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Proteas booking semi-final spot as easy as AB

A BRILLIANT knock of 69 off 29 balls by South Africa's AB de Villiers knocked England out of the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Batting first, the Proteas reached a competitive 5-196 from their 20 overs thanks to the whirlwind hitting from de Villiers (pictured), and also opener Hashim Amla who made 56 off 37 balls.

Despite eight players reaching double figures, England fell three runs short.

The win meant South Africa qualified for the semi-finals from Group 1, alongside the winner of tonight's match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

After winning its first three games, India also qualified for the semis from Group 2, regardless of the result in last night's match against Australia. The Aussies needed to win to keep their faint finals hopes alive.

Australia's women's team qualified for the semi-finals after beating Pakistan by 94 runs in its final group game.

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