On Monday, England and South Africa locked horns against each other in the 13th match of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.
Batting first, England did not get off to the best of starts as they lost their opening batter Danielle Wyat (3 runs off 8 balls) cheaply in the second over. Captain Heather Knight too departed in quick succession as she made her way back to the hut in just the sixth over after scoring nine runs off 11 balls. The only centurion for England in this World Cup campaign so far, Natalie Sciver too did not have a great outing with the bat as she was dismissed for 16 runs off 24 balls. England were struggling at 3-42 in 11.3 overs before opening batter Tammy Beaumont and wicket-keeper Amy Jones came together to stitch a 107-run partnership for the fourth wicket. The duo gave England the kind of solidity they needed after losing three quick wickets. Once Beaumont (62 runs off 97 balls) and Jones (53 runs off 74 balls) departed, England kept losing wickets at regular wickets. Towards the end, Sophia Dunkley contributed a useful 38-ball 26 to help England post a score in excess of 200. At the end of 50 overs, England piled up a fighting score of 9-235.
For South Africa, their star all-rounder Marizanne Kapp was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 5-45 in her 10 overs, including one maiden. This was Kapp’s maiden five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. The other right-arm seamer in Masabata Klass struck with 2-23 in her eight overs, including one maiden. Ayabonga Khaka accounted for 1-59 in her 10 overs. Shabnim Ismail and the spin twins in captain Sune Luus and Chloe Tryon went wicket-less. Ismail could not complete her full quota of 10 overs due to a toe injury.
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England have set a target of 236 for South Africa. Can South Africa chase down the target and register their third straight win of their World Cup campaign? Or will the defending champions England clinch their first win of the tournament? Stay tuned to find out.
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