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South Africa gave a scare to the hosts after they took 4 wickets for 34 runs between the 32nd and 42nd over. However, England held their nerve and Jenny Gunn ensured her team crossed the victory line. Also Read - Ashes 2021: England Will Lose 5-0, Absolutely Flabbergasted With The Team Picked, Says Former England Batter
South African keeper Trisha Shetty took a blinder of a catch to dismiss Fran Wilson for 30 runs in the 47th over but it was too late.
England were cruising at 139/2 when South Africa halted their progress. However, the lower order of the English side especially Wilson (30 runs) and Jenny Gunn (27*) helped their team reach the finals.
Chasing a target of 219, England were dealt an early blow as they lost opener Lauren Winfield for 20 runs.
Ayabonga Khaka bowled a good delivery to dismiss Winfield. The other English opener TT Beaumont soon followed her partner after getting bowled by Khaka in the 13th over.
Sarah Taylor played a gritty knock of 54 before getting run out by van Niekerk. Captain Heather Knight also went back to the pavilion for 30 runs.
Both Taylor and Knight had a partnership of 78 runs.
England lost 3 wickets in quick succession for 6 runs losing Sciver, Knight and Taylor.
Sune Luus took both the wickets of Sciver and Knight.
Choosing to bat, South Africa openers treaded cautiously but England bowler Anya Shrubsole took the first wicket of Lizelle Lee. Lee was out for 7 runs.
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Shrubsole struck in the 6th over when the Proteas were on 21 runs.
Next up was Trisha Shetty who took a while to get off the mark. After hitting two quick boundaries, she was deceived by Natalie Sciver’s delivery and was stumped by the English keeper for 15 runs.
L Wolvaardt played a brilliant innings of 66 runs hitting 8 boundaries in the process before getting out in the 32nd over off Heather Knight’s delivery.
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M du Peez remained unbeaten on 76 from 95 balls. She hit 5 fours to ensure her team reached a defendable total of 218 runs. It was her valiant effort that helped the Proteas cross the 200-run mark.
England used seven bowlers in total. Shrubsole, Sciver, Knight and Jenny Gunn took a wicket each.