Race To The Final – #WWC17

The final match has been decided, there is going to be a new champion. England and India will be battling at Lord’s Sunday 23rd July 2017 for the Women’s World Cup Trophy. Two incredible teams, excited for this final.

Semi-Final 1

Tears flowed at the start of the first semi-final, England and South Africa played at Bristol on Wednesday. Singing their national anthem, Chole Tyron and Marizanne Kapp both couldn’t hold back their tears. These two were playing in their 2nd and 3rd World Cups respectively, however this was their first knockout game. Truly was a joyous moment for both ladies.

The South Africans batted first and managed to get a total of 218-6 from their 50 overs. They had a rough start losing two early wickets, batting at 48-2 (11.4 overs). Laura Wolvaardt and Megnon du Preez restored their team’s innings by playing some wonderful cricket. Both women lead the way for the South Africans getting to half centuries. Wolvaardt departed on 66 runs (8 4s) after she was bowled by Heather Knight, du Preez continued remaining not out on 76 runs (5 4s).

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images
Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

On to the England’s innings now, Sarah Taylor top scored with 54 runs inclusive of 7 fours, Knight and Fran Wilson both chipped in with 30 runs each. England lost 3 quick wickets in the space of 6 runs, batting 145-5 (34 over). At this point, I wasn’t sure what the outcome would have been, victory could have gone to any side. Jenny Gunn played a simple yet important innings for England by playing some confident and quality cricket, really was magical to watch. Needing 3 runs from the final over, Gunn on strike, dot ball, second ball a quick single taking Gunn off strike. This was really nerve racking to watch…Lol. Now on strike was Laura Marsh needing just 2 runs from 4 balls, in comes Shabnim Ismail to bowl, bowling Marsh who had to depart. Next in for the English was Anya Shrubsole who wasted no time hitting the winning runs for England with a boundary. England won by 2 wickets with 2 balls to spare.

Photo Courtesy: Getty Image- Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn celebrate the winning runs.
England v South Africa - ICC Women's World Cup - Semi Final - County Ground
Photo Courtesy: PA Photos – This would have been South Africa’s first final if they had won, it wasn’t to be.

Semi-Final 2

Australia v India - ICC Women's World Cup - Semi Final - County Ground
Photo Courtesy: PA Photos

With persistent rains the second semi-final was delayed. Thankfully, there was a match played, however the overs were reduced to 42 overs per side.

Batting first was India, they lost two early wickets of Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut with 35 runs on the board.  Captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied India’s innings, it was Kaur who lead the way with her brilliant performance. Kaur, star of this entire match, at 28 years old she was really remarkable and breath taking to watch. She made 171 runs (115 balls), demolishing the Australian bowlers, punishing them throughout the innings. Harmanpreet brought up her half century with 64 balls and her next 121 runs with just 51 balls, are you kidding me??? Just a beauty, this was a memorable innings to watch, one to remember. India ended on 281-4 from their 42 overs.

Australia v India: Semi-Final - ICC Women's World Cup 2017
Photo Courtesy: Getty Images –  Harmanpreet Kaur played an amazing innings in the match.

Defending champions Australia got off to a very shaky start, losing their first three wickets for just 21 runs. Elyse Villani and Ellyse Perry got things going for the Australians, giving the innings some momentum. Both ladies were dismissed in the space of 14 runs, Villani went for 75 runs (13 4s) and Perry 38 runs, Australia batting 140-5. It wasn’t over for the Australians just yet as Alex Blackwell tried her best to keep the innings going. Unfortunately, the remaining players didn’t step up, Blackwell top scored with 90 runs, Blackwell  was the final wicket to fall. Indian won the match by 36 runs.

Australia v India: Semi-Final - ICC Women's World Cup 2017
Photo Courtesy: Getty Images – Alex Blackwell top scored for Australia with 90 runs.
Australia v India: Semi-Final - ICC Women's World Cup 2017
Photo Courtesy: Getty Images – Deepti Sharma celebrates the final  wicket of  Blackwell.

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