In a must-win encounter for the Australian side, David Warner's scintillating half-century (89*) propelled the side to a resounding eight-wicket win in an afternoon encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
After winning the toss and electing to field first, Josh Hazlewood provided the Aussies with a dream start as he wreaked havoc in the fourth over of the innings by scalping the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase in the space of three deliveries. With runs hard to come by, the Windies lost a flurry of wickets in the middle overs trying to take the attack to the opposition bowling unit and managed to score 157/7 in their quota of 20 overs.
In pursuit of the target, Warner started the innings in a commanding fashion and stitched a valuable partnership of 124 runs for the second wicket along with Mitchell Marsh. Despite an early wicket of Aaron Finch, the duo accumulated the ones and the twos and kept Australia well on course for a hard-fought win. Warner smashed an unbeaten 89 off 56 deliveries studded with nine fours and four sixes to propel the side to a comprehensive victory and inch closer to a place in the semi-finals.
In the evening encounter, Rassie van der Dussen produced one of the most sublime innings in the history of the World Cup as he scored an unbeaten 94 off 60 deliveries with five boundaries and six hits over the fence to power South Africa to 189/2 in the first innings against England in Sharjah. The right-handed batter, along with Aiden Markram, forged a crucial 103-run partnership for the third wicket to lay a solid foundation for the side with the bat.
In reply, England lost wickets at regular basis, which dented their chances of chasing down a mammoth total. With 14 runs needed off six deliveries, Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick and gave away only three runs in the last over to guide South Africa over the line by 10 runs. Despite the win, the Proteas have failed to qualify for the semi-finals as they finished third in the points table due to low Net Run Rate. Here are a few of the notable stats from both games.
Bravo joins an elite list
It was an emotional day for Dwayne Bravo, and the fans of West Indian cricket as all-rounder was stepping on the field for one last time in the national jersey. After announcing his retirement from international cricket, the match against Australia was the last chance for Bravo to enthral the fans with his massive hits and subtle variations. As he stepped on the field, the 38-year old joined an elite list of players to become the third most capped player in the history of the T20 World Cup with 34 games. He surpassed his Windies teammate, Chris Gayle and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni’s record of 33 matches.
Josh Hazlewood derails the Windies batting unit
One of the most consistent bowlers for Australia in the recent past, Josh Hazlewood, dented the formidable batting unit of the Windies by picking up four wickets for 39 runs in his four-over spell. The right-arm pacer derailed the Windies lineup in the powerplay by scalping two quick wickets. He returned in the back end of the innings to restrict the flow of runs and provide the team with crucial breakthroughs. Hazlewood's efforts with the ball ensured he registered his second-best figures in T20 Internationals. 4/30 against arch-rivals England in the 2014 edition at Melbourne is the best figures for him in this format.
Bravo ends his career on a high
While Bravo did not set the stage on fire in his last game, his score of 10 off 12 deliveries resulted in the right-handed batter to become the second-highest run-scorer for the Windies in this form of the game with 530 runs in the T20 World Cup behind Chris Gayle's tally of 965 runs.
David Warner creates history
One of the areas of concern for the Australian outfit before the commencement of this high-voltage tournament was the form of Warner. The southpaw endured a dismal season with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and was dropped from the playing XI of the side in the Indian Premier League. However, in this crucial clash, the southpaw showcased tremendous grit and determination to smash an unbeaten 89 off 56 deliveries to guide the team over the line with 22 balls to spare. En route to this blistering knock, Warner recorded the highest individual score by an Australian batter in the T20 World Cup. In the 2010 edition, Cameron White scored an unbeaten 85 against Sri Lanka at Barbados, which was the previous best.
Rassie van der Dussen leads South Africa's charge
After a thumping win by the Aussies, South Africa needed to register a win by a substantial margin to stand a chance to get over Australia in the Net Run Rate equation. With an aim to score a mammoth first innings total, Rassie van der Dussen produced one of the most scintillating innings by a South African player in the T20 World Cup. The right-handed batter scored a brutal 94* off 60 deliveries to power the team to 189/2 in their 20 overs. This brutal power-hitting resulted in van der Dussen registering the highest individual score by a South African player in the world event surpassing Herschelle Gibbs 90* against the Windies in the inaugural edition.
South Africa go berserk in the last five overs
The last five overs of the innings witnessed South Africa unleash a flurry of strokes all around the ground as Markram and van der Dussen scored 71 runs without losing any wicket, which is the third-highest score in the 30 deliveries in this edition of the World Cup. The duo stitched a partnership of 103 runs to guide them to a fighting first innings total. Earlier in the tournament, New Zealand scored 72 against Namibia, which is the highest.
Jos Buttler amasses most runs as a wicket-keeper
Jos Buttler scored a quickfire 26 off 15 deliveries to get the England side off to a flyer in this massive run chase. En route to this knock, the 31-year old become the leading run-scorer as a wicket-keeper in T20 Internationals by amassing 2003 runs in 67 innings. Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan batting sensation, is second on this list with 1993 runs in 68 innings.
Kagiso Rabada's hat-trick in vain
Kagiso Rabada endured a horrific run with the ball in the first three overs and conceded 45 runs. However, the right-arm pacer bounced back in the final over of the innings and picked up three wickets off the first three deliveries to become the fourth player to bag a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup. Rabada dismissed Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordon to tilt the match in favour of the Proteas. His efforts helped South Africa register a 10-run win but failed to qualify for the semi-finals.