How Can England Qualify For T20 World Cup Semifinal After 7 Run Defeat Against South Africa?

South Africa continued their unbeaten run in the T20 World Cup as they defeated England by 7 runs. The defeat has put England in a spot of bother in terms of semifinal qualification. For England to qualify, the Jos Buttler-led side will have to ensure they register a win over USA in last game.
South Africa Qualification Scenario

South Africa Qualification Scenario (Source: AP)

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • SA beat ENG by 7 Runs.
  • ENG failed to chase 164.
  • ENG need a win over USA.
South Africa defeated England by 7 runs to continue their unbeaten streak in the T20 World Cup. Chasing a target of 164, England could only score 156-6. After losing the top order cheaply, England revived the chase courtesy of a magnificent partnership between Liam Livingstone and Harry Brook. The pair added 78 runs in seven overs. England needed 25 runs in three over and it seemed that the game was in England's bag, however, Livingstone (33) and Brook (53) departed in quick succession and England fell short of the target.
Earlier, South Africa posted a par score of 163-6 in 20 overs. Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a blistering start and went on to score 65 in 38 balls. Till the time he was at the crease, South Africa looked set to post a score of around 200, however, his wicket triggered a collapse and South Africa did not get the finish they needed. David Miller scored 43 in 28 balls and helped the team cross the 160-run mark.
For England to qualify for the T20 World Cup semifinal, they need to win their last game against the USA. The team defeated hosts West Indies in the first game of the Super 8. England have a healthy run rate and if they can beat the USA, they should qualify for the semifinals. There could be a situation where multiple teams are tied on points and this is where the run rate would come in handy for England.
Captain Jos Buttler reacted to the defeat and rued the lack of intent in the powerplay where England failed to get any momentum.
"Quinton came in with a lot of intent and we couldn't quite match that. We pulled it back and were happy to chase that target but his innings was the difference. We came back well with the ball. Brook and Livingstone had a fantastic partnership to get us close and even look like favourties but credit to South Africa for closing out the game. Really valuable. He's very understanding that you don't get to face many balls in T20 cricket at that positions. He's hitting the ball really well in the nets and backing himself. Looking forward to the next one," said Buttler at the post-match presentation.
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