Root: Beating SA is a ‘massive result’ for us


England batsman Joe Root hailed their World T20 record win against South Africa in Mumbai on Friday as a 'massive result', saying they have a talented group of players.

Root scored a brilliant 83 from just 44 balls as he guided England to the second highest run chase in T20I cricket as they chased down 230 to win in the last over with eight wickets down.

England came into the game under pressure having lost to the West Indies in their tournament opener but Root hopes the win over the Proteas will help them kick on.

The 25-year-old Root told reporters after the game: "It's a massive result and it's filling us with confidence now.

"At the halfway stage we were up against it but the fact we can pull performances like that out with the bat will give us a lot of confidence going in to the rest of the group stage and hopefully further on as well.

"To do something like that in a World Cup is very special for me personally. There's no better feeling than winning a game of cricket when you're up against it.

"You've always got a chance in this format of the game, especially with the performers we've got in that dressing room.

"Thankfully it all came off and we got across the line. This is a talented group of players who are capable of doing special things."

England's next game is against Afghanistan in Delhi on Wednesday.