Despite winning their must win game against England, South Africa were unfortunate to get knocked out of T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final race. Their Net Run Rate was low when compared to other two teams – Australia and England in their group. After winning the toss, England invited South Africa to bat first, and the Proteas posted a solid total of 189/2 with the help of Rassie van der Dussen’s 94*(60) and quick-fire fifty from Aiden Markram in just 24 balls. For South Africa to qualify, they had to restrict England to 131 runs or below. But the power-packed batting attack of England ensured that they posted 179 runs and fell short of Proteas total by only 10 runs despite Jason Roy’s injury.
Numbers and stats from Eng vs SA game:
94* – Rassie van der Dussen’s 94*(60) is the highest score by a South African batsman in T20 WC.
3 – South Africa have been knocked out from playing T20 WC Semi-finals for the 3rd time due to Net Run Rate despite being tied in points with other teams who have entered Semi-finals. This unlucky scenario happened for South Africa before in 2007 & 2010 also.
3 – England have qualified for the Semi-Finals for the 3rd time in T20 WC history after 2010 & 2016. Whenever England have qualified for Semi-Finals in the past they have ensured on reaching the finals of the T20 WC tournament.
4 – Kagiso Rabada became the 4th bowler to take hat-trick in T20 WC after Brett Lee, Curtis Campher and Wanindu Hasaranga.
4 – Australia have qualified to T20 WC Semi-Finals for the 4th time in T20 WC history after 2007, 2010 & 2012.
5 – Kagiso Rabada became 5th bowler to take hat-trick in both T20Is and ODIs after Brett Lee, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga and Wanindu Hasaranga.
36 – Tabraiz Shamsi has taken 36 T20I wickets in 2021 which is joint-most for any player in a calendar year. Wanindu Hasaranga has also taken 36 T20I wickets in 2021.
240 – Jos Buttler became the highest run-scorer (240) in T20 World Cup 2021, surpassing Charith Asalanka’s tally of 231 runs.