Unbeaten England dominated their way into the knockout rounds of the Women’s T20 World Cup by beating West Indies, Ireland, India and Pakistan. South Africa suffered an upset at the hands of Sri Lanka in the tournament opener, were fortunate to meet an uncharacteristically rusty New Zealand and beat them, lost to Australia, and huffed and puffed to victory over Bangladesh.
The Proteas will face their sternest challenge hitherto trying to contain England’s potent batting line-up, who have aggregated more runs in the tournament than any other side. The English women smacked 72 fours and cleared the fence a dozen times in the group stage – more than anyone else, and fetching more than 60% of their total runs.
England Possible XI: Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Heather Knight (capt), Amy Jones, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Charlie Dean, Lauren Bell
South Africa Possible XI: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus (capt), Chloe Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Fireworks from @Sophecc19 against tomorrow’s opponents 🎇 #T20WorldCup | 🏴 #ENGvSA 🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/3hm33cmz7o
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 23, 2023