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ICC Women's World Cup 2017: England Clash With South Africa For Place in Final

AFP |July 18, 2017, 1:23 PM IST
ICC Women's World Cup 2017: England Clash With South Africa For Place in Final

England can book a place in the Women’s World Cup final if they beat South Africa on Tuesday as they go in search of a first major trophy in eight years.

The pair meet in the first semi-final at Bristol, a ground on which they played out a record-breaking encounter earlier in this tournament.

Both sides surpassed the 300 mark on that occasion, going on to make 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women’s one-day international history.

Opener Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 148 and will once again be the key threat for England.

Beaumont and Sarah Taylor (147) shared a 275-run stand in a match where England beat the Proteas by 68 runs.

But it was captain Heather Knight who led from the front with a valuable 62 as England defeated the West Indies at Bristol last Saturday to finish top of the group table, having won six straight games since a surprise opening loss to India.

"The best part about our squad is that someone steps up every single game," said Beaumont.

"Heather had a crucial knock with the bat and then everyone did their bit with the ball and that's really important.

"We all need to be on form heading into a semi-final."

Their latest victory meant England could stay put to enjoy two full days of preparation in southwest city Bristol ahead of playing again in front of the loudest home support they’ve experienced during the World Cup.

They will, however, have to once again overcome new-ball duo Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail, described as the “best opening pair in the world” by South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk.

Contenders for the most improved side in women’s cricket, this is South Africa’s first World Cup semi-final since 2000.

Whoever wins this contest will play either reigning champions Australia or India in Sunday's final at Lord's.

SQUADS: England Women's Team (From): Lauren Winfield, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor(w), Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss

South Africa Women's Team (From): Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty(w), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Dane van Niekerk(c), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Odine Kirsten, Chloe Tryon

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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