England defeated South Africa in the semi finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by two wickets in the last over with only two balls left. This is the third time that WWC is happening on the England soil and Englan has reached the final of all three, they have won the title on previous two occasions.
Earlier, South Africa opted to bat first after winning the toss but was restricted at just 218/6. In reply, England lost both their openers cheaply than wicket keeper Sarah Taylor and captain Heather Knight made up a partnership of 78-runs for the third wicket and after their wicket, England were struggling with just four-wickets in hand and 46 runs still on the board in as many balls. BUt the 40-runs partnership between Fran Wilson and Jenny Gunn lea England over the line.As a result, England will face the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final in Derby where defending champion Australia takes on India.
Player of the match Sarah Taylor said after the match that it has been a long journey for all of them and “I think it’s just all emotion at the moment,” she said, she also praised South African team and said that they played well. She thanked the supporters and said that it’s amazing to get through the finals.
While the South African captain Van Niekerk said that she is proud of her team, they knew that they were 30-runs short but still the way they played is very good.
England will now face the winner second semi final. In the second semi final Indian woman will take on defending champion Australia on Thursday