution for us. We had a lot of big chases in the last year, and the start we got from Roy and Hales, they were both outstanding." 

View from the coaching staff

I think these lot are trying to give me a heart attack!! What a win @englandcricket never seen anything like it #ENGvSA #WT20

Unsurprisingly, that is the highest run chase in the history of the World T20, beating the 208 that South Africa chased down against West Indies in the very first game of the first tournament.

It is the second highest run chase in the history of T20 internationals...

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"What a night. For everyone apart from the pace bowlers. It was a nightmare for them. Roy and Hales went hell for leather from the start but then later there was an element of calculation lower in the order from Root and Buttler to keep things ticking over."

What an unbelievable game of stick cricket. @root66 incredible along with all the other batters. #chinesedentist

That really was just brilliant, wasn't it?Joe Root was magnificent: he didn't blast, he didn't heave, he trusted his natural game, timing the ball and brilliantly manufacturing ingenious angles.

But let's reserve some praise for Jason Roy too. Before today he was averaging 13.2 from nine T20 internationals. But he was utterly superb at the start of England's innings, setting a cracking tempo and giving them belief when they had none.

Player reaction

More from England's Joe Root: "We knew we just had to back the natural instincts and play good cricket shots. After the start we got, we couldn't have asked for better, it made the middle order a lot easier and put South Africa under pressure straight away, which is exactly where we needed to be.

"There were 460 runs or whatever, it's a tremendous wicket. I'm sure the batters will want to wrap it up and take it with them all tournament."

Once, just once, I'd like to see a player in a post-match interview say, "Yeah, obviously I played like an absolute god, it was brilliant." But they never do...

Player reaction

England's Joe Root: "It’s just nice to contribute to a winning team. When they got such a big score at halftime all we we spoke about was not getting greedy and trying for 20 an over. We knew we had to build some partnerships to take it deep. We were calm under pressure, and this sets up nicely for the rest of the tournament."

Praise from Brian Charles Lara

I'm proud to see a top class TEST BATSMAN @root66 play the most outstansing innings of the #ICCWT20 leading ENG to an impropable win. #class

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"That has to be one of the most dramatic victories in the history of the game. Absolutely taken apart in the field, England responded brilliantly, masterminded by Joe Root."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"This will be such a fillip for England, and a hammer blow for South Africa. Root marshaled England, Roy alongside Hales was fantastic at the start, getting the target down to something manageable. They've gotten out of jail, but have done it with such style."


They've done it! Absolutely incredible, incredible. Moeen somehow blasts Kyle Abbott over the top and England go through for the winning run.

What a sensational victory. Everything that could go wrong in the field did, they were on the end of an absolute hammering and somehow they've turned it around. What a way to break a sequence of six losses in limited-overs internationals.

Winning moment

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"You said it would be a nice easy task.. Two wickets have fallen in this over! If we have a super over here, I don't fancy England's chances... Surely they cannot muck this up?"


Willey run out (Morris) 0 (Eng 229-8)

Oh my lord. England have made a proper horlicks of this. Driven to mid-on, beats the first fielder, the batsmen are halfway down the track but suddenly they turn and go back! Morris throws in, De Villiers takes off the bails and England are quaking!


Jordan c Duminy b Abbott 5 (Eng 229-7)

Bouncer, pulled by Jordan, high, high into the air, is this it, Duminy is under it - caught! Brilliant take falling backwards on the boundary. Surely not?

Jordan out

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I don't think England can mess this up now... It's not going to be Dale Steyn to bowl the last over for South Africa, and in a sense that's a humiliation for him. Either way, it's an impossible task. The scores are now - amazingly - level."


Eng 229-6

Bouncer, clubbed away by Jordan and England only need one more for one of the most brilliant, improbable, ludicrous victories of all time.

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David Lewis: My god, they are actually going to do this!

Andy Foley: Has the world stood still watching!!??

Eng 227-6

Jordan! CJ has come to the party, he bowled like a man who'd never seen a cricket ball before but he saw that one all right, full toss and he hammers it through extra cover for four!

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Rachel T: Stunning, stunning cricket from England - got us all on our feet!  

Eng 223-6

The batsmen crossed, so it's Moeen on strike. Full from Rabada, and Moeen's got it through! Brilliantly threaded through the gap on the leg side, England one hit away! 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Joe Root hit it well - you thought it might go for six, but that was a brilliant running catch on the boundary from Miller. Still England should have enough...

"Root is getting a rousing reception from what is essentially a neutral crowd. For those committed to it, this has been agony. And it still is."


Root c Miller b Rabada 83 (Eng 219-6)

Well, is that a late twist? Knee-high full toss from Rabada, Root mullers it but he can't quite clear the fence and David Miller pouched it superbly on the rope. Magnificent, extraordinary innings from Root. Jordan is coming out...

Root out

Third umpire

Hang on. Hang on. This game isn't over. Root has pulled one into the hands of mid-wicket, but was it a no-ball? We're checking...

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Chris Harden: South Africa. Choking?

Eng 219-5 (need 11 off 12)

Unbelievable. South Africa are unravelling, England are doing this easily. Full ball, cannons off Moeen's pads and should be intercepted by Abbott, but he misses it on the rope!

Eng 214-5

And another boundary! Dug in short by Morris, Root swishes and misses but De Kock can't grab it! 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Well England are the strong favourites now. Joe Root has lost all yearning for elegance - it's runs that matter."

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Chris in Cambridge: Had an essay deadline so listening on the BBC website "as if live" about an hour behind. It's currently 65-1 off four and I'm full of the optimism that everyone else has probably lost by now.

Eng 210-5

The first ball is wide and it's tickled down to the fine-leg boundary by Root. And then Root opens the face and slices it behind square for another four. Incredible!

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Sit back and hope for the best everyone. Joe Root is hot but he's not bothered. Who's got the ball? Chris Morris. His overs have been expensive so far."

Eng 202-5

Morris to bowl the 18th, and that means Dale Steyn will not complete his four. Some plans being torn up on the South Africa balcony right now...

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