The 7th day of the ICC Women’s World T20 saw South Africa and England registering dominating wins over their opponents in Pool B at Canberra. South Africa showed no mercy against Thailand while England registered their second successive win of the tournament.
South Africa versus Thailand
South Africa registered a crushing 113 runs win over Thailand in the first match of the day played at Manuka Oval, Canberra. South African Dane Van Niekerk won the toss and decided to bat first. Dane Van Niekerk was dismissed cheaply for just 2 runs. Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus were impressive with their stroke play. At the end of six overs, South Africa were 37 for 1.
After the power play overs, Lee and Luus plundered the Thailand bowlers with big hits which the debutants under immense pressure. Lee reached her fifty off 35 balls. Soon after reaching fifty, Lee dominated the Thai bowlers and completed her first T20I century from 59 balls. She was soon dismissed by Laomi for a brilliant 101. Lee and Luus added 131 runs for the 2nd wicket. Tryon came to the crease and smashed a quickfire 24 off 11 balls. Luus reached her fifty off 35 balls. South Africa posted a daunting total of 195 for 3.
In reply, Thailand were never in the chase as Ismail decimated the Thailand batting line up. At the end of six overs, Thailand were 15 for 3. Kamchomphu played some lovely shots and was the top scorer with 26. South Africa registered a massive 113 runs as they bowled out Thailand for 82.
South Africa 195 for 3 in 20 overs (Lizelle Lee 101, Luus 64*, Padunglerd 1/19) beat Thailand 82 in 19.1 overs ( Kampchomphu 26, Ismail 3/8, Luus 3/15) by 113 runs.
England versus Pakistan
England registered a thumping 42 runs win over Pakistan in the 2nd game of day played at Manuka Oval, Canberra. Pakistan captain Bismah Mahroof won the toss and decided to field first. It was an ideal start for Pakistan as Diana Baig dismissed Amy Jones in very first over. Nat Sciver looked in great touch putting pressure on Pakistan bowlers and fielders. Aiman Anwer struck to get rid off Wyatt. Wyatt and Sciver added 43 runs for 2nd wicket. At the end of six overs, England were 48 for 2.
After the power play overs, Heather Knight and Sciver steadied the ship adding 34 runs for the 3rd wicket. Knight looked in sensational touch taking on Pakistan bowlers. Fran Wilson also joined in party with a quickfire 22 off 19 balls. Knight reached her fifty off 39 balls. Anwer struck by dismissing Wilson for 22. Wilson and Knight added 57 runs for the 4th wicket. Pakistan bowlers made a strong comeback by picking wickets in death overs. England posted 158 for 7 in 20 overs.
Chasing 159 runs to win, Muneeba Ali was dismissed cheaply by Shrubsole. Before the power play overs ended, Pakistan captain Mahroof got out. At the end of six overs, Pakistan were 35 for 2.
The England bowlers kept on picking wickets at regular intervals. Aliya Riaz provided some resistance for Pakistan with 41 runs but was not enough to get a win. England bowled out Pakistan for 116.
England 158 for 7 in 20 overs (Heather Knight 62, Aiman Anwer 3/30) beat Pakistan 116 in 19.4 overs (Aliya Riaz 41, Anya Shurbsole 3/25, Glenn 3/15) by 42 runs.
South Africa are currently 1st at the points table while England have moved to 2nd. West Indies and Pakistan are 3rd and fourth.