About the Match
Both Australia and South Africa have already qualified for the semi-finals and so losing this match does not mean the end of the world for either team but a place at the top of the table is up for grabs as is the opportunity to gain a psychological advantage against a potential finals opponent.
The favorites for this tournament have been absolutely spectacular so far and their only loss came against England, probably the strongest other team in this competition. Facing South Africa, however, is not going to be easy and there are plenty of challenges for the Aussies as they come up against a team that is high on confidence.
The Aussie Women have depended on their superstars for runs led by Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry who have both scored over 300 runs in the competition so far. Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney have also contributed with the runs but the fact has been that the middle and lower order has not been needed too much.
That could change against a fiery South African attack that is very capable of picking up early wickets and put the Aussies under real pressure.
The bowling for Australia has been led by led spinner Kristen Beams with 10 wickets and ably supported by Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen. On the flat wickets that the tournament has thrown their way so far the Aussie pacers have not made the impact they would have liked but there is still hope they can come good when it matters the most.
The South Africans have been demolishing teams off late and will come into this game full of confidence. The main reason behind the South African success has been their incredible bowling attack. In Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail, the Proteas have a fiery combination of skill and pace.
The pair is also followed by the leading wicket taker of the tournament, South African skipper Dane Niekerk with 13 wickets to her name.
This is a bowling attack that is performing to the peak of its abilities and can run through oppositions.
The batters for South Africa have also been performing well lead by Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt but if South Africa lose a couple of early wickets, they could struggle to put up a decent total or in fact chase one down.
Their batting also struggled against Pakistan where they won by the skin of their teeth and even India was able to pull things back after a fast start by the South Africans thanks to their spinners, although, South Africa ended up winning very comfortably in the end.
To beat Australia, South Africa must come up with a way to combat their spinners that have been bowling exceptionally well so far.
Pitch and Conditions
The match is set to be played in Taunton, a ground where South Africa ran through Sri Lanka and beat them by 8 wickets just a few days ago. There are plenty of runs to be had on this pitch though if a couple of batsmen get set.
The conditions are set to be cloudy but dry for the most part of the game.
This is going to be a close match but we think that Australia has the necessary talent to get past South Africa in this encounter. Back Australia to win