Updated: Sunday, 30 March 2014 01:44 | By Agence France-Presse

South Africa knock out England to reach World Twenty20 semis

South Africa beat former champions England by three runs in Chittagong on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.


South Africa knock out England to reach World Twenty20 semis

South Africa batsman AB de Villiers plays a shot during the World Twenty20 tournament cricket match against England in Chittagong on March 29, 2014 - by Prakash Singh

South Africa put up the tournament's highest total of 196-5 before keeping England down to 193-7 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 to the last four from Group Two.

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