South Africa vs England, 39th Match, Group 1 (N), Sharjah, Nov 6 2021
Match Result: South Africa won by 10 runs
Player of the Match: Rassie van der Dussen
Eoin Morgan: “I think it was a really good wicket. SA came really hard at us, batted well. I thought we were a bit off in the field, held them to a slightly par score. Obviously, Jason Roy going down the way he did does hurt, but we still did well to get that close.
I think every game tests us in different ways. The biggest test this tournament has been against Sri Lanka, batting first and Jos Buttler rescued us from a hole. Had to bowl under the dew and we came out with flying colours. Today, there wasn’t as much pressure although it was a good test. Probably Jason will be assessed tomorrow.
We do have a lot of depth, we’ve built a good white-ball group over the last few years, so really excited. Yes, really happy, we’ve topped the group and that’s never easy.”
Hat-tricks in Men’s T20 World Cup
Brett Lee vs. Ban, 2007
Curtis Campher vs. Net, 2021
Wanindu Hasaranga vs. SA, 2021
Kagiso Rabada vs. Eng, 2021
Temba Bavuma: “The win was important. Bitter-sweet end for us. We achieved what we wanted to – win the game but just couldn’t win it big enough. At the start of the tournament, that (net run rate) was never a factor for us, we just wanted to win games.
All their specialist batters entertained, even if only for a short period, but the game was theirs heading into the final over. But Rabada had the last laugh, removing both set batters in the first two balls and then adding one more next ball to get a hat-trick for himself.
It’s always tough to make up for that at the back end, especially against a team like England. The young guys will learn a lot from this. I think this is going to give us a lot of experience and confidence. It’ll give us a lot of knowledge on how to go about things forward.”
Hat-tricks by South Africans in White Ball international cricket
Charl Langeveldt – ODI v WI, 2005
JP Duminy – ODI v SL, 2015
Kagiso Rabada – ODI v Ban, 2015
Imran Tahir – ODI v Zim, 2018
Kagiso Rabada – T20I v Eng, 2021
Rassie van der Dussen | Player of the Match: “It (the award) doesn’t mean too much in the context, but we knew we had to get a good score. We were asking too much from the bowlers to defend that score in order to get into the semis. At the end of the day, it was a good performance, beating a good side.
It’s a type of a wicket, where the new batters needed time to get in, you saw that in their innings when they lost wickets. So Markram and I tried to get in and get a good total. The three venues are so different. The match against Bangladesh, the pitch was different, it was difficult to bat there.