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2022 Commonwealth Game: Women's Cricket Group B "3rd and 4th Match"

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

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As a continuation of the Cricket matches at 2022, Commonwealth Games.

England women's national cricket team and South Africa women's national cricket team take over the 3rd match , while New Zealand women's cricket team and Sri Lanka women's national cricket team battled for the 4th match.

3rd Match in Group B: England women's national cricket team and South Africa women's national cricket team

As Alice Capsey helped England to 2 wins in Commonwealth Games, as they beat South Africa by 26 runs.

Match Highlights:

Alice Capsey reached fifty in 36 balls and became just the second teenager to reach the milestone in a T20I for England after Sarah Taylor achieved the feat as an 18-year-old against New Zealand in 2007.

After Capsey's dismissal, England slumped to 94 for 5 but an unbroken 73-run stand from Katherine Brunt and Amy Jones pushed up the target for South Africa - a side they have now sunk seven times in white-ball games this summer - to 168. Despite an opening partnership of 64 between Anneke Bosch and Tazmin Brits, and an unbeaten 41 by Laura Wolvaardt, they couldn't score quickly enough against a very disciplined group of England bowlers.

Capsey had been building towards this and, in just her third international innings, she reached fifty. It wasn't the first time she had answered the call after opener Sophia Dunkley fell early.

Capsey didn't bat in her debut match, England's second T20I against South Africa in Worcester, but she got her chance when she was elevated to No. 3 in the third match of that series in Derby and smashed four consecutive fours on her way to 25 off 17. Then, having copped a nasty black eye during the warm-up for England's Commonwealth Games opener against Sri Lanka, she scored 44 at just over a run-a-ball to top score in a five-wicket victory.

On this occasion, she found herself in the action early again when Dunkley fell in the second over. Capsey and Danni Wyatt capitalised as Nadine de Klerk bowled too full and too wide, helping themselves to 21 runs off her first over including three fours in succession to Capsey.

Capsey survived two run-out chances, both times Ayabonga Khaka's shy at the stumps was off target. After Wyatt fell edging Shabnim Ismail behind to Sinalo Jafta for 27, Capsey showed she wasn't afraid of Ismail's pace, advancing steadily down the pitch to one of the fastest bowlers in the women's game and crashing her through the covers for four and, at the end of the powerplay, England were 49 for 2.

Capsey clubbed a third de Klerk full toss over cover for four as the bowler conceded 34 off her two overs and was removed from the attack. Capsey moved to 48 with an effortless six off a Bosch full toss through backward square leg and, after Nat Sciver fell edging Bosch behind, Capsey brought up her half-century with a rushed single and her acknowledgment of the crowd's applause was somewhat anticlimactic as it came only after Amy Jones was confirmed to have made her ground at the striker's end. Capsey fell a short time later, offering a simple return catch to Nonkululeko Mlaba.

Ismail showed signs of providing the impact South Africa so desperately needed in the field. She struck with her first ball of the match to remove Dunkley with the most perfect yorker which ripped out leg stump and when she had Wyatt caught behind trying to guide the ball down to third, Ismail had 2 for 2 in seven balls.

But she ended up conceding 19 runs off her last two overs as Jones and Brunt added 73 runs off 43 balls after England had lost three wickets for five runs in the space of nine balls - Sciver, Capsey and Maia Bouchier, run out in a mix-up with Jones.

With strike bowling partner Marizanne Kapp back home for family reasons, Ismail lacked the support to make enough inroads as England cruised to a respectable total, sealed with Jones' six over deep midwicket off Khaka to finish on 36 not out while Brunt was unbeaten on 38.

Bosch and Brits made a solid start, reaching 39 for 0 after the powerplay, the only concern that they were considerably short of the required run rate. Having shelled a chance at mid-on to dismiss Bosch on 4, Sophie Ecclestone finally made the breakthrough in the 10th over with an excellent delivery that spun into middle and leg stump with the batter playing all around it.

Brits also survived a dropped catch by Dunkley at backward square leg on 22 and she later overturned an lbw decision when replays showed she had got a glove on the ball attempting to reverse sweep Sarah Glenn before being struck on the pad. Brits also stayed afloat on umpire's call as England reviewed another lbw shout off Glenn, but another close call went England's way when she was stumped off Freya Kemp, failing by a fraction to ground her foot after an attempted reverse scoop as Jones whipped off the bails.

South Africa brought Wolvaardt up the order, only the second time she has batted above No. 4 in T20Is for nearly two-and-a-half years, and she managed to reach 41 not out off 33 balls. But when Brunt had the big-hitting Chloe Tryon caught by Kemp at long-on, South Africa's firepower fizzled and England eased to victory.

4th Match in Group B: New Zealand women's cricket team and Sri Lanka women's national cricket team

A strong opening partnership and a priceless eight-ball cameo from Lea Tahuhu, followed by some incisive bowling led by Hayley Jensen saw New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs and march into the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games. The result also helped England confirm the other semi-final spot from Group B .

Match Highlights:

Sri Lanka have never beaten New Zealand in a T20I and that record was theirs to change when the spinners were in operation in the middle overs - New Zealand could manage only 67 runs for the loss of five wickets between overs 7 and 16. However, a strong finish from New Zealand followed by a capitulation from their own batters denied Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka began with spinners from both ends in a bid to keep Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates quiet. But Devine broke the shackles with two fours off Oshadi Ranasinghe in the second over. Bates and Devine then combined to hit a four each off Sugandika Kumari's third over inside the powerplay.

Despite the track assisting the slow pace of the spin twins, New Zealand had managed to get to 41 for none when the fielding restrictions ended.

Inoka Ranaweera was immediately summoned after the powerplay. While Bates struggled to middle her sweeps, Devine had managed to get underneath one and deposit it over deep square leg. Devine and Bates added their 12th half-century stand in the format with the former on course to become only the second woman to hit 100 T20I sixes after Deandra Dottin. However, a well-judged catch from Kavisha Dilhari after getting to her right from long-off ended Devine's pursuit of the milestone for now. Ranaweera then had Amelia Kerr missing a darted length ball to be bowled.

Ranasinghe struck twice in her third over to trigger a collapse. She first had Maddy Green brilliantly caught behind by Anushka Sanjeewani before the wicketkeeper pulled off another terrific diving catch after running towards point to end Bates' stay. From 51 for none, New Zealand had slid to 79 for 4, which became 89 for 5 when Jensen was stumped.

While Brooke Halliday and Isabella Gaze - the latter batting for the first time in international cricket - resurrected the innings, it was not until Tahuhu walked out that New Zealand's finish got the desired impetus.

She hit a four and a six off successive deliveries from Ranaweera to get going before helping score 13 off the final over of the innings to power New Zealand close to 150. Tahuhu's stay of eight deliveries had yielded 20 runs.

For Sri Lanka to chase down 148, Chamari Athapaththu would have had to score big. But her ungainly four-ball stay ended when she walked down to Jensen's inswing only to york herself and be bowled. This was after New Zealand missed opting for a review for lbw against her on the very first ball.

Hasini Perera was clueless against Jensen's swing and Tahuhu's pace, piling on the dots. Vishmi Gunaratne's enterprising cross-batted shot then found mid-on before Jensen ended Perera's misery. Jensen also bowled Sanjeewani to finish with 3 for 5 from her four overs.

Eden Carson picked up a couple of wickets - her first in internationals - to further dent Sri Lanka. Nilakshi de Silva's 36-run knock helped Sri Lanka get close to 100 before she mishit a wrong'un from Kerr to mid-off.

Though they managed to cross the hundred-run mark, the result was almost inevitable after the initial exchanges in the chase.

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