T20 World Cup, 20 days to go: Top moments- England ‘s record 230-run chase against South Africa

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March 18, 2016: England stunned Proteas in record 230-run chase during the 2016 T20 World Cup.

March 18, 2016: England stunned Proteas in record 230-run chase during the 2016 T20 World Cup. | Photo Credit:

The T20 World Cup 2022 begins in Australia in 20 days.  Sportstar will present one iconic moment/match from T20WC history each day, leading up to October 16, 2022. 

The T20 World Cup 2022 begins in Australia in 20 days. Sportstar will present one iconic moment/match from T20 WC history each day, leading up to October 16, 2022.

March 18, 2016: England stuns Proteas in record 230-run chase

When Eoin Morgan put South Africa into bat after the coin landed in his favour, there was a loud roar from the stands at the Wankhede Stadium, the biggest turnout of the World Twenty20 so far. While the Mumbaikars were thrilled to see A.B. de Villers in action early in the evening, Morgan’s decision to field first appeared to be a brave one.

At the halfway stage, with South Africa piling on 229 for four, the second highest total in WT20 history, Morgan’s decision was billed as good as suicidal. However, before the floodlights were turned off, Morgan and co. had vindicated their strategy by comfortably overhauling the total to keep their campaign alive.

A chase of 230 requires a team to not only start and finish strongly but continue to pile on the runs even in the so-called middle overs of a 20-over innings. That England’s run rate was better than the asking rate of 11.5 right through its innings speaks volumes about the finesse with which it planned and executed the mammoth chase.

The only blemish

The only blemish for England was the nerves it showed in the dying moments. With one run required off the last over, Chris Jordan tried to end the match in style but could only manage to find Jean-Paul Duminy at deep midwicket to hand Kyle Abbott his third wicket.

David Willey committed hara-kiri off the next ball, resulting in an unnecessary run-out. But Moeen Ali kept his calm to push the ball over the field, that was brought in, to seal a famous win.

Jason Roy and Alex Hales, dropped off the first ball he faced at short fine-leg by Kyle Abbott off Dale Steyn, gave them the blitzkrieg opening. And the middle order then played around Joe Root to ensure England kept pace with the scoring rate.

Joe Root was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 44-ball 83.

Joe Root was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 44-ball 83. | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE

The stylish Root showcased a combination of traditional strokeplay and improvisation before holing out deep on the leg side when the equation had been reduced to a run a ball.

Root’s silken touch eventually ended up overshadowing the powerplay of South Africa’s batsmen. The opening combination of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored just two runs off Willey’s opening over.

But ever since Reece Topley’s first ball of the next over was sent by the left-handed de Kock over point, it started an onslaught that lasted for the next half hour. At the end of the Power Play, South Africa’s openers had amassed 83 runs, 76 of which came through boundaries (13 fours and four sixes).

Despite Faf du Plessis being unable to get going, Duminy’s quick-fire fifty, the third of the innings, and David Miller’s straight hitting meant South Africa had set a sizeable total.

- Amol Karhadkar

This article was originally published in The Hindu on March 19, 2016.

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