Shell-shocked by Gayle's record 47-ball century, England are required to win against the Proteas, to whom they lost 0-2 in the tune-up to the tournament, if they are to progress to the semifinals from Group 1.

The 2010 champions' under-fire bowlers and fielders will be up against a strong rival batting line-up comprising the innovative AB de Villiers – holder of the world's fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs, big-hitting David Miller and the solidity of captain Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy.

The key, perhaps, would be how effectively England's spinners – Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali – can perform after being sent to the cleaners by the big-swinging bat of Gayle who struck successive sixes into the top tiers of the Wankhede stadium off both these slow bowlers.

They were tilted over for 171 as recently as February 21 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg by the Dale Steyn-less Proteas' bowling attack comprising young tearaway Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir.

South Africa chased the target for the loss of just one wicket with openers de Villiers and Hashim Amla smashing half centuries to help the side complete a 2-0 win.

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