Women World Cup 2017 enters the semi-final stage. The first fixture of the stage is between England and South Africa. The Bristol match is certain to came up as an intense faceoff as both the sides excels in their own ways. While England has boosted its batting to a formidable level, South Africa formed up its bowling to a remarkable height. England is a former World Champion. However, the last time they made it to the final, also nicking the game, was back in 2009. Meanwhile, Team South Africa became a new star in the circuit. A semi-final match between the two sides would have been quite unimaginable back in last world cup season. The way South Africa Women progressed in the format is phenomenal. They are, in fact, among the favorites this season along with the likes of Australia.
England is among the best teams in batting fronts this season until now. The team lost only once to India, in the opening tussle. Since then, it has been a six-victory stretch, back to back for Skipper Heather Knight. The team registered the two top scores of the season. The 377 against Pakistan and 373 against South Africa are high points. The defeat in the same venue earlier will have an impact on semi-finalist South Africa. However, it depends on how its bowlers handle it.
While England is bolstered with players like Tammy Beaumont who knocked two centuries in previous matches and the captain herself, South Africa has Dane van Niekerk, who has three four-wickets haul the tournament so far. Also, Marizanne Kapp is world number 1 currently. England’s batting certainly has loopholes, as exposed by India as well. However, South Africa must be apt enough to find them.
With England on the show and Bristol being the venue, a high scoring match is expected. England’s top defense in bowling is a bit slogged, while South Africa players has been running below hefty scores this season. Per Tammy Beaumont, in semi-finals, each of England’s players are important and are keys to the match. Dane van Niekerk does not think her team is on pressure. However, she thinks the match is going to be tough and to beat it they will have to bring the “very best”.
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