Commonwealth Games, Day 6 Wrap: Semi-finals set as England trounce New Zealand

Commonwealth Games 2022

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Semi-final fixtures have been set following England's thumping win over New Zealand to end group stage action at Birmingham 2022.

Holding New Zealand to 71/9 from the 20 overs, England were emphatic with the bat, chasing down the target inside 12 overs.

It means that the hosts welcome India in semi-final action, while Australia take on trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on the other side of the draw.

Earlier in the day South Africa were far too strong for Sri Lanka to finish third in Group B.

Match 11 - South Africa v Sri Lanka

Toss: South Africa opted to field first

Result: South Africa won by 10 wickets

Sri Lanka collapse

South Africa couldn't have dreamt of a better start with the ball after opting to field first in their final Commonwealth Games encounter.

Shabnim Ismail struck off the very first ball to dismiss Hasini Perera. Masabata Klaas got in on the act the very next over, angling the ball away from the left-hander Harshitha Samarawickrama with Sinalo Jafta completing her second catch of the match.

Nadine de Klerk bowled a splendid double-wicket maiden off the last over of the Powerplay, removing Anushka Sanjeewani and Nilakshi de Silva at either side of the over. Kavisha Dilhari had her stumps uprooted by a gem of a delivery from de Klerk as Sri Lanka lost half their side for just 18.

Chamari Athapaththu's 29-ball stay at the crease finally came to an end, courtesy of a brilliant return catch from Masabata Klaas. Bar a couple of fours from Malsha Shehani, the Sri Lankan lower-order did not contribute much as they were bowled out for 46, their lowest-ever score in T20Is.

South Africa romp home

Set a meagre target of 47, South Africa made light work of the chase as they needed a little over six overs to complete the win.

The Sri Lanka bowlers were awry in the lines, giving away easy boundaries for the Proteas. Tazmin Brits finished the game off in style with a four, handling South Africa their first win at the Commonwealth Games by 10 wickets.

Match 12 - England v New Zealand

Toss: New Zealand opted to bat first 

Result: England won by seven wickets

England bowlers set up simple chase

Rampaging through the top order, Katherine Brunt and Issy Wong made an England win a foregone conclusion.

The pair rattled the top three of Sophie Devine (1), Amelia Kerr (3) and Suzie Bates (6) to have the White Ferns 12/3 an unable to climb out of the hole.

The run out of Brooke Halliday (1) compounded matters, and Sophie Ecclestone beat the defences of Maddy Green (19) who was the only player to show any resistance.

Capsey's glimpse of class in chase formality

Despite the early wicket of Danni Wyatt (1), England were untroubled in the chase to secure top spot.

Sophia Dunkley (19) and Alice Capsey (23 from 19 balls) moved things along with a partnership of 41, with Capsey hitting five boundaries in her cameo.

Approaching her 18th birthday, Capsey is already making an impression in English colours. Averaging 35.50 with a strike rate of 120 in the format, the right-hander looks to be a long-term rock of the batting order.

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