In the lead up to this match, South Africa’s bowlers were basking in the glory of their clinical performance against the West Indies and there was a lot of chatter about how the English batting order will fare against the likes of Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail. The events of the day however told a completely different story. It was a day where the South African bowlers were overwhelmed by the mammoth second wicket stand between Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont. With 275 runs between them, the second wicket only fell in the 46th over when Taylor attempted a scoop off Ismail’s bowling. The score was 334/2 then. The partnership is the second highest in women’s cricket and the highest in women's world cup history. England managed to add another 40 runs in the next four overs to put up a formidable total of 373.
South Africa came out with the intention to chase and they couldn’t have asked for a better start than the 128-run opening partnership between Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee. Other batting stints, like Chloe Tryon’s quick fire 54 off 26 balls, in the middle kept the South African effort afloat. However there were not enough partnerships to ensure a steady flow of runs and maintain the high run-rate that the insurmountable total required. Despite falling short of the target by 68 runs, South Africa can take solace in the fact that they managed the highest total ever for a team batting second in a women’s ODI cricket. This is also the first time in ODI history that a team crossed the 300-run mark in a second innings. It was an exciting day’s cricket with a total of 678 runs scored between the two teams—whoever said women’s cricket matches were low scoring!
England vs South Africa ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Full Match Highlights
In a match replete with sublime batting performances, Sarah Taylor’s 147 runs off 104 balls stood out for its sheer brilliance. Taylor absolutely dominated the South African bowling and she did not look the slightest bit troubled throughout her 35 overs at the crease.
This was not a good day to be a bowler. On a day when each team scored over 300 a piece, England’s Katherine Brunt managed to bowl 8 overs for just 16 runs. While she did not take any wickets, choking runs when the required run rate from the get-go was 7.46 proved quite handy in restricting South Africa in its run chase.