Women's World Cup

WWC : 1st SEMI-FINAL – ENGLAND WOMEN VS SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN – FANTASY PREVIEW

The ICC Women’s World Cup enters into Knock Out stage with the first semi-final clash between England Women vs South Africa Women on Tuesday. England, the hosts of the tournament topped the points table with 6 victories in 7 league matches and their opponents South Africa enters into semi-final as fourth team with 4 wins and 9 points. As a winner will advances to Final, both teams are expected to bring their A-game on match-day. First semi-final match is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM Local | 3 PM IST on Tuesday, 18th July 2017.

 

ENGLAND :

Six consecutive wins in last six matches drives the home team England to top of the table and qualifies into semi-final with solid net run rate. After losing the first match by 35 runs to India, England came back so strong and their all round performances in each match brought them into this stage. All the batswomen and bowlers contributed for the team in different occasions and those collective efforts made the team strong. The home crowd may turn into big numbers and that atmosphere would help the team in this big game.

Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont opens the innings for England. Lauren yet to play big innings in the tournament. She managed to score only 73 runs in 5 innings, some sort of chances for her to stand up in this game. Tammy Beaumont had a pretty good league stage matches, as he scored runs in almost every match in the tournament. She scored 373 runs in 7 innings and her high score was 148 against the same opponent South Africa. She also scored 93 runs against New Zealand, she is a key player for England and with the form she is in, lot of fantasy points are assured. Wicket keeper batswoman Sarah Taylor scored plenty of runs in the tournament. She scored match winning 147 runs against South Africa and also scored 74* against Sri Lanka. As a wicket keeper, she gives you more points with catches and stumpings too. She managed to score only 8 and 0 in last 2 innings, but she may come back into form with big scores again on Tuesday. The skipper Heather Knight also has a good tournament where she scored runs and also picked crucial breakthroughs with her off-spin. Heather hits one century and two half-centuries already in the tournament and picked 7 wickets too.

The all rounder Natalie Sciver maintains strike over 100 in ODI cricket. She smashed two huge centuries in the tournament so far. She scored 137 against Pakistan and also smashed 129 against New Zealand. With a bowl, she grabbed 6 wickets which includes 3 for 3 runs against West Indies on Saturday. She comes under must pick player category for fantasy players. Fran Wilson played 6 out of 7 matches and she batted in 4 innings till now. She scored 81 runs against India and she bats in the middle-order. Katherine Brunt is an one of the most experienced player in the squad. She used to score quick runs at end overs and she is key with her bowling skills. She claimed only 5 wickets in 7 matches, but her economical spells helps the team in big ways. Jenny Gunn is an another experienced all rounder in the team. She played 5 matches and contributed with both bat and bowl. Laura Marsh played only 3 matches so far and she proved her skills by taking 6 wickets includes 4 for 45 against Sri Lanka. Alex Hartley and Anya Shrubsole are other notable bowlers in the team. Alex claimed 8 wickets in 6 matches while Anya picked 5 wickets in 7 matches. Danielle Hazell also in the squad and she has some chances to be in the XI.

 

SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN :

South Africa has started as one of the favorite in the tournament and they had done a good job in league stages. But, two losses against England and Australia pushed South Africa down to no. 4 in the points table. As they are playing a knock out game against England in this semi-final game, South Africa needs a must win to advances into Final. Strong batting and bowling performances are the reason for South Africa’s good show in the tournament. They have bowled out West Indies for just 48 runs and also bowled out Sri Lanka for 101 runs. South Africans also defeated India by the margin of 115 runs. Dominating bowling efforts of South Africa did not work out well against England in the league match. If they run through over England’s batting order on Tuesday, South Africa will feature in Final.

The openers Laura Wolvaardt and Lizalle Lee has shown consistent performances with the bat. Laura has scored three half-centuries in 6 innings while her partner Lizelle also scored three half-centuries in same no. of innings. Both of them are providing solid opening stand for their team and their partnership is a key at top of the order for South Africa. Both are a key players and could expect another good start from these openers. Wicket keeper Trisha Chetty used to bat at no. 3, but she is yet to score half-century in the tournament. The experienced Mignon du Preez also yet to score half-century, but she contributed with useful runs in almost every match that she batted. She may play a crucial role in this semi-final clash on Tuesday. The experienced all rounder in the side, Marizanne Kapp has huge role to play in this game. She has done a good job with bowl, when she claimed 11 wickets in 6 innings. She picked 4 for 14 against West Indies and also picked 3 for 77 against England. She yet to play good knock with the bat, but her batting records proves her batting talents. That means she may show all round performances in this big game.

Captain of the team Dane van Niekerk leads from the front and her performances with a bowl in the tournament proves her worth in the side. She scored crucial 57 runs against India with the bat. With a bowl, she claimed 15 wickets in 6 innings, which includes 4 wickets haul in three different occasions. At present, she is the bowling super star of South Africa and expected her to pick more wickets on Tuesday. Chloe Tryon scored quick half-century against England Women. Except that performances, she has not done anything in the tournament and she was dropped in the last league game against Australia. Sune Luus picked 8 wickets in 6 matches and her bowling spell of 5 for 67 against Australia on Saturday, makes her confident and that may reflexes in this game. Shabnim Ismail bowls impressive and economical spells quite often for South Africa. The pace bowler has picked 9 wickets till now and she is expected to pick atleast 2 wickets on Tuesday. Moseline Daniels and Ayabonga Khaka are other two regular bowlers in the team. Both of them are yet to bowl big wicket taking spells in the tournament and also conceded lot of runs. Either one of them may drop for this semi-final clash.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

ENGLAND WOMEN :

  • Heather Knight
  • Tammy Beaumont
  • Sarah Taylor
  • Natalie Sciver
  • Fran Wilson
  • Katherine Brunt
  • Laura Marsh
  • Alex Hartley

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

  • Laura Wolvaardt
  • Lizelle Lee
  • Dane van Niekerk
  • Mignon du Preez
  • Marizanne Kapp
  • Sune Luus
  • Shabnim Ismail
  • Trisha Chetty

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

ENGLAND WOMEN :

1. Lauren Winfield, 2. Tammy Beaumont, 3. Sarah Taylor, 4. Heather Knight, 5. Natalie Sciver, 6. Fran Wilson, 7. Katherine Brunt, 8. Jenny Gunn, 9. Laura Marsh, 10. Anya Shrubsole / Danielle Hazell, 11. Alex Hartley.

 

SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN :

1. Laura Wolvaardt, 2. Lizelle Lee, 3. Trisha Chetty, 4. Mignon du Preez, 5. Marizanne Kapp, 6. Chloe Tryon / Moseline Daniels, 7. Dane van Niekerk, 8. Sune Luus, 9. Shabnim Ismail, 10. Ayabonga Khaka, 11. Masabata Klaas.

 

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