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England beat South Africa in World T20 thriller

Joe Root was the England hero with an incredible innings of 83

Joe Root hit 83 as England sensationally beat South Africa by two wickets in their World Twenty20 Super 10 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Chasing South Africa’s mammoth total of 229-4, England reached their improbable target with two balls to spare to register their first win in two matches in Group One, following their defeat to West Indies

England’s total 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.

Speaking afterwards, man of the match Root said: “It’s just nice to contribute to a winning team. When they got such a big score at half-time 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.”

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