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Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: England And South Africa Set Up Semifinal Clash

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Group One winner Australia will play Group Two runner-up India on Thursday, with England and South Africa meeting on Friday.

England and South Africa qualified to meet in the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup semifinals after both brigades won their final group matches at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.

England- which was formerly assured of a place in the last four- settled top place in Group Two with a crushing 114- run palm over Pakistan.

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 10 lattices in the alternate match of a double- title but despite the periphery of palm wasn’t entirely satisfying.

Group One winner Australia will play Group Two runner- up India on Thursday, with England and South Africa meeting on Friday.

Both semifinals and Sunday’s final will be played at Newlands.

Nat Sciver- Brunt articulated England’s attacking approach under new trainer Jon Lewis after picking up her third player of the match award in four jaunts.

Sciver- Brunt hit 81 not out out 40 balls as England powered its way to 213 for five, a Women’s T20 World Cup record.

“We agreed in our planning to put the pressure back on the other platoon, ” said Sciver- Brunt.

“That means we take it to the bowlers, not so important to knock it around and put a cooperation together but try to put the bowlers under pressure and play to your strengths.”

She said the policy was also aggressive with the ball. “ We really concentrate on taking lattices, ” she said.

England reduced Pakistan to 54 for seven before number nine batter Tuba Hassan hit 28 to enable it to finish with 99 for nine.

South Africa won with 13 balls to spare after confining Bangladesh to 113 for six.

Laura Wolvaardt made 66 not out and Tazmin Brits was unbeaten on 50.

“It was a bit of a nervy launch, ” admitted South African captain Sune Luus after a shaky morning to the host platoon’s innings which followed a lower than assessing performance in the field.

“But we backed them and they’re world- class players, ” Luus said of the opening brace.

Luus also praised the South African bowlers, saying, “ They were excellent, 113 was below par on this gate. ”

South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka all had two triumphs from their four matches in Group One but South Africa had a superior net run rate to finish second in the group behind unbeaten Australia.

No Bangladesh batter was suitable to score further than captain Nigar Sultana’s 30 but aggressive handling between lattices enabled them to keep the score moving, backed by some nervy crimes in the field by South Africa.

“We weren’t suitable to score enough runs in the Power Play, ” said Nigar.

There were anxious moments for South Africa at the launch of their innings.

Wolvaardt was given out leg before gate to Marufa Akter, Bangladesh’s emotional 18- time-old opening bowler, before a run had been scored but survived on review.

Tazmin was dropped off Nahida Akter in the coming over and Wolvaardt should have been run out in the third over.

“When you’re defending a small aggregate you need to take all your chances, ” said Nigar. Know More Women Cricket News…

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