Australia Hold Their Nerve To Seal Qualification

Australia Hold Their Nerve To Seal Qualification
Australia Hold Their Nerve To Seal Qualification
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Australia Women 190-7 (Haynes 83) beat
South Africa Women 188-9 by three wickets
Women's World Cup Group B, Cuttack

Australia survived a huge scare before confirming their place in the ICC Women's World Cup Super Sixes stage with a three-wicket win over South Africa.

After South Africa made 188 for nine, Australia slipped to 155 for seven before the cool heads of Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry took them over the finishing line with more than four overs in hand.

Trisha Chetty (59) and Marizanne Kapp (61) top scored for South Africa while Rachael Haynes scored 83 for Australia before the nervous finish.

South Africa recovered well as they lost two wickets before a run had been scored, Chetty and Kapp putting on 122 for the second wicket before departing within four overs of one another.

From 138 for four, South Africa were unable to build again but 15 from Susan Benade and 24 not out from Shandre Fritz gave them a slim chance.

Pick of the bowlers for Australia was Perry, with three for 35 and Megan Schutt took two for 42, including the key wicket of Kapp.

Benade then removed Meg Lanning for 12 and when Jess Cameron and Alex Blackwell both fell to Shabnim Ismail (4-41), Australia were struggling at 34 for three.

Haynes drove the recovery forward with 83 in 108 balls, including 10 fours, and with support from Jodie Fields' 21 and Lisa Sthalekar's 29 got Australia on track.

However, Ismail struck again to remove her and when Benade bowled Fields, Sunette Loubser had Sthalekar caught by Cri-Zelda Brits and Ismail bowled Sarah Coyte for four, the game was in the balance.

Perry then made 14 in 28 balls and Osborne 20 in as many deliveries to prevent the tournament's second major upset, South Africa unable to do as Sri Lanka had done and shock the group favourites.

Australia have qualified but with points from the initial group stage carrying forward, there is still plenty riding on their final game against New Zealand.

South Africa play Pakistan with the winners also qualifying on Tuesday.

© Cricket World 2013

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