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South Africa set a target of 164 runs against England.

WEB DESK: The South Africa set a 164-run target against England in the fifth Super 8 clash of the T20 World Cup 2024 being played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia on Friday.

Quinton de Kock gave a flying start to South Africa in the first half of the innings after England made a comeback in the second half, the wicket keeper batter slammed a 22 ball fifty, the joint-fastest of the ongoing competition.

Meanwhile, Reeza Hendricks 19 off 25 balls couldn’t build on his slow start. He was the first batter to be dismissed by leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

De Kock departed due to England skipper Jos Buttler’s acrobatic catch. He made a 38-ball 65 with the help of eight boundaries.

The defending champions returned to the game with Buttler once again contributing but this time with a run out at the non-striker’s end to remove Heinrich Klassen 9 off 13 balls.

Meanwhile, Rashid removed skipper Aiden Markram 1 off 2 balls David Miller took the charge in the later part, scoring a crucial 28-ball 43.

The Proteas managed 163/6 in their 20 overs. Pacer Jofra Archer was the top bowler for England, bagging figures of 3/40.

Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both the teams have won their first game of this round. South Africa thump the USA while England defeated the West Indies.