Confident England have momentum - Root


England batsman Joe Root believes his team's unlikely win over South Africa will hold them in good stead for the rest of the World Twenty20.

Root led his side to the second-highest chase in T20 history on Friday as his 44-ball 83 saw them make 230-8 with two balls remaining, in response to South Africa's 229-4 in Mumbai.

The 25-year-old said the win would set his team up for the rest of the tournament, in which they sit third in Group 1 with a victory and a loss.

"We didn't play our absolute best," Root said.

"We can still win a game of cricket chasing down a score like that, so that will give everyone in the squad massive confidence going forward regardless whether it's bat or ball.

"And hopefully that can give us a bit of momentum now to go through the rest of the group stage."

Opener Jason Roy made 43 for England, while all of the top six managed double figures - including Jos Buttler (21) and Eoin Morgan (12).

Root said the experience of Buttler and Morgan was particularly crucial for him.

"When you have guys at the other end like Jos, who has done special things in the shorter format of the game, and they're talking you through it, all the time, and keeping you calm, it makes it a lot easier," he said.

"To have Morgs, Jos, those guys who have played a lot of Twenty20 cricket around these young talented players that we've got in the squad, it helps them develop and it helps them take the pressure off them and they certainly help me.

"I've not played massive amounts of this format, and to have those guys around me it makes it a hell of a lot easier."