That’s it from us for this game. Pakistan aren’t really out of the race, so to say. They’ll want England to lose their match against West Indies next up. After that, they will want to maul Thailand and hope they have a better run rate that England to sneak in. Will that be the case? Join me, S. Sudarshanan, for the next game here to find out! See ya!
Dane van Niekerk: “I first have to apologize for letting my emotions get better of me. I’m happy to reach the semis. I was relaxed when it comes to our death bowling, credit to Pakistan for putting up a fight. It’s only Wolvaardt’s third time batting at 5, she’s used to batting at the top. The way she just went about it was creditable. She;s mature beyond her years. It was a better effort on the field but we need to take the half chances and put our body on the line. Myself and Lizelle have to give the side a strong start. Really excited. This was for the country and the families.”
Javeria Khan: “I would say fielding plus bowling we were in for the first 15 overs. Had we restricted them under 120, the result would have been given. I think we didn’t execute our plans well. Nothing to take away from Wolvaardt who finished it off well. I think it was good effort from our batters. We should have started taking charge earlier than when we did. We should calculate how much to score when. Need more understanding of the game.”
It’s a dream run for South Africa who are yet unbeaten in the group stage so far, winning three out of three. This match was all about Laura Wolvaardt’s knock, which changed the face. Bowlers stepped up and did their bit, with Shabnim Ismail and Dane van Niekerk returning with identical 1/17. Nonkululeko Mlaba also picked 1/20.
Pakistan’s hopes were, perhaps, diminished with the fall of Javeria Khan for 31 in an unfortunate way. Aliya Riaz then used the long handle to stay unbeaten but Pakistan’s death bowling gave the game away. Presentations follow…
Laura Wolvaardt: "I think this is the most valuable contribution I have made, given the big picture. No.5 is a new role for me but enjoying it. It was a bit slower and lower than what we expected. The inside out shot is one of my favourite ones. This has been a team performance from us and we're happy to be in the semis."
Pakistan 119/5 in 20 overs, lost by 17 runs.
South Africa make it to the semi-finals for the first time since 2014! Aliya Riaz and Iram Javed added 47 in 33 balls but it wasn't enough for Pakistan.
Pakistan 93/5 in 17 overs, need 44 in 18.
Despite Aliya Riaz's six on the first ball of Shabnim Ismail's over, Pakistan could only get eight runs in the 17th over. Iram Javed has also found a boundary in her innings so far. Can Pakistan get home?
Pakistan 72/5 in 14.3 overs.
Sidra Nawaz was targeting the fine leg region throughout Nonkululeko Mlaba's over. There was no one there apart from a short fine leg fielder. But she wasn't getting it right and allowed Shabnim Ismail to get there quickly from deep backward square leg to field it. But yet another attempt proved fatal for Nawaz, who was cleaned up after she missed the shot.
On the last ball, a massive miscommunication between Dane van Niekerk and Shabnim Ismail saw South Africa miss dismissing Iram Javed. After hitting a massive strike over deep mid-wicket, Javed yet again looked to go big and ended up skying it. But van Niekerk ran back from mid-wicket and though Ismail running in from long on would take it. Neither did.
Pakistan 55/4 in 10.3 overs.
Aliya Riaz smashes one right back to Chloe Tryon, who managed to get a hand to it. The ball then hits the stumps at that end, catching Javeria Khan outside the crease. She was just beginning to get into the groove but has to walk back for 31.
Pakistan 41/3 in 9 overs.
Javeria Khan belted a juicy full toss on the last ball of the ninth over from Dane van Niekerk straight down the ground for a boundary. She is on 19 off 26.
Meanwhile, Ian Bishop had a chat with Hilton Moreeng, South Africa's coach: "As a team we've given ourselves a chance as a team. The girls have started well and Pakistan are in trouble. Kapp is still with the doctors, who suggested us to keep calm. Wolvaardt has extremely hard in the last two years. She knew she had to work on a few things and she did well. The track is on the slow side, the batters have to make a game out of it."
