England Cruise Into World T20 Final

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England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
ICC Women's World T20 2014 semi-final, Mirpur

England beat South Africa by a comprehensive nine-wicket margin in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in Mirpur to set up a final against Australia.

At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, they had no trouble overcoming South Africa’s 101 all out, needing only 16.5 overs to score the 102 runs needed for victory, and setting up a rematch of the title clash from the 2012 event.

Chasing 102, openers Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards started strongly and weren’t in any trouble at all against the South Africa bowling.

They were in no hurry to get the below-par total and took runs at will, mixing singles and doubles with the odd boundary. They put on 67 runs for the first wicket, with Edwards falling for 36 runs off 40 balls in the 11th over. She hit five fours during her stay before she offered a simple return catch to bowler Suné Luus (1-15).

Taylor was then joined by Heather Knight and they made sure the rest of the target score was gobbled up without any further losses. They added 35 runs for the second wicket and took England past the finish line in the 17th over.

Taylor was unbeaten on 44 off 45 balls with three fours while Knight scored 21 not out off 16 balls, smacking three boundaries.

Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bowl first. South Africa made a torrid start, losing Lizelle Lee (0), Dane van Niekerk (7) and Yolandi van der Westhuizen (6) with just 14 runs on the board. The dismissals of Trisha Chetty (3) and Marizanne Kapp (0) made it 33 for five in the 10th over.

They were saved only by the efforts of skipper Mignon du Preez, who held one end up as she scored 23 runs off 32 balls, with two fours.

Then Chloe Tryon smacked 40 runs off just 31 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes, even as wickets continued to tumble at the other end. Her burst made it possible for South Africa to reach a three-digit score, although it was nowhere near enough to challenge their opposition.

For England, Anya Shrubsole (2-12), Rebecca Grundy (2-22) and Natalie Sciver (1-19) were the wicket-taking bowlers.

No fewer than five South Africans were run out by a combination of sharp work in the field by England and shambolic running.

© Cricket World 2014

Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa

Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies

Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand

New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa

South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies

West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand

New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa

Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies

West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India

England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland

Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan

New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England

England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies

West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa

South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan

Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India

India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka

England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan

Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa

South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies

India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final

Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final

England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England

Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets