Taylor, Shrubsole maintain golden run
England Women warms up for ICC Women's World T20 with seven-wicket win over South Africa Women in Chennai
14 March 2016 23:02
Sarah Taylor scored 37 from 36 to guide England Women to a seven-wicket win over South Africa Women.
After South Africa chose to bat first, England was on top of the game from the start, reducing its opponent to 79 for 5. Trisha Chetty, the opener, made 31 from 35 balls and Dinesha Devnarain made an unbeaten 21 from 19 balls to offer some semblance of a fight as South Africa stuttered to 101 for 7 at the end of the 20 overs.
Anya Shrubsole, the English pacer, was the only one asked to bowl the full quota of overs and she came through for Charlotte Edwards, the England skipper, with figures of 4 for 17. Heather Knight chipped in with 2 for 15 from three overs.
In response, England added 30 runs from the first 25 balls with Edwards and Amy Jones keeping up the tempo. After Edwards fell to Odine Kirsten for 12, Jones and Taylor stitched together a 44-run stand to quell any chance of a South African comeback.
Jones fell for 28 from 30 balls, and Taylor, whose last four innings have yielded a half-century each, was dismissed for 37 from 36 balls, but, by then, the team had realised 88 runs. Left with 14 runs to win, Knight (13 not out ) and Danielle Wyatt (5 not out) carried England past the total with seven wickets and 21 balls to spare.
England faces Bangladesh Women in its tournament opener on March 17 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, while South Africa takes on Australia Women on March 18 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur.
For full scorecard of the England v South Africa match, click here.