Pakistan 27/3 in 7 overs, need 110 in 78.
Dane van Niekerk bowled a half-tracker but it didn't come up. Nida Dar went back to pull it based on the length. Missed it and was hit on the back leg in front of the stumps. She goes for three. But van Niekerk isn't pleased with the misfields and gave an earful to the fielders.
Pakistan 20/2 in 5 overs.
Omaima Sohail pushes a Dane van Niekerk towards covers and sets off. Javeria Khan was never interested in that. Sohail was left stranded in the middle. Laura Wolvaardt returns a throw to Trisha Chetty who had ample time to whip the bails.
On the next ball, Nida Dar pushed one towards mid-off and set off. This time Khan responded but a bit late. She made it in with a dive but wasn't pleased with the call.
Pakistan 18/1 in 4 overs.
Shabnim Ismail bowls a wicket-maiden. She gets rid of Muneeba Ali, who pulls a short one straight to Ayabonga Khaka at mid-on.
Pakistan 18/0 in 3 overs, need 119 in 102.
Muneeba Ali hit the first four of the innings, hitting Ayabonga Khaka down the ground on Khaka's second ball. South Africa have managed to keep it sound so far. Javeria Khan ended the over lofting a full ball over covers. 10 runs in the over.
What a strong finish for South Africa. They took 45 runs in the last four overs and all credits and laurels go to Wolvaardt. She doesn't have the impression of hitting the big shots and hence, wouldn't have been counted as a big danger. But now, teams will beware of her. From a muddle in the middle, South Africa have a total, that can be pretty-much game-winning.
Pakistan were brilliant at the start, outstanding the middle and tapered away at the death. Aiman Anwer had a forgettable day with the ball after her previous match heroics. Diana Baig was the standout yet again with two wickets. Nida Dar and Syeda Aroob Shah controlled the middle-overs phase with a wicket each. Back soon for the chase!
Diana Baig: "My plan was simple, I tried to bowl according to my plan and it helped. Lee's wicket was a big one. The track was bouncier in Canberra. I had to adjust quickly. In this World Cup I've been doing well with the new ball and hence the captain has been using me in the power play."
South Africa 136/6 in 20 overs.
Game-changing innings by Laura Wolvaardt as she gets to her second T20I fifty. She finishes unbeaten on 53 in 36 balls. 14 runs came in the final over of the innings, despite the fall of Chloe Tryon to a brilliant outfield catch by Aliya Riaz.
Amazing how one minute Pakistan can drop a load of absolute sitters v England and the next Aliya Riaz takes one of the catches of the tournament #T20WorldCup— Raf Nicholson (@RafNicholson) March 1, 2020
Wolvaardt hit the last three balls of the innings all inside out over covers for fours off Anam Amin. Terrific end to the innings.
South Africa 122/5 in 19 overs.
Absolutely brilliant batting by Laura Wolvaardt that. Hits two classing shots through covers, taking her into the 40s. She is on 41 off 32. At the other end, Chloe Tryon smashed one straight four. 15 runs off the penultimate over, Aiman Anwer finished with 4-0-43-1.
South Africa 102/4 in 16.5 overs.
Laura Wolvaardt began the over with a couple of fours. First, she drove a full ball from Aiman Anwer past extra cover. It was pristinely timed. Next up, she sliced one through the gap between backward point and short third man.
But Sune Luus then fell on the fifth ball of the over. She looked to play the sweep but ended up getting a top edge. Omaima Sohail got under it at square leg and took it safely.
South Africa 82/4 in 15 overs.
Diana Baig has finished her spell with figures of 4-1-19-2. South Africa will want a final burst from someone or both of Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt or at least want Chloe Tryon to walk in as soon as possible.
South Africa 64/4 in 12.2 overs.
Syeda Aroob Shah's first T20 World Cup is a nicely wrapped gift from Marizanne Kapp. She tossed a loopy full toss outside off, Kappy charges down and hits it down the ground. But the ball went straight in to the waiting hands of Iram Javed at long-off. She goes for 31.
