By Anmol Pundir

South Africans playing to qualify for the semi-finals had to win the match by 58 or more runs to keep themselves ahead of Australia in terms of run rate, as both the teams have the same points but could only manage to win the match by 10 runs.

England and Australia and England have officially qualified for the semi-finals as no match is to be played for Group 1 further.

England the unbeaten team if Group 1 were to face South Africa, who were playing to beat
England by a huge margin to get themselves qualified but the toss didn’t go their way, and were invited to bat first.

South Africa after losing a wicket had a decent going as de Kock 34(27) and van der Dussen 94(60) kept going for a 75 run stand and gave Proteas the desired start. Van der
Dussen already set on the pitch did not lose his wicket and utilized it to his fullest.

Aiden Markram 52(25) came and began smashing the ball to keep the momentum going provided by de Kock and Dussen. Proteas were able to get 189 runs on the board and were asked to restrict England to 131 to qualify for semis.

Africans bowling had the capability to stop any batting line up to that score, but seeing England’s form, they needed a miracle to get that result.

Jason Roy and Jos Buttler were off to a start but soon Jason Roy pulled his calf muscle while picking a single and was not only out of the match, but has been ruled out of the world cup, as he was in tears of pain after getting injured.

Moeen Ali 37(27) who came into bat after Roy’s injury showed some glimpses of taking the match away from South Africa but could not continue his run for long. David Malan 33(26), Liam Livingstone 28(17), had a handy contribution but could not turn the cards around them to keep themselves unbeaten.

South Africans who were not so favorites to qualify did play their heart out but it was the run rate that kept them away from the qualification.

Earlier Australia had beaten West Indies by 8 wickets and had finished the match in 16.2 overs to make the job harder for Proteas.

League matches for Group 1 have come to an end and England and Australia with 8 points have qualified for semis.

England has finished at the first spot with Australia being right behind them.

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