England qualify for T20 world cup semi-finals

England have qualified for the T20 world cup semi-finals despite losing to South Africa by 10 runs in Sharjah.

England needed to score 87 runs to qualify from the group stage after winning all of their first four matches in the tournament.

Speaking to Sky Sports, England captain Eoin Morgan said: “We are very happy to get through. Finals are about expressing yourself and we’ll look to enjoy them as much as we can.”

South Africa needed to defeat England by 59 runs in order to qualify but fell short despite restricting England to 179-8.

Batsman Rassie van der Dussen top scored for the Proteas with an unbeaten innings of 94 runs from 60 balls to guide South Africa to 189-2.

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada then bowled a hat-trick in the final over to end England’s run chase.

England’s opening batsman Jason Roy was injured during the run chase and is unlikely to play a further part in the tournament.

Morgan said: “We have dealt with a lot of injuries throughout and before the tournament with Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Jofra Archer all out.

“Jason Roy will be assessed tomorrow but we have a lot of depth and that is something we have tried to build over the last couple of years.”

The result also meant that Australia qualified for the semi-finals, finishing in second place in group A.

England will play the runners-up of Group B, New Zealand on Wednesday. 

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