England continue their good run in T20 World Cups, qualifying for the semi-finals. Remember, they were the runners-up in the last edition. Their league stage ends while West Indies play South Africa in their final group game. But first up, two good games in store for Monday – Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh, which will be Shashikala Siriwardene’s farewell game and then Australia versus New Zealand, a clash that will decide the final semi-finalist. Hope to have your company then. This is S. Sudarshanan signing off. Ciao!
Heather Knight: "Probably not the most attritional cricket. We actually knew it would be a slow wicket. Played on slow wickets in Malaysia in Christmas. Obviously Amy's had a few low scores, so changed something. Loved the way she played down the order. Looking at the conditions we thought we needed another spinner, so played Mady. I was getting a bit nervous looking at Pakistan. AUS-NZ game will be a good game."
Anisa Mohammed: "I think losing Stafalie is always a good loss for us. Injury is something we can't control. Fielding is one of the things we told ourselves should be right. I think we needed to bowl a bit straight in the last five overs. I think dot balls is one of the things we need to work on with the batting aspect. We wanted to go through to the semis, not to be this year."
Natalie Sciver: "Coming off the bat nicely. Enjoying my time out there, played a different kind of innings today. This was a slower wicket that we have played so far. We knew if we ran well and had batters at the end it will work well. Obviously there was a game here before us. So you have to bat smart and bat well."
A night to forget for West Indies, who have crashed out of the T20 World Cup. This is the first time since 2009 that they haven’t made the semis. England have been clinical with the ball, with Sophie Ecclestone picking up three wickets. Had Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor been in the middle for long, you could have expected some fight. But with an injury to the Windies skipper, their hopes were dashed. And they all fell like ninepins. Presentations follow...
West Indies 97 all out, lost by 46 runs.
West Indies' poor batting display comes to an end. A couple of run outs and a wicket to Sophie Ecclestone hastens the end for the Caribbean side, who are out of the tourney.
West Indies 92/7 in 16.3 overs.
Afy Fletcher hits one towards Heather Knight at coers and sets off for a run. Knight does the fielding and throws it back to the bowler, Mady Villiers, who does the rest. Duck for Fletcher.
West Indies 84/6 in 15.4 overs.
Britney Cooper looks to charge down and mow Sophie Ecclestone down the ground. Misses it completely and Amy Jones whips off the bails quickly.
West Indies 79/5 in 15 overs, need 65 in 30.
Stafanie Taylor has gone for scans of her hip, informs Mel Jones on air.
Meanwhile Britney Cooper managed to hit a couple of fours off Anya Shrubsole to take 11 from the over.
West Indies 68/5 in 14.1 overs.
Lee-Ann Kirby mistimes one to Natalie Sciver off Anya Shrubsole for 20 off 15.
West Indies 42/4 in 10.1 overs.
Chedean Nation is caught behind off Sarah Glenn after England successfully review the original call.
West Indies 42/3 in 9.4 overs.
Mady Villiers' maiden T20 World Cup wicket. Shemaine Campbelle slinks down and pushed it back. Villiers outstretches her right hand and the ball sticks. Campbelle can't believe it but she has to go for one.
West Indies 42/2 in 8.2 overs.
The break in play has disturbed Hayley Matthews' concentration. Not that she was going all guns blazing till then. But she sees a tossed up Sarah Glenn ball and looks to hit it down the ground. Misses and is bowled. Matthews goes for 10 in 22.
West Indies 41/1 in 8 overs, need 103 in 72.
Stafanie Taylor seems to have done her groin. She was in severe pain and unable to get up as well. The stretcher was brought in, but she couldn't get up to be on that. So the stretcher had to be lowered and then she had to be taken away.
Taylor got down on one knee and played the slog earlier in the over. Anya Shrubsole jumped but couldn't hold on. That was the time she seemed to have tweaked her groin. She then somehow pulled herself for a single, before collapsing on the ground.
West Indies 28/1 in 6 overs, need 116 in 94.
Stafanie Taylor hits a four and six in the last two balls of the power play to make it seem better than it actually is. They have begun very slowly, unable to find the boundary or the gaps. Hayley Matthews is on 3 off 15 balls.
West Indies 12/1 in 3 overs, need 132 in 102.
Sophie Ecclestone continues her wicket-taking spree. Lands one around middle, Deandra Dottin looks to slog it but gets it off the inner half to Natalie Sciver at mid-wicket.
West Indies did bowl and field well in the first 15 overs. But it all came apart in the last five overs. Nasser Hussain says, "England have to bowl very badly to lose this." They have to owe it to Natalie Sciver's 57, which proved to be the difference. But West Indies body language was inspiring. We would have had a very good game if West Indies are to chase it down or even get close. Back with the chase!
Shakera Selman: “Definitely, we have to believe we can chase it. Everyone was disappointed the way we fielded against Pakistan. Everyone got together and did well. Just had to bowl straight Watched the first game and learnt it. I believe we can chase it, hope we can.”
