Peerless Kapp takes South Africa over the line to leave England winless


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Defending champions lose three in three after South Africa allrounder returns five-for after which hits 42-ball 32

South Africa 236 for 7 (Wolvaardt 77, Luus 36, Kapp 32, Shrubsole 2-34) beat England 235 for 9 (Beaumont 62, Jones 53, Kapp 5-45, Klaas 2-23) by three wickets

Marizanne Kapp starred with the ball after which needed to do it with the bat, too, to provide South Africa their first win over England at a World Cup in additional than 20 years – and solely the second within the historical past of the event – to go away the defending champions winless and looking at an early exit after three matches.

Kapp took her first ODI five-for to maintain England to beneath 240 on a sluggish Bay Oval floor, after which scored 32 off 42 balls to go away South Africa on the doorstep of victory in a tense chase.

After selecting to bowl first and proscribing England to 235, South Africa had been well-placed on 147 for two within the thirty fifth over earlier than dropping three wickets for 22 runs. They then wanted 57 runs off the final ten overs, 31 off the final 5, and ten off the final ten balls after Kapp was dismissed lbw by Anya Shrubsole. Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail, who solely bowled half her overs after injuring her left massive toe, accomplished the chase with 4 balls to spare.

Undefeated South Africa have moved as much as second on the factors desk with the outcome. England, alternatively, have develop into the primary defending champions to lose their first three matches. It is usually their second main event defeat to South Africa, after dropping within the T20 World Cup in February 2020.

The match was a mini-summation of each groups’ journey by way of the event to this point. Whereas South Africa showcased their capability to deal with stress within the dying levels of a match, England’s fielding woes continued. They dropped three catches and missed a stumping probability, all off South Africa’s top-scorer Laura Wolvaardt, to take their event tally of missed alternatives to a dozen.
Wolvaardt was put down on 4, 23, 50 and 62, grew to become South Africa’s highest run-scorer at World Cups, and bettered her greatest rating at a World Cup with 77, which arrange South Africa’s chase. She shared in a 56-run second-wicket stand with Tazmin Brits, who notched up her highest rating of the event to this point, and a 73-run third-wicket partnership with captain Sune Luus at a run price that hovered round 4 an over. Wolvaardt and Luus took South Africa to the thirty fifth over with 89 runs wanted off 96 balls and eight wickets in hand. On paper, a cruise house. However England had different concepts.
After Amy Jones missed a stumping probability off Wolvaardt, she pulled one off when Charlie Dean drew Luus ahead right into a drive, and Jones dislodged the bails as Luus’ foot was within the air. Ten balls later, Wolvaardt tried one massive shot too many and pulled Kate Cross to midwicket, the place Nat Sciver collected. And three overs later, Mignon du Preez‘s lean patch continued. She bought a thick exterior edge as she tried to chop Sophie Ecclestone away and was caught behind to go away her and not using a rating of over 20 in seven ODI innings this yr.
The stress was transferred to the decrease order the place Kapp and Chloe Tryon needed to see off Ecclestone, England’s greatest bowler on the day, and attempt to speed up to the top. They placed on 30 in 29 balls earlier than Tryon grew to become the fourth batter within the event to be run-out backing up too far on the non-striker’s finish. It was as much as Kapp, who hit the one six of the match when she flicked a low full toss from Katherine Brunt behind sq. on the leg-side to cut back the goal to 23 off 27 balls. She did not see it to the top, although, as she was out lbw within the penultimate over, however the expertise of Chetty and Ismail took South Africa house.

Ultimately, they could mirror that they made heavy climate of a below-par complete, with Heather Knight admitting England had been 20-30 runs quick of their first innings. They had been rocked by a Kapp double-strike upfront earlier than Tammy Beaumont and Jones shared a 107-run third-wicket stand. Each introduced up half-centuries to provide England a platform to construct on, however Kapp prevented that from taking place. She fired within the throw that ran Jones out after which returned for a strangling death-overs spell, wherein she took three wickets in 9 balls.

On a pitch that was anticipated to have one thing in it for spinners – England even omitted opening batter Laura Winfield-Hill to make room for offspinner Dean – Kapp adjusted completely. She bowled a constant line exterior the off stump and took tempo off the ball, which made her tough to get away and harmful to assault, and was backed by a disciplined effort from the remainder of the assault.

South Africa had been with out Ismail from the twentieth over however Masabata Klaas conceded at beneath three an over and the spinners squeezed England, complemented by sharp fielding. After two strange efforts of their first two video games, South Africa didn’t drop any catches or miss any run-out possibilities, a stark distinction to England.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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