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South Africa stops England

Monday, March 31, 2014

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, March 29 AFP - South Africa have beaten former champions England by three runs in Chittagong to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.

South Africa put up the tournament's highest total of 5-196 before keeping England down to 7-193 in 20 overs in a Group One match played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.

The defeat put 2010 champions England out of the semi-final race after two losses in three games.

South Africa, playing without their captain Faf du Plessis who was suspended for slow over-rate, were guided by stand-in skipper AB de Villiers who hit a 28-ball 69 not out and a 37-ball 56 by Hashim Amla.

South Africa are the second team to qualify for the semis after India cruised in from Group Two.

Menwhile New Zealand have beaten the Netherlands by six wickets in a World Twenty20 Super-10 match in Chittagong.

New Zealand restricted the Netherlands to 4-151 yesterday after they sent their rivals to bat before chasing down the target for the loss of four wickets in 19 overs for their second win in three Group one matches.

The defeat means the Netherlands are out of the tournament with three losses in as many games.

New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum scored 45-ball 65 with three sixes and four boundaries.

Sri Lanka and South Africa also have two wins in three Group one games while England have one out of two.

Top two teams from each of the two groups will advance to the semi-finals.

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