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Shrubsole, Sciver heroics knock South Africa out

17 Nov 2018, 08:52 GMT+10

England XX for X (Wyatt 27, Beaumont 24) beat South Africa 85 (Tryon 27, Sciver 3-4, Shrubsole 3-11) by seven wickets

Another crunch game, another heartburn for South Africa.

Two nights after sensationally losing 9 for 28 against West Indies, South Africa collapsed from 55 for 4 to 85 all out, with Anya Shrubsole, Player of the Final at last year's World Cup, taking a hat-trick to hasten the end. In the absence of Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, who took the new ball, bowled an incredible 20 dot balls and finished with 3 for 4 to set up the game.

The pair had a combined contribution of 6 for 14 on the face of South Africa's block-block-slog approach to hand the advantage on a platter to England. The target hardly caused a flutter, England blasting the runs in just 14.1 overs to put themselves in an excellent position to make the semi-finals.

England blasted five boundaries in the first four overs, with Danielle Wyatt quickly unsettling the fast bowlers by giving them the charge. She raced to 17 off 14 balls, but shouldn't have lasted beyond the first over, Chloe Tryon let her off by missing a direct hit at the bowler's end from mid-off. This would repeat itself three more times; Tryon missing on each occasion.

With South Africa's intensity and energy on the field lacking, the game was sealed even before the Powerplay finished. England lost a clutch of wickets, but it hardly caused a flutter.

England packed their side with three left-arm spinners and choked South Africa upfront. Lizelle Lee, who has been struggling for timing and form, ate up deliveries and limped to 3 off 15 in the first five overs. Having consumed time and overs, she played all around a full Sciver delivery. The wheels truly came off when Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk fell in the space of thee deliveries to leave South Africa reeling at 30 for 4 in the ninth over.

In all, South Africa played out 43 dots in the first 10 overs, lost too many wickets and then got into a tangle with a lengthy lower order with untested batting credentials. Chloe Tryon tried to provide a late lift by muscling two sixes and a four in her 27, but fell in trying to score runs amid a clutch of lower order wickets.

England also lost three quick wickets, but their pulsating start in pursuit of a small target left them with no hiccups, Heather Knight and Amy Jones seeing them through without much fuss.

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