ICC Women's World Cup 2017, England vs South Africa, Highlights and cricket result: ENG into final, SA distraught

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ICC Women's World Cup 2017, England vs South Africa, Highlights and cricket result: ENG into final, SA distraught
  • 22:22 (IST)

    The South Africa players were clearly devastated after losing a nail-biter but like Sarah Taylor says, you never want to be on the losing side of such encounters. They bowled well and fought hard till the last over but, more often than not, their fielding let them down. An excellent knock from Sarah Taylor and handy contributions from the captain Heather Knight, Fran Wilson and Jenny Gunn made sure England got over the line. 

    So, England make it to the World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday.

    Who will join them? Will it be India or six-time champions Australia.

    Join us on Thursday to find out. Same time. Same place.

    Until then. Goodbye and goodnight.

  • 22:05 (IST)

    South Africa captain Dane Van Niekerk: We thought we were 30 short, but knowing my team, we went out there believing and I'm really proud of the way they went about it. You always have to believe that you can win. I said to them that it was very close and with our bowling, anything can happen. Credit to Heather and her team. It was a great game of cricket and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We just hope we made everyone proud. We needed some Madiba magic, but we didn't get it today. But we had a great campaign.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    England captain Heather Knight: It was tight watching on the balcony but I'm absolutely delighted to get over the line. We are happy to put on a show for the crowd. The close games are the best to win but the worst to lose. Credit to South Africa too. What a game of cricket. The biggest prize is going to be the final at Lord's. (Watching from the dressing room) I'm not the best watcher at the best of times. I was pretty nervous, but I trusted the girls who were out there.

  • Most player of the match awards for England in Women's ODIs:
    17 - Charlotte Edwards 
    12 - SARAH TAYLOR*
    11 - Claire Taylor 

  • 21:59 (IST)

    Sarah Taylor is the Player of the match.

    Taylor: It (watching from the dressing room) wasn't the most enjoyable experience but happy to get through it. That was a little bit too tense, wasn't it? It was a great shot from Anya at the end, and Fran and Jenny batted really well. They (South Africa) played really well, and to lose like that must be heartbreaking. We've been there and know that feeling. The support we've had has been fantastic. The crowd has been fantastic. 

  • 21:57 (IST)

  • 21:57 (IST)

  • Teams playing most finals in Women's World Cup:
    8 - Australia 
    7 - ENGLAND*
    4 - New Zealand 
    1 - India, West Indies 

  • England hosting Women's World Cup:
    in 1973 - Winners
    in 1993 - Winners
    in 2017 - Already in the final 

  • 21:45 (IST)

    England are through to the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final. They beat South Africa by 2 wickets.

    Anya Shrubsole comes down the track and punches it through the covers for a boundary.

  • 21:44 (IST)

    OUT! Laura Marsh tries to slog across the line and is bowled by Ismail.

    49.3 overs

    England need 2 runs 3 balls.

    Anya Shrubsole comes to the crease.

  • 21:42 (IST)

    49.2 overs

    Gunn drives to cover and they race for a single. 

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Shabnim Ismail to bowl the final over.

    49.1 overs

    A sharp caught and bowled chance. Not taken but no run.

  • 21:40 (IST)

    After 49 overs, England 216/7 (Gunn 26, Marsh 1)

    Daniels bowls her 9th over and just 3 come off it.

    This is going down to the last over. What a nailbiter!

    England need just 3 runs off 6 balls.

  • 21:38 (IST)

    After 48 overs, England 213/7 (Gunn 22, Marsh 0)

    A wicket and 4 runs off Kapp's last over. She finishes with figures of 10-1-43-1.

    England need just 6 runs off 12 balls.

  • 21:37 (IST)

    OUT! Fran Wilson is out for a handy 30. Chetty finally hangs on to one. And it's a sensational catch.

    Laura Marsh is the new batswoman

  • 21:34 (IST)

    After 47 overs, England 209/6 (Wilson 28, Gunn 22)

    Ismail digs into her bag of tricks. But Gunn seems to read every alternate ball. She takes a couple off the first. Then, a dot. She smashes the 3rd down the ground for a boundary. Then, she swing and misses a slower ball. Then, she collects another boundary as she heaves a full toss to deep mid-wicket. Then, a yorker leads to a dot in the last ball.

    England need just 10 runs off 18 balls.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    After 46 overs, England 199/6 (Wilson 28, Gunn 12)

    Moseline Daniels comes back into the again. 4 consecutive singles off the first 4 balls. Wilson drives on the up off the fifth ball but another misfield at backward point and it races away to the boundary. A dot to finish off the over.

