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SA-W vs ENG-W, Women’s WC 2022, Semi-final 2 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: South Africa Women vs England Women, (SA-W vs ENG-W, Semi-final 2)

Date: March 31, 2022 – 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can watch the women’s WC Semi-final clash between South Africa and England live on Star Sports 1/Star Sports 2 at 6:30 AM IST. You can also watch the contest live on online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. 

South Africa Women vs England Women, Semi-final 2: 

The Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 has its four finalists – Australia, South Africa, England and West Indies. In the second semi-final, we will witness South Africa and England women take on each other at Bay Oval in Christchurch on Thursday, March 31. 

South Africa women have had an incredible WC campaign so far, finishing second in the group stage with 11 points. The Sune Luus-led side has won five matches out of seven and their only loss came against the table-toppers Australia. SA are coming off a nail-biting victory over India in the last group fixture, where they knocked out India by chasing 275 on the last ball. 

England, on the other hand, had suffered three consecutive losses at the beginning of their campaign but bounced back spectacularly to win the next four and finish third on the table. Heather Knight’s England hammered Bangladesh by 100 runs in the last group game. 

South Africa had come out victorious by three wickets when these two teams met in the group stage, chasing down 236. The defending champions England would be looking to settle the scores on Thursday. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SA-W vs ENG-W, Semi-final 2

Hagley Oval in Christchurch is generally a good venue for batting. As many as 19 ODI matches have been hosted here across men’s and women’s cricket, with the average first innings score reading 247. The highest total posted at this ground was 341/9 by Scotland men. In the ongoing women’s WC, the first innings scores in three games read 105, 265/8 and 274/7. 

As for the weather in Christchurch on Thursday, there could be clouds later in the day. There’s a 15% chance of rain in the daytime, with the temperature around 20°C. 

South Africa – Expected XI and Team News 

South Africa have had a pretty settled unit throughout the competition. Lara Goodall replaced Tazmin Brits in the last game. Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp have been in form while Mignon du Preez returned among runs in the last game. The bowling department has been potent throughout. 

Probable XI – Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus (c), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka

England – Expected XI and Team News 

England have finally settled on a playing XI, with Danielle Wyatt finding form at the top and Charlie Dean in the lower middle order. Freya Davies was brought in for Anya Shrubsole in the last game. Nat Sciver, Tammy Beaumont and Sophie Ecclestone have been terrific in the WC. Katherine Brunt, Sophia Dunkley and Wyatt have returned to form at the right time.

Probable XI – Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole/Freya Davies

Head to head record of SA-W vs ENG-W

England women have dominated the head to head rivalry against South Africa Women in the past. Out of 39 ODIs between the two sides, England have won 29 while South Africa have claimed only 9. In the last five meetings, England lead the scoreline by 3-2. 

England – 29

South Africa – 9

No Result – 1

Semi-final 2: Five players to watch out for in the SA-W vs ENG-W

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Nat Sciver: All-rounder, England

Nat Sciver is one of the top cricketers in the game. She has been magnificent for England in the ongoing tournament, scoring 273 runs in six innings at 55 average while picking four wickets with the ball. Overall, Sciver has over 2548 runs in 87 ODIs 40 average and 59 scalps at 4.35 economy. Priced at 10 credits, Sciver is a good captaincy pick. 

Laura Wolvaardt: Batter, South Africa

One of the best batters in the world, Laura Wolvaardt is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing WC. She has scored 433 runs in seven games at an average of 62, including five fifties. Wolvaardt has 2915 runs in 73 ODIs at 42 average with three hundreds and 26 fifties. She’s priced at 10 credits and is a good VC option. 

Tammy Beaumont: Batter, England

Tammy Beaumont has been pretty solid at the top of the order for England. She has scored 3192 runs in 92 ODIs at an average of 43 with eight centuries and 16 half centuries. Beaumont has scored 243 runs in the ongoing WC at 35 average with two fifties. Beaumont comes at 9.5 credits in the MPL XI. 

Marizanne Kapp: All-rounder, South Africa

Marizanne Kapp has been one of the pillars for South Africa women and has been terrific in the ongoing WC. The all-rounder has picked 10 wickets in seven matches at an economy of 4.65 and has scored 182 runs at an average of 45. In her overall career, Kapp has 2199 runs at 30 average and 144 wickets at 3.73 rpo. Marizanne is a must pick at 10 credits. 

Sophie Ecclestone: Bowler, England  

Sophie Ecclestone is the top wicket-taker in the ongoing WC, having claimed 14 wickets in seven games at an excellent average of 15.78. The world no. 1 ODI bowler has 69 wickets to her credit in 44 ODIs at 21.65 average, including two four-fers. Ecclestone is priced at 9.5 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

For more information about fantasy cricket and how to play, head over to https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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