Well, that's all for today. What an entertaining match it was. Hats off to the South Africans as they kept calm to pull off a historic win against England.
It's a double-header on Monday (February 24). While hosts Australia take on Sri Lanka in the first, India will face minnows Bangladesh in the second encounter of the day. This is Kaushiik Paul signing off. Good bye!
Dane van Niekerk: I am not the best watcher of cricket when things get like that. Our fielding let us down in New Zealand. We put a lot of work and tried to match the top teams. We took our catches and I’m proud of our team. They come back and fight back every time. It’s one thing to speak about the plans, to execute is the tough part. The bowlers strangled the run rate and restricted them. England’s bowlers made it tough for us at the start and the end, so credit to them. It’s a special day. Mignon du Preez is one of the most respected cricketers and no better than her to play 100 games for us. The country is backing us and everything we do is for our country. It was incredible. It’s nice to see where women’s cricket is at and an amazing brand to be a part of.
Heather Knight: I thought we started well. Amy Jones began well. We finished well. Sciver played the anchor role and batted brilliantly. Pitch played a bit slow but 140-145 would have been good. Sciver is very crucial. She bats, bowls and takes responsibility in both departments. We had to believe we were to defend it. We had the bowlers, can’t fault them. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the wickets in the middle. We next play in Canberra, it’s a lovely place to play. Have to lift ourselves and get to an important couple of games.
What a match it was! Chasing England's 123/8, South Africa were cruising well with Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk going strong with an 84-run partnership for the second wicket. But England came back with two wickets in back-to-back overs from Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn. Chloe Tryon hit a quickfire 12 before being dismissed by Ecclestone with just nine runs needed in the last over. But it was Mignon du Preez who lit her 100th T20I appearance with a six and four to seal the deal for South Africa by six wickets.
Dane van Niekerk is the player of the match for her 46 and two wickets: “I believe that England are one of the best players of spin in the world. It’s good to see our plan come together against them. Have to give credit to my other bowlers. Really proud of the side, was a team performance. I don’t think I got any extra bounce. I tried to stick to my gameplan and glad it came off. Halfway there I felt I let the team down, felt I was playing very slow. But we tried to take it as deep as possible, knowing we have power hitters in the bank.”
Playing her 100th T20I Mignon du Preez had a chat: "I have no words actually. To finish the match and that too in my 100th game is really special. Stepping up against England as a senior player was really nice. I've played in all seven World Cups and we've never come this close. We wanted to do something special and we are happy to do that."
South Africa 127/4 in 19.4 overs
Mignon du Preez, playing her 100th T20I hits a six and a boundary in the last over bowled by Katherine Brunt to seal an emphatic win for South Africa in Perth against England. They win by six wickets and end their T20 World Cup drought against the champions.
South Africa 115/4 in 19 overs, need 9 runs
Sophie Ecclestone strikes. Clean bowls Chloe Tryon for 12.
South Africa 105/3 in 18 overs, need 19 runs
Hard-hitting Chloe Tryon hits Natalie Sciver a couple of boundaries to ease the pressure for South Africa taking 14 runs in an over to help South Africa to inch closer towards victory. Can they pull it off?
South Africa 91/3 in 17 overs, need 33 runs
England strike back. Sophie Ecclestone dismisses dangerous Dane van Niekerk for 45. She tries to slap an outside delivery to give a simple catch to Tammy Beaumont at point!
Earlier, off-spinner Sarah Glenn picked Marizanne Kapp for 38. Trying to chip it on the on side, Kapp ended up giving a simple return catch to Glenn.
South Africa 74/1 in 14 overs, need 50 runs
Was that poor batting show against New Zealand a trick from the South Africans to fool the world before the mega tournament like T20 Worlds Cup? Certainly, it seems so!
The Proteas top-order failed in three of the four T20 matches earlier this month but they have done a lot of work in between and that's reaping rewards now with Marizanne Kapp (35*) and Dane van Niekerk (31*) slowly going towards their half-century.
South Africa 58/1 in 11 overs, need 66 runs
The duo of Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk are doing a great job in the middle to bring up the 50-run partnership in the 11th over. Both the batters are playing it cautiously not going for risky shots and taking regular ones and twos. Van Niekerk in particular as the skipper has hit five boundaries till now. England badly need a wicket here to come back into the game.
South Africa 21/1 in 5 overs, need 103 runs
Dane van Niekerk hits a long six, first of the South African innings. Batting out of the crease, the Proteas captain clubs it over the mid-wicket boundary for a huge hit that went 78 metres. She then hits another boundary to take 11 runs from the over.
Earlier, England missed a chance when Lauren Winfield failed to hold on a tough chance of Kapp running backwards .
England 6/1 in 3 overs, need 118 runs
Anya Shrubsole gets Lizelle Lee for four runs, to give England first breakthrough. The opener chips one straight to Lauren Winfield at mid-on. This is also the fifth time Shrubsole has dismissed Lee in T20Is.
South Africa 3/0 in 1 over, need 121 runs
A lot of swing early on from Anya Shrubsole. Good work by the Dane van Neikerk and Lizelle Lee as both the openers keep the England quick at bay.
After a good start by England with Amy Jones (23) going all out at the top of the order, South Africa came back strongly to restrict England before 130-run mark in 20 overs. Natalie Sciver coming in at No.3 did bailed her team out of the well with a 41-ball 50.
