Women's T20 WC 2023, Semi Final 2: EN-W vs SA-W | Fantasy Tips

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Tick goes tock goes tick goes tock. At the brink of the second week, we've reached the knockout stages of the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. It is time for the big blockbuster event as England Women face off against South Africa Women in the second semi-final of the coveted league at the Newlands Cricket Cricket, Cape Town. 

The Three Lions have been in an undisputed run in the mega-event thus far. They topped the charts in Group B after thrashing all their opponents, finishing with eight points from four matches. They initiated the tournament with a comprehensive seven wickets triumph against West Indies Women and signed off the league stages by steamrolling Pakistan Women by a hefty 114 runs margin.

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On the other side of the spectrum, South Africa Women underwent a topsy-turvy time in the competition. They were on the receiving end of an upset at the hands of Sri Lanka Women in their first game. The Sune Luus-led unit bounced back with a thumping win against the White Ferns and incurred a shambolic loss against the Aussies. Their last league match was a must-win affair, and the hosts enforced sheer domination against Bangladesh Women to seal a spot in the Semi Final against the English side.

Ground Stats: Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town

The surface at the Newlands Cricket Ground is a balanced track. The fast bowlers get early lateral movements for the better of the powerplay overs. There is moderate turn for the spinners and even the batters get to score runs. It is important for the batters to be a bit watchful. In a nutshell, the strip is a sporting one with fast outfields.

Total Matches: 9

Matches won batting first: 4
Matches won batting second: 5

Average score batting first: 149
Average score batting second: 121

Average runs per over: 6.96
Average runs per wicket: 24

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Head to Head 

England Women and South Africa Women last faced each other in the warm-up match before the inauguration of the ongoing tournament. England won the run-feast clash.

Both teams squared up thirteen times against each other in T20I and the English side leads the battle with 10 wins. South Africa Women managed to win just three games.

Total Matches: 13 (Overall)
England Women won: 10
South Africa Women won: 3

Last 10 matches
England Women won: 7
South Africa Women won: 3

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Probable Playing XI

England Women Team updates

No major updates

England Women Probable Playing XI

Sophia Dunkley, Dani Wyatt, Alice Capsey, Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Amy Jones (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Lauren Bell, Charlie Dean

South Africa Women Team updates

No major updates

South Africa Women Probable Playing XI

Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Ayabonga Khaka

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Top Five Picks

  1. Nat Sciver-Brunt (EN-W): The English middle-order batter has been in prolific form in the tournament. She garnered 176 runs from four innings with three 40+ scores. She has acted as the sabilizer in the middle order for the Three Lionesses.
  2. Laura Wolvaardt (SA-W): The opening batter has found her form back in their lastest clash against the Bangladesh Women side. She scored an unbridled, matching-winning half-century and is one of the most prominent batters.
  3. Sophie Ecclestone (EN-W): The left-arm orthodox spinner has scalped eight wickets in four matches thus far in the tournament. Apart from being the prime spinner, Ecclestone can be handy with the willow in hand as well.
  4. Marizanne Kapp (SA-W): South Africa's premier all-rounder has been brilliant with the new ball in this tournament. She pocketted seven wickets in four matches. Kapp is also batting one-down for them and carries plenty of expectations.
  5. Sarah Glenn (EN-W): The unorthodox spinner, Sarah Glenn has been phenomenal in recent times. She extracted seven wickets from four matches.

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Must Picks

England Women

  1. Nat Sciver-Brunt: 176 runs in 4 innings
  2. Amy Jones: 99 runs in 3 innings
  3. Sophie Ecclestone: 8 wickets in 4 innings

South Africa Women

  1. Laura Wolvaardt: 116 runs in 4 innings
  2. Marizanne Kapp: 7 wickets in 4 innings
  3. Tazmin Brits: 108 runs in 4 innings

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Risky Picks

England Women: Alice Capsey, Sophia Dunkley
South Africa Women: Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Best Captain and Vice-captain options

  1. Marizanne Kapp
  2. Nat Sciver-Brunt
  3. Sophie Ecclestone

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Team for Head-to-Head Contest 

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Wicketkeepers: Amy Jones 
Batters: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Sophia Dunkley
All-rounders: Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Nat Sciver-Brunt
Bowlers: Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone

Captain: Nat Sciver-Brunt
Vice-captain: Marizanne Kapp

EN-W: 5 players SA: 6 players

EN-W vs SA-W, Semi Final 2: Team for Winner Takes All Contest

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Wicketkeepers: Amy Jones
Batters: Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Sophia Dunkley
All-rounders: Marizanne Kapp, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Alice Capsey
Bowlers: Shabnim Ismail, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean

Captain:Sophie Ecclestone
Vice-captain: Laura Wolvaardt

EN-W: 7 players SA: 4 players