ICC Women CWC 2022: England through to the finals after defeating South Africa by 137 runs

Danni Wyatt scored her second one-day international century as champions England crushed South Africa by 137 runs in Christchurch on Thursday to set up a mouthwatering Women’s World Cup final against heavyweights Australia.

Wyatt, dropped five times by the wasteful South Africans, made 129 off 125 balls to help England put an imposing 293 for eight on the board at Hagley Oval after South Africa won the toss and elected to field. England’s seamer Anya Shrubsole, the hero of the 2017 World Cup final, pressed the advantage by removing both South Africa’s openers cheaply before the world’s top-ranked spinner Sophie Ecclestone took six wickets as South Africa were routed for 156. 

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Having started the tournament with three straight defeats, Heather Knight`s England has rebounded with five wins. Their victory over South Africa was their most complete performance of the tournament, with Sophia Dunkley chipping in 60 in a 116-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

The English may need to lift again to beat undefeated Australia, who are hot favorites after thrashing West Indies in the other semi-final and have a chip on their shoulder after being knocked out of the 2017 semi-finals. 

The final match of the ICC Women Cricket World Cup will take place on 3rd April 2022 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.


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