  • 21:26 (IST)

    After 45 overs, England 191/6 (Wilson 22, Gunn 10)

    Change of ends for Kapp now. Gunn powerfully whips the first ball for four to the deep midwicket boundary. She then takes a single. Kapp nails her yorkers but Chetty fumbles yet again behind the stumps and they concede a bye. To add insult to injury, the next ball a wide yorker is called wide despite being inside the tramline. And it happens the next ball again. That's gotta hurt. But the next three balls are dots.

  • 21:21 (IST)

    After 44 overs, England 183/6 (Wilson 22, Gunn 5)

    Dane van Niekark chopping and changing the bowlers as Shabnim Ismail comes back into the attack. Fran Wilson ramps it over the keeper for a lovely boundary.

    England need 36 runs off 36 balls.

  • 21:17 (IST)

    After 43 overs, England 177/6 (Wilson 17, Gunn 4)

    Change of ends for Daniels too and she gets Brunt. Gunn gets off the mark with a couple after Ismail at mid-on misfields. South Africa have to tidy up their fielding soon. This looks like it might go down to the wire.

  • 21:14 (IST)

    OUT! Brunt succumbs to the pressure built by South Africa. She comes down the track to Daniels and is bowled after the ball deflects off the pad and smashes into the stumps. She's gone for 12. 

    Jenny Gunn comes to the crease.

  • 21:12 (IST)

    After 42 overs, England 172/5 (Wilson 16, Brunt 12)

    Change of ends for Kapp. An underedge off the last ball bounces over the keeper to give them a second single off the last ball.

  • 21:08 (IST)

    After 41 overs, England 170/5 (Wilson 15, Brunt 11)

    Wilson and Brunt are trying to be more aggressive with their running between the wickets. Wilson takes a single off the first ball. A misfield at cover allows Brunt to take a couple of the second. One more single for Brunt off the final ball after 3 dots.

  • 21:07 (IST)

  • How a few wickets can change the complexion of a match. England looked in complete control, till that 78 run partnership was broken by a direct hit. And then Sune Luus has given the England camp some worry. 

    Luus has struggled to land the ball in the right areas, but  has picked up the wickets. Only one can really be said to have been a good ball. Luus has a knack of doing this, she took five wickets against Australia while bowling quite badly.

  • 21:03 (IST)

    After 40 overs, England 166/5 (Wilson 14, Brunt 8)

    Daniels bowls the last over of the 2nd batting powerplay. She gives away just 2 runs off it. England scored only 18 runs in the powerplay.

  • 21:01 (IST)

    After 39 overs, England 164/5 (Wilson 13, Brunt 7)

    Marizanne Kapp is back into the attack and England manage to milk 3 more runs. The run-rate required is around 5. There's no need for England to do anything flashy.

  • 20:56 (IST)

    After 38 overs, England 161/5 (Wilson 12, Brunt 5)

    Moseline Daniels comes back into the attack. A single off each of the first 4 balls followed by 2 dots.

    England need 58 runs off 72 balls.

  • 20:53 (IST)

    After 37 overs, England 157/5 (Wilson 10, Brunt 3)

    Ismail bowls a good, tight over to build pressure on the hosts. Just the 1 single from WIlson off it.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    After 36 overs, England 156/5 (Wilson 9, Brunt 3)

    It's the 2nd batting Powerplay and Luus is into her fifth over. Wilson plays a lovely reverse-sweep behind backward point for a boundary.

    9 runs off the over.

    England trying to wrestle the momentum back from South Africa after that mini-collapse.

  • Are South Africa cricket's chokers? Well, it's not the story here at least as South Africa Women are back in the game with three wickets in a span of 12 balls. The onus will be on England to make a comeback from here. 

  • 20:45 (IST)

    After 35 overs, England 147/5 (Wilson 3, Brunt 1)

    ​Ismail continues and Brunt gets off the mark with an edge down to third man.

    England require another 72 runs from 90 balls. They have 5 wickets in hand.

  • 20:42 (IST)

    After 34 overs, England 145/5 (Wilson 2, Brunt 0)

    Sune Luus swings it back South Africa's way. It was hardly the best over of the match but she gets two big wickets and more importantly, beings two new batswomen to the crease.

    And it all started from a run out.

  • 20:41 (IST)

    OUT! Sciver plays an ill-advised sweep and is bowled round her legs as the leg break from Luus turns sharply. She is out for 3.

    Katherine Brunt is the new batswoman.

  • 20:38 (IST)


    Would you believe it? Luus bowls a loose full toss and Knight sweeps it off the middle of the bat to Laura Wolvaardt at square leg. Knight's out for 30.

    Fran Wilson comes to the crease

  • 20:37 (IST)

    After 33 overs, England 141/3 (Knight 30, Sciver 2)

    Ismail comes into the attack and Taylor's run out the very first ball. Natalie Sciver gets off the mark in typical fashion with a 'Natmeg' for two. 2 runs and a wicket off the over.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    OUT! Sarah Taylor is run out for 54. Knight dabs it into the covers and hares for a single but a direct hit from skipper van Niekerk catches Taylor short at the keeper's end.

