We would never mankad: Sciver

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We would never mankad: Sciver

Natalie Sciver acknowledges the crowd after reaching her fifty. © ICC



The match between England and South Africa in the T20 World cup was an absolute thriller. Chasing 124 the match went right down to the wire when England needed nine runs off the last over bowled by Katherine Brunt. Keeping things tight the seasoned campaigner gave only two runs of the first two balls.



Then while bowling the third ball, Brunt stopped for a while and warned non-striker Sune Luus to go back to the crease, as she was backing out before the ball was bowled. Brunt, instead of mankading her, chose to let her go with a warning. The next two balls were then hit for a six and a four by Mignon du Preez, who took South Africa home.



But the question remained: why didn't Brunt dismiss Luus?



"She was never going to run her out," said Sciver after the game. "A bit of drama, isn't it? I mean one of their bowlers did it to me. I don't know if she stopped because I moved around and she wanted a bit of a reprieve or she was keeping the other batter in there. I know that none of our team would ever do that. It's just part of the game, isn't it?"



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England have three more games in the competition and have to win at least two of those games to stand a chance to qualify for the semis. Sciver sounded positive and confident about her team bouncing back strongly after the tight loss.



"Yeah, it puts the pressure on, doesn't it? I think in terms of our team, a bit of pressure will hopefully see the best of us," she added.



"We've got a couple of games in Canberra to hopefully get used to the wicket a little bit. We get two games in the same place. I think in terms of our team, a bit of pressure will hopefully see the best of us. We've got a couple of games in Canberra to hopefully get used to the wicket a little bit."



"So hopefully we can go out there and play positively and play with freedom. I know the first game sometimes you have a few nerves around. I was nervous since two days ago watching the first game. So nerves can be good, but bad also sometimes."



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