South Africa maintained their winning streak in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 as they registered their first victory over England in two decades, while the team is yet to win their first game in the tournament.
Player of the Match winner Marizzane Kapp starred both with the bat and the ball to take the team towards a comprehensive three-wicket victory. She played a stellar knock of 32 off 42 balls while also taking her first ODI five-for to leave England strangled at the Bay Oval ground on Monday, March 14.
South Africa was well-placed on 147 for 2 in the 35th over after opting to bowl first and holding England to 235 runs. They then lost three wickets for 22 runs. After Kapp was removed by Anya Shrubsole, they required 57 runs off the final 10 overs, 31 off the last five, and ten off the last ten balls. Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail, who was only able to bowl half of her overs due to an injury to her left big toe, finished the chase with four balls to spare.
Laura Wolvaardt, who became South Africa’s highest run-scorer at World Cups, played a major role in setting up a strong chase for her sides scoring 77 runs as she built a 56-run partnership with Tazmin Brits (23).
England paid the price for their inept fielding. The team dropped three crucial catches while missing out on a stumping. Amy Jones missed out on the stumping of Wolvaardt, the top-scorer of the opponents.
With this victory, South Africa has moved up to the second position trailing Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup points table with three wins in three matches. The defending champions, on the other hand, are languishing at the second last position of the points table with no wins so far in the tournament.
Women’s World Cup SA vs ENG Brief Scores: South Africa 236 for 7 (Wolvaardt 77, Luus 36, Kapp 32, Shrubsole 2-34) beat England 235 for 9 (Beaumont 62, Jones 53, Kapp 5-45, Klaas 2-23) by three wickets