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Patna : South Africa (SA) defeated England by 10 runs in a close contest in a Group 1 match of ICC T20 World Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE, on November 6, 2021, late night, as fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick in the last over making back-to-back strikes on the first three balls of the over. SA, however, failed to qualify for the knock-out stage due to poor run rate. SA were supposed to restrict England to 132 runs to qualify for the knock-out stage.  England, SA, and Australia finished the Group satge with 8 points from 5 games each.

Rabada took the wickets of Chris Woakes, England captain Eoin Morgan, and Chris Jordan on the first three balls of the 20th over to finish with 3/48 in 4 overs. Rabada was, however, also hit for three sixes on successive balls by Liam Livingstone in 16th over. Rassie van der Dussen was named Player Of The Match.

Chasing a target of 190 runs, England scored 179/8 in 20 overs with Moeen Ali scoring 37 runs Dawid Malan 33, Liam Livingstone 28, and Jos Buttler 26 runs while opener Jason Roy retired hurt after scoring 20 runs.. Captain Eoin Morgan scored 17 runs. For SA, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi and fast medium bowler Dwaine Pretorius took two wickets each while fast bowler Anrich Nortje took 1 wicket. England had won the toss and opted tobowl.

Batting first, SA had scored 189/2 in 20 overs with Rassie van der Dussen scoring an unbeaten 94 in 60 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes while Siden Markram scored an unbeaten 52 in 25 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes. Opener Quinton de Kock scored 34 runs.