England and South Africa registered wins on Sunday in their respective Group B matches ensuring a semi-final berth in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020. While England defeated West Indies by 46 runs, South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs. Also Read - West Indies Cricket Board Approves 'Bio-secure' Test Tour of England in July
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led India side became the first side to make the semis cut as they remained unbeaten in the group stage. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar's Hilarious Response to Kid Who Wants to Become Shahid Afridi is Unmissable | WATCH VIDEO
Opting to bat first in the crucial Group B clash, South Africa posted a decent 136 for six thanks to a late assault from the 20-year-old Laura Wolvaardt (53 not out), who hit four boundaries in the final eight balls of the innings. Also Read - COVID-19 Crisis: ECB Delays Start of Domestic Season Till August But Windies Series in July Likely to go Ahead
With Pakistan only managing 119 for five, South Africa earned a third successive win to join India in securing a place in Thursday’s semifinals.
“I really enjoyed it. (Pitch) A bit slower and lower than we expected. The message came back quickly from our openers. So, we were able to talk about it and adapt,” said Player of the match Wolvaardt.
In the other Group B clash, England won the toss and decided to bat first. Thanks to Natalie Sciver’s (57 off 56 balls) fifty, England posted 143 for five in 20 overs.
Chasing 144 to win, West Indies were skittled for 98 runs in 17.1 overs as Sophie Ecclestone emerged the wrecker-in-chief picking three for seven runs in 3.1 overs.
England won the match by 46 runs and booked themselves a semi-final spot.
“It was a bit slow, playing across the line wasn’t the best idea. We knew we had to run well. Wyatt is a great runner. The game before ours was similar too. We knew we had to bat smart,” said Sciver while receiving the player of the match award.
England and South Africa currently have six points apiece but Proteas still have a game to go in the league stage and with a win could top the group which would mean they will avoid an in-form Indian side.