World Twenty20: South Africa beat England by 3 runs to seal semifinal spot
Stand-in skipper AB de Villiers lead his team from the front as they beat former champions England to stroll into the semis.
Stand-in skipper AB de Villiers led from the front as his 69 off 28 balls helped secure a semifinal spot for South Africa. (All images AFP)
AB de Villiers was at his bludgeoning best, slamming nine fours and three sixes in his knock.
South Africa got off to a fiery start as Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock added 90 runs off 65 balls for the first wicket.
Hashim Amla (56 off 37 balls) provided South Africa the best start for AB de Villiers to consolidate on as they posted 196/5 in 20 overs against England.
England's in-form opener Alex Hales gave his side some hopes of chasing down the mammoth total as he took on the South African bowlers from the word go.
Hales and Lumb added 46 runs in just 28 balls for the first wicket.
Wayne Parnell (3/31) struck early to put the brakes on England's flourishing start by dismissing the top-3 England batsmen.
Imran Tahir (2/27) punctured England's middle-order with the scalps of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.
Ravi Bopara's defiance was brought to an end by Dale Steyn.
In the end, South Africa beat England by 3 runs to seal a semifinal spot.