    Natalie Sciver comes to the crease.

  • Sarah Taylor has moved on to her third fifty of the tournament, and given India one foot in the final. And that seems to be what the public think, because as England have gotten closer to the target, tickets for the final at Lords have been sold out. It is a huge step forward in making women's cricket a marketable product. 

  • Sarah Taylor becomes the first wicket-keeper to score three fifty-plus scores in a single edition of Women's World Cup.

  • 20:29 (IST)

    After 32 overs, England 139/2 (Taylor 54, Knight 30)

    Taylor gets to her 18th ODI fifty with a single. Knight hoicks the first ball over midwicket for four and Taylor clips it elegantly for four more off the last ball. It looks like England want to wrap this up soon

  • 20:26 (IST)

    After 31 overs, England 128/2 (Taylor 49, Knight 24)

    What a shot! Taylor takes the ball from way outside off and whips it to the square leg boundary. Five runs off the Kapp over.

  • 20:22 (IST)

    After 30 overs, England 123/2 (Taylor 45, Knight 23)

    Moseline Daniels comes back into the attack and begins with a wide down leg side. After 4 dots, Knight takes a single driving it to cover.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    After 29 overs, England 121/2 (Taylor 45, Knight 22)

    Taylor brings in her novelty shots. She scoops the first ball over the keeper for a boundary. Then, the more traditional pull to the square-leg boundary for four more. Easy! All too easy!

  • 20:16 (IST)

    After 28 overs, England 113/2 (Taylor 37, Knight 22)

    Luus into her 3rd over and Taylor and Knight bring up their fifty partnership. They're doing this comfortably and they don't seem to be in any hurry.

  • 20:13 (IST)

    After 27 overs, England 109/2 (Taylor 35, Knight 20)

    Birthday girl Ayabonga Khaka bowls through and completes her quota finishing with figures of 10-2-28-2. You'd say she's had a pretty good day.

    But can the other bowlers match her performance?

  • 20:11 (IST)

    After 26 overs, England 107/2 (Taylor 34, Knight 19)

    Luus continues and 3 singles milked. England need 112 runs from 24 overs. South Africa need wickets and desperately.

  • 20:07 (IST)

    After 25 overs, England 104/2 (Taylor 32, Knight 18)

    It looks like van Niekerk wants to bowl Khaka's 10 overs up front. A wide and three singles off it.

  • 20:05 (IST)

    After 24 overs, England 100/2 (Taylor 30, Knight 17)

    One leg spinner replaces another. Sune Luus comes into the attack and it's more of the same. More singles follow. Luus tries something funky in the last ball and it bounces twice but Knight can't capitalise.

  • 20:00 (IST)

    After 23 overs, England 96/2 (Taylor 28, Knight 15)

    Taylor and Knight trade 4 singles between each other off Khaka's 8th over.

On a roll after winning six matches on the trot, hosts England have an upper hand against South Africa in the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup here on Tuesday.

England bounced back well from the opening defeat to India, including a 68-run victory over South Africa, while the Proteas have won four, lost two and had one game washed out due to rain in the World Cup.

Going into the first knock-out encounter, both teams are expected to start afresh and bring out their A game.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk (L) and England captain Heather Knight (R). Twitter/@ICC

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk (L) and England captain Heather Knight (R). Twitter/@ICC

While England boast of a strong batting line-up led by their opening batswoman Tammy Beaumont, the tournament's leading run-getter with 372 runs from her seven innings, South Africa will hope for skipper Dane van Niekerk, the 2017 World Cup's highest wicket-taker (15 from six matches), will rip apart the home side's batting.

England's fortunes will also bank on the form of skipper Heather Knight and senior batswomen Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson and stumper Sarah Taylor.

But with a place in the Lord's final as the prize for Tuesday's winner, Beaumont says both teams go into the game with a clean slate.

"We did beat them in the group game, but it is going to be a clean slate on Tuesday with a lot more to play for and they will come out hard and try and make up for that defeat in the group stages," she said.

"We have put the loss to India behind us and we have gone from strength to strength as the tournament has progressed, there are still a few areas our coach will want us to work on, but that is the good thing about us. We always want to learn and we always want to get better and we have a chance to do that."

Beaumont said, "I think the best part of our squad is that someone different steps up every single game. Heather Knight was excellent against West Indies with a really crucial knock and Alex Hartley with the ball."

"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semi-final," she added.

On the other hand, back from a 59-run loss to Australia, the South African skipper believed taht the pressure is on the hosts to proceed to the final.

"We're excited, we know any team that is in the semi-final is going to be tough to beat, so we're going to have to bring our very best," Dane said.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us at all, I don't think most people thought we would be here. In that sense, I'm very proud of the girls, it's our first semi-final since 2000," she added.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 22:23 PM

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