South Africa 54/3 in 10 overs.
Nida Dar gets one back. She tossed up one outside off, giving no pace whatsoever. Mignon du Preez went for the reverse sweep. But the ball spun in a touch, took du Preez's gloves, the ball then hit her back pad and then disturbed the off stump, enough for the bail to fall.
Just a ball earlier, du Preez looked good, using her feet to get to the pitch and hit it right over Dar's head for four. She was busy for the time she was in the middle.
South Africa 39/2 in 8 overs.
Marizanne Kapp opens the sixer count in this game. Hits Aiman Anwer over backward square leg for half a dozen, taking 10 off her second over. She pretty much holds the key for them, batting on 23 in 22.
South Africa 17/2 in 4.2 overs.
Diana Baig is on a roll. She bowls it full outside off, Dane van Niekerk looks to slap it to the off side. Ends up playing it on to the stumps. Her stuttering innings of 3 from 10 comes to an end.
South Africa 6/1 in 2.1 overs
Dane van Niekerk was giving her marching orders by the umpire. She was adjudged LBW off Diana Baig. She reluctantly chose to review and was not at all confident of overturning the call, almost walking off But Hawk Eye saved her. It showed the ball to be missing the sticks.
South Africa 4/1 in 1 over.
Diana Baig is known for her seam position and that's were the on-air commentators were raving about. On the third ball, Lizelle Lee creamed one through covers, threatening to carry on from where she left off after her ton.
But Diana Baig. She bowled one full and it moved away just a touch. Lee looked to drive it away from the body and only managed a nick. Exactly the start Pakistan would have wanted.
Aiman Anwer: "I got the best figures but leaked many runs. Aim to do well today. The conditions are good and the wickets are good to. It helps me in the death overs. I have to be focussed in the game. We are sad about the injury to Bismah but are confident about our bench. I think we have got the plans, if we can execute them, it’ll be good. It was a bad day on the field, we worked on that and will do well."
South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk (c), Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Pakistan: Muneeba Ali, Javeria Khan (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aiman Anwer, Diana Baig, Syeda Aroob Shah, Anam Amin
Charlotte Edwards: "A new pitch and it's the second game after Australia and India played here. Shabnim Ismail will be an important bowler. It is crucial that she pitches the ball up and attacks the stumps. Changes in pace is going to be important. There is no grass on the track, so spinners will also play some role."
South Africa have won the toss and opted to bat
Dane van Niekerk: "It gets slower through the day, so want to utilise better conditions now. Marizanne Kapp is back and Nadine de Klerk misses out. Lizelle Lee's role at the top is to hit out. We know it is going to be a hard-fought day. We're taking on a very good team and have to be at our best."
Javeria Khan: "We would have batted first, too. We're disappointed for Maroof to miss out. Captaincy is not new to me as I have done it before. I don't like it much but it's an honour. Syeda comes in for Bismah, Anam is back for Sadia."
South Africa versus Pakistan - the equation is simple. If South Africa win, they go through to the semis and that will be, perhaps, the end of road for Pakistan. A defeat for the Proteas would make things spicier in the group. England's clash later in the day will be an interesting watch as well. Take that comfortable spot on the couch on this Super Sunday and follow our updates, as I, S. Sudarshanan, bring to you all the updates from both the matches.
Wolvaardt, bowlers power South Africa to semi-finalsLaura Wolvaardt’s unbeaten half-century coupled with a disciplined bowling performance helped South Africa beat Pakistan by 17 runs in a Group B encounter and become the second team after India to book their semifinal spot in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Sydney on Sunday (March 1). This is also the second time South Africa have reached the semifinals after 2014. Chasing 136, Pakistan were in all sorts of trouble losing Muneeba Ali (12), Omaima Sohail (duck) and Nida Dar (three) with just 26 runs on board. Javeria Khan tried to resurrect the innings with a 34-31 but was unluckily…
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