About the Match
The ICC Women’s World Cup seems to have progressed as expected so far and a clear chasm has appeared between the top 4 and the bottom 4 teams of the competition. South Africa and England, the two teams taking part in this match are firmly in the top half but will both want to win this match to try and gain some important mental superiority because they may well meet again in a knockout at the end of this tournament.
The hosts are one of the strongest teams in this tournament and have recovered from their opening match defeat to India to win their next two matches. There is no doubt about the talent in their lineup led by skipper Heather Knight. Setting an example for all other batters in her team to follow, Knight has scored 234 runs in the competition so far at an average of 78.00 and a strike rate of 92.12.
Nat Sciver is not too far behind either with 155 runs from three matches at an average of 77.50 and a strike rate of 135.96.
This team also boasts of Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson and Danni Wyatt to have one of the strongest batting lineups in this tournament.
England also has a stellar bowling lineup led by Katherine Brunt and Anya Shribsole but the two has not performed as expected in the tournament so far. Laura Marsh was a revelation in the last game with 4 wickets and can be expected to play a larger role in the upcoming matches but the English team will need to really ramp their bowling up to its potential if they are to win against the bigger teams in this competition.
The South African women have started this tournament in the absolute strongest manner possible. They have not registered a loss so far only losing points to a no-result, and also have the best net run rate of any team.
Their last performance was a comprehensive demolition of the West Indies, a match in which they bowled them out for 48 and chased the total down in 6.2 overs without the loss of a single wicket.
The architects of their victories so far have been Marizanne Kapp (the current top-ranked ODI bowler in the world), Shabnim Ismail (Among the fastest bowlers in the world) and Dane van Niekerk (one of the best all-rounders in the world).
The batting has been doing its job as well led by Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolfvaardt. Both of the batters are averaging 89.00 and 71.00 so far although the not out in the last game helped boost up those averages quite a bit!
South African fans would do well to remember though that they have only beaten Pakistan and the West Indies so far and England is going to be a whole different kettle of fish, especially in their home conditions.
Pitch and Conditions
The match is going to be held at the county ground Bristol, the conditions for which are currently forecast to be slightly overcast. Normally, England would have loved that but the South African bowling may also be licking their lips at this prospect.
England would be smart to try and out-bat South Africa in this match and so we expect the pitch to be devoid of any significant grass and be a flat batting deck.
This has all the potential to be a cracker of a match that England should be able to win thanks to their superior batting and more experienced lineup. Back England to win