England 143/5 in 20 overs.
Katherine Brunt's 4-ball cameo of 10 runs has helped England post a very good score. They managed to score 48 off the last five overs. Shakera Selman, who was very good throughout, gives away two fours off the last two balls.
England 107/4 in 17 overs.
Natalie Sciver continued her consistent run in the T20 World Cup. She has hit her eighth T20I fifty, fourth in last six innings. She flicked one towards deep mid-wicket, where Hayley Matthews flew but couldn't hang on. A single ensued.
England 97/4 in 15.3 overs.
Fran Wilson's short stay in the middle ends. She looks to smash Afy Fletcher over deep mid-wicket but finds Britney Cooper there.
England 90/3 in 13.4 overs.
Shakera Selman's brilliance gets another wicket for West Indies. Heather Knight tapped one to the on side and took off. Thought it was an easy run there and was ambling to the other end. Selman gets to the ball and hits the bull's eye at the bowler's end. Knight least expected the throw to come to her end. End of the 39-run stand.
England 83/2 in 13 overs.
Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver have been very busy. They have been knocking it around for ones and twos, not conjuring up the dots. And when the occasional boundary comes, like Knight managed to hit in the last ball of the 13th, the over turns out to be expensive. The pair has added 32 in 29 balls so far, with Sciver on 33.
England 51/2 in 8.2 overs.
Danielle Wyatt falls for 29 as she looks to hit Anisa Mohammed. But Shakera Selman's athleticism sees her pull off a stunner. She covered a lot of ground to her right from long on and pulled off a diving catch to end the 50-run stand.
Meanwhile, Isa Guha had a chat with Anya Shrubsole: "Very good toss to win because the pitch seems slower as there was a game earlier in the day. We are having a good partnership at the moment and hopefully they can carry on. It’s a different pitch to what we’ve had at WACA or the Manuka Oval."
England 24/1 in 4 overs.
Natalie Sciver has managed to hit two fours in Aaliyah Alleyne's second over. First, she thrashes one over mid-on and then, cleverly scoops one over short fine leg. 13 runs in the over.
England 1/1 in 0.4 overs.
New opener, old result. Amy Jones' early fall meant that Tammy Beaumont was sent to open. But she has been dismissed for a two-ball duck. She missed flicking away a Shakera Selman delivery and was rapped on the pads. She mulled the DRS before being convinced otherwise by Wyatt.
England's Kate Cross has suffered an injury scare. During the pre-match training, she tripped on the boundary cushion. As a result, she was on the ground and had to be stretchered out of the field. At first it seemed as if it was one of those from the XI. As a result, they were mulling delaying the toss a bit. We await further update on Cross.
Meanwhile, a new opening combination walks out for England - Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont. Amy Jones has been pushed down.
England: Danielle Wyatt, Amy Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Fran Wilson, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn
West Indies: Hayley Matthews, Lee-Ann Kirby, Stafanie Taylor (c), Deandra Dottin, Britney Cooper, Shemaine Campbelle (wk), Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Chedean Nation, Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman
Nasser Hussain: "Both the games has seen 130-odd in the first innings. It's difficult to score here since it is slow and low. No issues, you have to win on such tracks to win the World Cup. Batters have to be careful playing the dab. The delivery Dane bowled to Dar died down. Do not bowl full, you take the pitch out of the equation if you do so. That's what Pakistan did badly against Wolvaardt. Keep bowling back of a length."
Heather Knight has won the toss, England will bat first.
Heather Knight: "Wicket looks slow, hopefully we'll put up a good score and defend. We've a lot of skill in our bowling group. We've made one change, Mady Villiers in for Lauren Winfield."
Stafanie Taylor: "I'm very much confident. We're ready, hopefully tonight's the night we pull it off. We'll look to play positively, have nothing to lose. I can't really remember that (Windies' superior record). If that's the case, I hope we come on top. Cooper and Alleyne in, Henry and Connell out."
Hello yet again folks! We've had a good first game, where South Africa became the second team after India to make the semis of the T20 World Cup 2020. England and West Indies both have a loss each to their name. If England win, they will make the last four, while a loss would keep Windies interested. Will England be the side? Or will West Indies continue making the semis? Remember, the Caribbean side has a superior record over the English. Stay with me, S. Sudarshanan, as I bring you all the updates.
Sciver, spinners seal the semi-final spot for EnglandEngland sealed their semi-final spot in the T20 World Cup with an emphatic victory against West Indies by 46 runs in Sydney on Sunday (March 1). England’s victory was set up by their talismanic allrounder Natalie Sciver’s 57. She played superbly and assessed the conditions well to guide them to 143 before Sophie Ecclestone’s three wickets for just seven runs restricted a depleted West Indies to just 97. Opting to bat first, England’s move to send Tammy Beaumont up didn’t work as she departed for a two-ball duck with Shakera Selman striking in the first over. England’s no.3, Sciver continued…
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