About the Match
South Africans will come into this game with lots of confidence after defeating India in their last match. They'll now be up against one of the best teams in the tournament that is has lost only to England in a close game. Both the teams are already in the semifinal and this game could just be the game teams look for after a long tournament. We might see Australia rest a few of their key players to keep them fresh for the all-important semifinal clash. For South Africa, it will be a huge test. A win here will boost their confidence and prepare them mentally for the knock-out contests.
At one state, the Proteas looked down of the competition, but their win against India reinstated their lost confidence. South Africa's could not outplay India till the World Cup game, but defeated India when it mattered the most.
Both batting and bowling came good for Southampton Africa which helped them hand-over a 115 runs win to India. Dane Van Niekerk, the Protean skipper, is the leading wicket taker in the tournament and Marizanne Kapp is 3rd on the list with ten wickets to her name. Lizee Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, and Mignon du Preez have only helped the cause by keeping things quiet in middle overs.
South Africa evaded a probable close encounter against New Zealand, thanks to the rain gods, which allowed them a relatively easy entry to the final four. Their bowlers appear to have found the rhythm and can make Australian batswomen dance to their tune. In order to send a statement, they'd need to play out of their skins to give Australia even a scare, let alone a loss.
Australia have bulldozed their way past every problem that's been thrown at them. Having lost just one game in the competition so far, the women in yellow look to be strongest contender to win the title. They lost against England where they appeared to be complacent and have taken things for granted.
With the semifinal spot already sealed, Australia might rest a few of their key players who might be suffering with some or of niggle. Skipper Meg Landing could be one of those as she's struggling with a sore Shoulder. Having said that, Lanning has been Australia's most prolific player in the tournament having scored more than 300 runs so far.
Elysse Perry too has hit the form with both bat and ball and will be a key player for Aussies in the upcoming game. Their openers, Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton have more often than not provided a solid start and same would be expected of them once again.
All in all, Australian team has played like defending champions and are one of the favourites to lift the trophy. They might look to test their bench strength, but make no mistake, that doesn't make them any less dangerous.
Pressure will be off from both the sides, but this would be an ideal opportunity to take the momentum in to the Semifinal and send a strong message. South Africa has bounced back into the tournament in one of the most remarkable fashions and can be a dangerous team on their day. Australia, on the other hand, have played ruthlessly and haven't even given an inch to the opposition. Considering the form, team on paper and head to head records, Australia are clear favorites to win this upcoming encounter.