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293/8 (50)
156/10 (38)
ENG-W won by 137 runs.
Player of the match: Danielle Wyatt
 
Semi-final 2 - England vs South Africa, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

South Africa 156/10 (38 overs)  I  Mignon du Preez 30 (48)  I  Sophie Ecclestone 6/36 (8 overs)

England won by 137 runs!

What an absolute dominating outing by the four-time champions! They were simply brilliant in all three departments and have proved to be the significant finalist in this Women's World Cup.

First things first. It was Dani Wyatt's power-packed 129 that set the match for England rolling but that was job half done and it was all up to the bowlers to get the job done and ensure a ticket to the coveted final with the Aussies. South Africa were set 294 in their 50 overs and it was already going to be one mountain of an ask and the first setback just unfolded right in the 8th ball of the innings as Laura Wolvaardt who smashed 5 fifties in 7 league matches in this tournament departed for a second-ball duck. Things transpired quickly in England's favour Anya Shrubsole struck soon again to see the back of Lizelle Lee. There was a tiny little partnership that started to flourish between skipper Luus and Lara Goodall until Kate Cross had other plans.

From there on, it was just the Sophie Ecclestone show that just ensured South Africa do not reach the final frontier. She started her barrage with the prized scalp of Marizanne Kapp by knocking her off stump. It was then just a procession led by Ecclestone as she bowled in tandem with Charlie Dean who bowled out all of her 10 overs from the other end on a trot. Sophie Ecclestone ended with match figures of 8-0-36-6 and is right on her path to greatness with such match-winning performances.  Few dropped chances for the English team but that did not cost  them at the end fortunately but they would keep a check to not repeat the same in the final.

A World Cup semi-final is an event that if you are very lucky, you experience a handful of times but for most of them, it is a once in a blue moon opportunity that players do not want to let go of. The ones playing in it feel the nerves throughout the encounter and when the dreams are shattered, the nightmares gloom all over as everything comes to standstill. 

England with their experience enter into yet another final with the hope of getting their hands on the trophy for the fifth time and they will be up against a team that has already won it six times. It won't be a cake of an ask as we will be waiting for the final frontier that we will witness on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 here at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

Australia vs England, Final, ICC Women's Cricket World Cup, 2022 on the 3rd, April, 2022 at 1 PM (Local time) 

Mark your calendars!

That will be it from this side here on Sportskeeda, it was an absolute delight bringing the live coverage of this semi-final between South Africa and England where the latter emerged victorious and enter the final to lock horns with their arch-rivals Ausralia. So, until next time, allow me Anavit Naik along with Pradeep Somashekar to bid you goodbye!
Time for the Presentation ceremony!

Sune Luus, South Africa captain:
Our fielding wasn't at its best, England played exceptionally well today good and we wish them well for the final. Massive improvements are required in our game and we need to respond to pressure with good match-winning performances. We had a great World Cup and nothing can take that away, We did very well in those crunch moments. It's always a big honour to play a World Cup and it was an amazing campaign for South Africa. I'm sure people will be proud of us when we get back home and as a captain, I'm happy with the efforts girls have put out in this tournament.

Heather Knight, England captain: Very satisfied with the win. One of our outstanding performances this World Cup. When everything was on the line, girls brought their best game in. Really chuffed and excited for Sunday. Wyatt was outstanding and really selective with the balls she attacked, didn't get disappointed that she was picking the fielders. Her innings in the middle and the partnership with Dunkley took the game away. Ecclestone has been sensational and she bowled outstandingly. She and Dean in tandem on this wicket, she's come into her own and she had finished the innings strongly as well with the bat. Good day around for her. Excitement for the final, it's a fresh day and all equal on the morning of the day. There was no lack of effort and energy into a long tour and now it's just one final push.
Danni Wyatt has been adjudged the Player of the match for her splendid century to setup the game for England!

Wyatt
talking to Kass Naidoo: Really happy, it was a great performance from the girls tonight, couple of days to rest and will be getting on to that all important finals. Yes, Dunkley has been amazing throughout the tournament, she's got a such a mature head on her shoulders, I'm really happy for her, it was a weird wicket, you couldn't just go after as it was difficult. Loving the opportunity to bat up the order, the responsibility to get the team off to a good start gets the best out of me. We've been altogether for the last two months, its been a long trip and it's been amazing.
That will be it! England have made it to the second consecutive final of the Women's ODI World Cup
38
overs
156 /10 score
0
W
4
0
0
W
runs
cricket bat icon Trisha Chetty *
21 (28)
cricket bat icon Masabata Klaas
3 (10)
cricket ball icon Sophie Ecclestone
6 /36
37.6 Sophie Ecclestone to Trisha Chetty, OUT! SIX-FOR ECCLESTONE AND TAKES ENGLAND INTO ANOTHER WORLD CUP FINAL! What a remarkable come back from the defending champions, they played virtually knock out cricket and now into the finals to play Australia on Sunday. What a complete game from England this. Length delivery on the outside off, Chetty way down the track to hoick but misses, Jones collects and whips the bails off. It's the end of the road for South Africa but they've played some brilliant cricket throughout the tournament and will bow out their heads held high!

Trisha Chetty st Amy Jones b Sophie Ecclestone 21(28b 1x4 0x6)
37.5 Sophie Ecclestone to Trisha Chetty, good length on the off-stump, Chetty presses forward to turn it into the on-side but gets a leading edge into the on-side.
37.4 Sophie Ecclestone to Trisha Chetty, good length on the off-stump, Chetty carefully gets forward to turn it into the on-side.
37.3 Sophie Ecclestone to Trisha Chetty, FOUR! Length delivery on the outside off, Chetty steps down the track and hammers it straight down the ground and picks out the ropes.
Ayabonga Khaka, RHB, comes to the crease at no.11
The first five-wicket haul for the very special Sophie Ecclestone! Take a bow, champion!
37.2 Sophie Ecclestone to Masabata Klaas, OUT! UP IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Ecclestone has her maiden five-for and that too in a World Cup. Good length on the off-stump, Klaas down on one knee to sweep but gets a top edge and spoons up in the air and the backward point fielder comes fort, settles under it to pouch an easy catch.

Masabata Klaas c Tammy Beaumont b Sophie Ecclestone 3(10b 0x4 0x6)
37.1 Sophie Ecclestone to Masabata Klaas, drops it short on the outside off, Klaas on the backfoot has a loose waft at it but gets beaten.
Charlotte Dean has bowled her entire quota of overs in just one spell. A very commendable effort when it comes to her fitness. She has been right on the money for the majority of her deliveries. Complemented Sophie Ecclestone really well and allowed the no.1 bowler in the world to keep adding more scalps to her kitty. Dean finishes with figures of 10-0-40-1
37
overs
152 /8 score
1
0
2
0
0
1
runs
cricket bat icon Trisha Chetty
17 (24)
cricket bat icon Masabata Klaas *
3 (8)
cricket ball icon Charlotte Dean
1 /41
36.6 Charlie Dean to Masabata Klaas, drops it short on the middle and leg, Klaas on the backfoot tucks it around the corner on the on-side for a quick single.
36.5 Charlie Dean to Masabata Klaas, full on the outside off, Klaas leans into it and drills it straight to the short cover fielder.
36.4 Charlie Dean to Masabata Klaas, length delivery, slides into Klaas on the middle and off, presses forward to drive it down to mid-on.
36.3 Charlie Dean to Masabata Klaas, length delivery on the off-stump, Klaas charges down the track to whack it but miscued it straight down the ground and gets a brace.
36.2 Charlie Dean to Masabata Klaas, good length, turning into Klaas on the off-stump, presses forward to defend.