England goes into main draw with perfect warm-up record

Asked to bowl, England restricted South Africa to 101 for 7. It chased down the total in 16.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Sara Taylor scored 37 runs to help England win the warm-up match against South Africa on Monday.   -  THE HINDU

More than England’s disciplined bowling, it was South Africa’s poor show with the bat and ball which resulted in its loss. With a day left for the main draw of the ICC Women’s World T20 to kick off, England showcased its all-round performance to prove why it is one of the favourites in the tournament. England’s famed line-up had no trouble chasing down 102 runs, registering a seven-wicket victory in the warm-up match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here. The result ensured England went into the main draw on a high, having won all the three warm-up matches it has played. It was South Africa’s second consecutive warm-up loss in as many games.

Chasing 102, England smashed 12 runs in the first over. However, it lost Charlotte early in the match. Sarah Taylor, the star of the first warm-up, and opener Amy Jones steadied England’s innings but it was left to Danielle Wyatt and Heather Knight to steer the side to victory. Danielle Wyatt hit the winning runs with 21 balls to spare.

Asked to bowl, England restricted South Africa to 101 for the loss of seven wickets. Anya Shrubsole, Jenny Gunn and Heather Knight picked up two wickets each. Apart from Dinesha Davnarain’s late show towards the end and Trisha Chetty’s grit, South Africa never looked like scoring a challenging total.

England had an injury scare when Anya collided with Amy Jones and fell on the ground in pain. Rebecca Grundy substituted for Anya after the latter went off the field for treatment. She however came back to pick up the wicket of Lizelle Lee as Katherine Brunt, who went wicketless, took the catch.

India faces Bangladesh in Bengaluru in the opening match of the tournament tomorrow.

Brief scores: South Africa 101 for 7 in 20 overs (T Chetty 31, D Devnarain 21 n.o., A Shrubsole 4 for 17) lost to England 102 for 3 in 16.3 overs ( Sarah Taylor 37, Amy Jones 28 )