Australia defend 269 against South Africa to set up semi-final against India

Nicole Bolton top scored with 79 runs
Nicole Bolton top scored with 79 runs
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Australia Women 269 (Bolton 79) beat
South Africa Women 210 (Wolvaardt 71) by 59 runs
25th match, ICC Women's World Cup, Taunton

A complete all-round performance from Australia saw them restrict South Africa to 210 runs in a chase of 270 in the 25th match of ICC Women's World Cup in Taunton to finish second in the table.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Beth Mooney (53) and Nicole Bolton (79) added 114 runs for the opening wicket to lay a solid platform for the innings.

Both the players crossed their half century but South Africa struck twice in quick succession to remove both Mooney and Rachael Haynes (0). Australia crossed the 150-run mark with just two wickets in hand.

Bolton's 87-ball knock was ended by Sune Luus (5-67) but Ellyse Perry (55) and Alex Blackwell (33) propelled the innings to take them past the 200-run mark.

Luus helped South Africa make late comeback and restricted Australia to 269 runs after completing a five-wicket haul.

Despite a 94-ball knock from Laura Wolvaardt (71), South Africa never looked comfortable in the chase as Jess Jonassen (2-40), Perry (2-47) and Haynes (2-12) were among the wickets.

South Africa were eventually bowled out for 210 runs and the 59 run victory means Australia will face India in the semi-final.

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