South Africa v Australia: ICC Women’s World Cup – live! | Sport








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WICKET! Mignon du Preez 14 c Gardner b Jonassen, South Africa 228-5








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WICKET! Sune Luus 52 c McGrath b Schutt, South Africa 216-4








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WICKET! Laura Wolvaardt 90 c McGrath b Gardner, South Africa 209-3








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WICKET! Lara Goodall 15 c King b Sutherland, South Africa 118-2








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WICKET! Lizelle Lee 36 lbw King, South Africa 88-1








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Australia win the toss and elect to bowl

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Preamble

Good morning and welcome to what we hope might be the match up of the tournament so far! Both teams sit undefeated at the top of the table and this win will provide plenty of confidence and ascendancy for whoever takes it out. While Australia have been dominant so far, South Africa have arguably the best bowling attack in world cricket and if Australia wins the toss and chooses their beloved chasing position, they will want to make sure they have restricted SA enough in their innings that the total is chaseable in the face of such formidable bowlers.

The net run rates (1.424 for Australia vs 0.226 for SA) tell an interesting story as well. While Australia’s wins have largely been dominant, SA have pulled off miraculous wins under extreme pressure. Fortunately for Australia they had a dose of that pressure on Saturday when India took some late wickets to take their game into the final over so they have had some experience being there if this match goes down to the wire.

The two pressure specialists from the teams are of course Australia’s Beth Mooney and SA’s Marizanne Kapp, who have both been incredibly cool and calm in those pressure situations so far. I’m looking forward to seeing a kind of “ice-in-their-veins off” between the two experienced campaigners today.

We’re just about ready for the toss, so let’s get ready to jump in!

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