Proteas eye semi-final spot with England win

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2021 ICC T20 World Cup 

Twenty20 International Format
Group 1

South Africa v England

Sharjah Cricket Stadium 
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Saturday, 6 November 2021 
South Africa will take on England in their fifth and final match in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup Group 1 in Sharjah, UAE on November 6. 
The Proteas defeated Bangladesh by six wickets as the South Africans skittled out the Bengal Lions for 84 in 18.2 overs and then knocked off their target in 13.3 overs on October 31. 
Despite the victory, South Africa remained second on the Group 1 standings - two points behind leaders, England with one game left for each team. 

Temba Bavuma
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“Big game. England… we need to play our best cricket. They have had the better of us of late. We would like to make amends." said Bavuma after their match against Bangladesh. 
“Yes, it was a good day for us. Obviously, the conditions were good for the pacers. Good effort with the ball, then clinical with the bat I would say. 

"Excites us to have [Kagiso Rabada] KG and [Anrich] Nortje bowling in such conditions, reminds us of playing at home," the 31-year-old, who is also the captain of the South African national team in One Day International, continued. 
"Blessed to have both of them in our side. One guy is touching 150, the other guy has all the skills and bowls high-speeds too."

Jos Buttler
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Meanwhile, England secured a 26-run victory over Sri Lanka, who chased 164 for a victory, but they were all out for 137 in 19 overs on November 1. 
The victory saw the Poms of England remain at the top of the Group 1 standings and they are still the only unbeaten side in the group.
Only the two top teams from Group 1 will progress to the semi-finals of this year's ICC T20 World Cup finals.
South Africa and England will meet for the 22nd time in a T20 match on November 6.
The Poms have the edge in this rivalry having registered 11 wins compared to the Proteas' nine, while one game was declared as a no result.  
The last T20 match between the two nations was on 1 December 2020 and England won by nine wickets in a T20 series game that was played in Cape Town. 

Head-to-Head (T20)

Matches - 6
South Africa - 9
England - 11
Draws - 0
No result: 1

T20 World Rankings

1 - England 
5 - South Africa 

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Published: 11/05/2021