South Africa advances to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup semi-finals

by A Sravani

South Africa progresses to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup semi-finals, while England wins a record-breaking game

South Africa advanced to the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup, while England won a record-breaking game on the penultimate day of the group stage.

South Africa

They needed to win their match against Bangladesh.  The second of a double-header at Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town, to advance to the knockout stages.

Bangladesh, who were already eliminated, elected to bat after winning the toss and accumulated . 113 for six from 20 overs, with skipper Nigar Sultana Joty top hitting with 30.  South Africa reached their goal without losing a wicket and with 13 balls to spare . South Africa began their innings slowly and fell behind the needed run rate at the midway mark, scoring only 43 runs in the first ten overs. The Proteas,  surged in the second part of the innings, due largely to Laura Wolvaardt’s 66 runs off 56 balls.

Tazmin Brits

Batted alongside her at the crease and finished 50 not out from 51 balls.  As South Africa advanced to the semi-finals against England on Friday (February 24). England set a new record of 213 for five in the opening game of the day. In becoming the first nation to reach 200 runs in a Women’s T20 World Cup competition.

Natalie Sciver-Brunt was England’s outstanding hitter, going undefeated on 81 off 40 balls with 12 fours and a six. Starter Danni Wyatt scored 59, while wicketkeeper Amy Jones added 47, with Sciver-Brunt and Jones putting up a 100-run partnership off 46 balls. In response, Pakistan lost their first wicket to the second delivery of the innings, but they batted through their overs, totaling 99 for nine, with Tuba Hassan leading the way with 28.

England won by 114 runs, the largest margin of victory in a Women’s T20 World Cup match, and will go into their semi-final against the hosts full of confidence.

The tournament’s first semi-final is scheduled for Thursday (February 23), and it will be a rematch of the 2020 final, with holders Australia taking against India.


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