South Africa have given themselves a real chance in the England vs South Africa live stream — they'll need to bowl England out for 131 or less in order to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2021.
That's because they made a mammoth 189/2 in their innings, batting first after England won the toss in Sharjah.
Rassie van der Dussen was the star, making 95 off 60 and hitting several massive sixes. He was ably supported by Aiden Markram (52 off 25) as several England bowlers, including Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, were taken apart.
With Australia winning comfortably against West Indies earlier, South Africa now know exactly what they need in order to get through; restrict England to 131 or less and they will leapfrog the Aussies on net run-rate and make it through to the final four.
Of course England have plenty of talent and could well still win this. In fact, they have the tournament's best batsman in Jos Buttler, a player who's averaging 214 with a strike rate of 154. Add in Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone and you have a formidable batting unit.
England are as good as through to the semi-final stage already, but it's not guaranteed; they'll need to make at least 87 in order to qualify.
Here's how they line up:
England: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Eoin Morgan (c), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Adil Rashid
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Temba Bavuma (c), 6 David Miller, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
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Can South Africa make it into the semi-finals? You can find out by watching the England vs South Africa live stream at the T20 World Cup.
And don't forget to visit our full T20 World Cup 2021 hub for a guide to how to watch every game, plus fixtures, tables and more.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream wherever you are
The England vs South Africa live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?
The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.
Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sky Sports or another service and watch the T20 contest.
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How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in the UK
The England vs South Africa live stream will be shown live in the U.K. on Sky Sports and via the Sky Go app. You'll be able to find it on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting at 1.30 p.m on Cricket and 3 p.m. on Main Event, after the Manchester United vs Manchester City live stream ends. The T20 match starts at 2 p.m. GMT (the clocks have gone back, remember, so it's an hour earlier than before).
If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £22/month to add those channels. If you don't have Sky at all, it'll cost you at least £41/month, depending on which other channels you choose.
Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV.
Another option is Sky's Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £19.99 or month-long access for £33.99. It's available on virtually every streaming device and is a great option if you just want to watch for a fixed period.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the England vs South Africa live stream by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in the US
If you choose the Willow TV route, you can watch via various cable packages including Dish, Fios, Spectrum, Xfinity and more.
But if you've cut the cord and don't have cable, don't worry — because you can also watch Willow via Sling TV. You'll need a Sling subscription, which costs $35 for either the Orange or Blue package, and can then add Willow TV for $10/month or $60/year.
However, right now Sling is offering a 30-day trial for the bargain price of $10 and Willow TV is offering its first month for just $5 — so you could watch the entire T20 World Cup 2021 for just $15.
But what if you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now? As we explained above, your best bet will be to use a VPN such as ExpressVPN so you can access them wherever you are and watch the England vs South Africa live stream as if you were sat at home.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in Australia
Aussies may well have an eye on the England vs South Africa live stream, given the effect it could have on their own chances of reaching the semi finals. They have a couple of options for where to watch it, in the form of Fox Sports or Kayo Sports.
Fox is available as part of many pay TV packages, but if you don't already have it then Kayo might be a better bet. It can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $25 AUD per month for the basic package.
Plus, there's a 14-day free trial available for Kayo if you want to try the service before committing to a subscription.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch the England vs South Africa live stream on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the England vs South Africa live stream on Sky Sport. This costs $57.98 NZD per month, or $31.99/month extra if you already have Sky but not Sport. Plus there's currently an offer which gives you your first month free when you sign up for a year.
Alternatively, you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in India
If you're cutting the cord and going the Hotstar route, you can pay Rs. 499/year for the new Mobile plan, which lets you watch on one mobile device, Rs. 899/year for the Super plan (2 devices, including TVs and laptops) or Rs. 1499 for Premium (4 devices plus 4K). There's more details here.
If you already subscribe to one of those services but are outside of India right now, you can simply choose one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN to follow the England vs South Africa live stream wherever you are are.
How to watch the England vs South Africa live stream in Pakistan
Lucky cricket fans in Pakistan can watch the England vs South Africa live stream on the state-owned channel PTV Sports — which means they can enjoy the game for free.
It also means they can tune in via the PTV Sports website, where they can follow the England vs South Africa live stream without needing to sign up or create a registration of any kind.
Of course if you're usually based in Pakistan but aren't there right now, you can still enjoy your local coverage, for free, simply by signing up for a VPN such as ExpressVPN to live stream the action wherever you are are.
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