Hats off to the Proteas bowlers as well. Ayabonga Khaka was the best of all clinching 3/25 while skipper Dane van Niekerk (2/20), Shabnim Ismail (1/26) and Marizanne Kapp (2/19) also contributed.
A wicket and 8 runs in the last over as England finish at 123/8 off Marizanne Kapp. Can South Africa chase the target and break their T20 World Cup drought against the 2009 champions?
England 115/7 in 19 overs
Ayabonga Khaka takes her second of the over dismissing Lauren Wilfield for just one. She finishes the match with 4-0-25-3.
England 109/6 in 18.1 overs
After making a half-century, Natalie Sciver finally departs for 50 off 41 balls in the first ball of the 19th over. Trying to play across the line she misses the ball and gets bowled. Khaka gets her second of the match.
Great knock by Natalie Sciver under pressure. Coming at No.3 with England in trouble, the right-hander displayed cool and composure to steer her team.
England 109/5 in 18 overs
Katherine Brunt departs for 9. Trying to slice a short ball, Brunt ends up giving a simple catch to Shabnim Ismail at third-man off Ayabonga Khaka.
England 88/4 in 16 overs
Natalie Sciver hits a six and a boundary to ease some pressure on England. Bowling her last over left-armer, Nonkululeko Mbala concedes 13 runs in the over to finish her spell at 4-0-31-0. How far can England go?
England 66/3 in 13 overs
Alan Wilkins has a quick chat with Lisa Keightley, England’s head coach, who says, “It’s been really good. We’ve had good preparation in the tri-series. We’ve lost quick wickets which is not ideal. Hopefully, they can keep their nerves and go hard. The girls have to keep being positive. Hopefully, we will have a few big overs.”
England 50/3 in 10 overs
Natalie Sciver gets a full toss coming down the ground to hit a welcome boundary off Nonkululeko Mbala to ease the pressure as England complete their first half-century at the halfway stage.
England 43/3 in 8.2 overs
Shabnim Ismail takes a brilliant running catch at long-on to end Heather Knight's stay off Dane van Niekerk. The England skipper looks to have connected well but couldn’t quite get the distance as Ismail covers a lot of ground to take a stunner.
England 43/2 in 8 overs
After starting the proceedings, Nonkululeko Mlaba is once again brought into the attack with England batters Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight finding it hard against the left-arm spinner. Just five runs of the over. Good comeback.
England 28/2 in 5 overs
After the wicket of Amy Jones, Ayabonga Khaka joins the party dismissing Danielle Wyatt to leave England in trouble. Wyatt goes for the drive, but was surprised by the low full toss and ends up slicing a low catch to Lizelle Lee at point. Khaka surprised too.
England 25/1 in 3.4 overs
Marizanne Kapp gives South Africa the first breakthrough dismissing the dangerous-looking Amy Jones for a quickfire 23. Jones tries to send the ball over the in-field, but it comes of high end of the bat and was comfortably taken by Chloe Tryon at mid-off.
England 21/0 in 3 overs
After a poor T20 Tri-series, Amy Jones seems to have got her form back as the right-hander is going all out against the South African bowlers. Till she has hit four boundaries to her name in 20*. Quite a nice view for Danielle Wyatt from the other end!
England 9/0 in 1 over
England start off brilliantly with a couple of boundaries by Amy Jones in the first over by Nonkululeko Mlaba.
Alan Wilkins talks about the conditions saying, “The west side is little bit shorter. Down the ground it is about 69m. The wind is swirling here. Virtually nothing behind square on the leg side. So that’s an area that will reward the batters.”
Charlotte Edwards inspects the pitch and says, “Looks a good pitch. No real demons, no wear and tear. We have four good seamers on show tonight. You have to adapt to the conditions at the WACA tonight. It’s going to be a good contest and I’m looking forward to it.”
Heather Knight: I think it's going to be a good pitch regardless, so we're looking forward to it.
Dane van Niekerk: We are going to bowl. It was quite difficult to defend during the big bash. So we would like to restrict them and chase it down.
South Africa have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.
Milestone for Mignon du Preez as the senior South African batter is making her 100th T20I appearance for the national side. She also becomes the first South African to play a century of international matches.
England: Amy Jones, Danni Wyatt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn
South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Sune Luus, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Hello and welcome everyone to match No.4 of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup between former champions England and South Africa. While England are coming into the tournament after having a mixed bag in the recently-concluded Tri-series, South Africa enter the competition following a 1-3 series defeat against New Zealand.
With former Australian player and coach Lisa Keightley at helm, it will be advantage for England but South Africa are no pushovers having some names in the side. For the record, the Proteas have never beaten England in any of the T20 World Cup matches and it will be interesting to see if they can turn the tables.
Khaka, van Niekerk, Kapp shine as South Africa beat England in T20 World Cups for the first timeSouth Africa beat England in a thriller by six wickets at the WACA in Perth on Sunday (February 23) in their T20 World Cup clash, thanks to a strong partnership between Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp, after Ayabonga Khaka’s spell restricted the opponents. The reliable duo of van Niekerk and Kapp joined forces pretty early, after Anya Shrubsole got rid of Lizelle Lee (four) for the fifth time in T20Is. Taking their time to get their eyes in, the pair rotated strike, hitting the odd boundary to keep the Proteas in the hunt. They added 84 runs in just…
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