The final league game of Group A witnessed England’s unbeaten streak being broken in the T20 World Cup 2021. Despite some blistering cameos from Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler, the Three Lions failed to chase down a total of 189 set by South Africa. Despite a win, South Africa failed to qualify for the semifinals due to their lower Net Run Rate.
A brilliant display from the spinners Tabrez Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj along with Anrich Nortje’s tidy spell helped South Africa to a win. On the other hand, a rare failure from the England batting order meant they left too much for later and with their rusty middle order failing to step up, they suffered their first loss.
Liam Livingstone’s late flourish goes in vain
Liam Livingstone was one of the few English batters who scored freely on a rather two-paced pitch. Livingstone played a blistering knock of 28 but failed to get his team over the line. Yet the Englishman managed to get his names in the history books as he smashed three sixes on the trot off Kagiso Rabada‘s bowling and one of them being the biggest of the competition.
Rabada was handed the ball to bowl the 16th over of the England innings and Livingstone decided to go all out against the young quick. The first ball of the over was right in the slot and the Englishman pulled it over the cow corner for a massive six, 112m to be exact. The humongous six is the longest in the competition so far.
Liam Livingstone didn’t stop there as he went on to dispatch two more of Rabada’s deliveries over the boundary ropes. The three huge strikes ended South Africa’s hopes of making it to the semifinals. The Proteas missed out on a top-two finish despite winning four of their five matches in the Super 12 stage.