AFTER topping the pool stage, England heads into its
Women’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Bristol
(7:30pm AEST) as favourites.
Heather Knight’s side won six of its seven matches in the group
stage, bouncing back from a shock defeat against India in the
tournament curtain-raiser to beat Australia to top spot in the
pool via net run-rate.
South Africa meanwhile is looking to bounce back from a
thumping at the hands of Australia.
Beat by 59 runs on Saturday, Dane van Niekerk’s side sunk from
second in the pool to fourth.
The South Africans will be banking on big performances from
captain van Niekerk (15 wickets at 8.33, econ. 3.26) and seamer
Marizanne Kapp (12 at 17.41, econ. 4.49) — the competition’s
top two wicket-takers — with the ball and a return to form with
the bat from Lizelle Lee (262 at 52.40, strike rate of 106.07).
The opener has posted scores of nine and zero in her past two
Meanwhile, England go into the match with a batting order in
fine form, with Tammy Beaumont (372 at 53.14), Heather Knight
(333 at 55.50), Natalie Sciver (315 at 52.50 and Sarah Taylor
(297 at 49.50) all among the competition’s top 10 run-scorers
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Originally published as
Live WWC blog: England v South Africa semi-final