The match was evenly contested one as England took on South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium,Mumbai in the Group 1 game of the WorldT20 2016.
England Captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to put South Africa to bat first on the wicket.The toss did became an important one as team bowling second could find it tough due to dew making it harder for bowlers to grip the bowler as witnessed in the previous game between West indies and England at the same venue.
South Africa openers Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock were aggressive at the front with showcasing their wide array of strokes to build a partnership of over 90 runs.Hashim Amla scored a crucial fifty while Quinton De Kock continued his good run of form with 58 runs.
The openers were dismissed leaving it for the middle overs players like DeVilliers,Duminy and Miller to further increase rate of scoring in the last ten overs.AB De Villiers arrived at the crease and hit huge sixes off the bowling off leg spinner Adil Rashid before getting out but JP Duminy did prove his mettle as he compiled 58 runs and kept the rate of scoring at the same level throughout the innings.
David Miller did put icing on the cake for South Africa in terms of innings getting a push beyond 200 to reach 230 runs after 20 overs.
The requirement for England side to play out of their skins to accomplish such a mammoth total.Thats exactly what did Jason Roy as he teared apart South African fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn to score 43 runs off 16 balls that included five fours and three sixes.He was ably supported by his opening partner Alex Hales at the other end.
The onslaught meant that England had brought their 50 up in just 3 overs and scoring at unbelieveable rate but Kyle Abbott came into the attack and delivered as he removed both openers Roy and Hales to bring Proteas back in contention.
Ben Stokes was promoted and played his natural game but did not last long as he was undone by delivery of premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada
Joe Root played one of the most memorable innings played by English batsmen in the given format and made a composed 83 runs off 44 balls to steer his side to victory as Jos Butler contributed with vital 21 runs for Moeen Ali to knock off the runs in tense finish in the final over.