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February 10, 2013
England 81 for 3 in 9.3 overs (Brindle 28*) beat South Africa 77 (Shrubsole 5-17, Wyatt 3-7) by seven wickets
England Women kept their tournament hopes alive with a crushing seven-wicket win over South Africa in a Super Six match in Cuttack. While Australia are dominating the Super Six stage and leading the points table, the race for the second place is turning into a close, three-way contest between West Indies, England and New Zealand. England will need to win their next match against New Zealand with a large margin to improve their existing run rate, which may come into play in case two teams finish on same points.
England's win today was engineered by medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole who decimated the South African batting. By the eighth over, Shrubsole had dismissed South Africa's top order to leave the side struggling at 18 for four wickets. South Africa never managed to recover from that position, losing wickets in clusters before eventually folding for 77.
Given the small target, England struggled early on in their chase. Chloe Tryon took a couple of wickets in the fourth over to leave England wobbling at 26 for three. However, the total was too small for the South African bowlers to defend and Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle ensured that England got home in under ten overs, giving their run rate a substantial boost.
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