filleted through the covers! KSB seals the deal as England stride to the top of the group.
6.05pm That's a wrap, but don't stray too far. The fun is just getting started. We'll have full coverage of South Africa versus New Zealand coming up shortly - an incredibly crucial game for two beaten big guns. The loser might be packing their bags long before the semis, to judge by the standings in Group 1. From Miller, Matt and Binoy, see you later!
Laura Delany: "Disappointed but fair play to England. Positives to take but we need big partnerships in the next game. Our top three batted with great intent, the next step is keep the momentum going and give the middle order a platform. Looking forward to playing Pakistan, was a competitive match in November. Brilliant to have family away from home, so noisy in the stand, great to have them supporting us."
Heather Knight: "Ireland came at us hard, the spinners brought it back and we've got three world-class options - offspin, legspin, left-arm. Alice broke the back of the chase, we made it hard but it's two points. In T20 cricket, it's a bit of a mantra, take the game on, we've got the depth to go hard and get ahead of the game. India is going to be a great game, and a slightly different venue, head over to Port Elizabeth tomorrow, have a couple of days off, and reassess." She means GQ obvs... but doubtless can't pronounce it (let alone spell it) so we'll forgive her
The Player of the Match is Alice Capsey. "Loving it, to play for England in a World Cup is the dream, isn't it? Put pressure on the bowlers at every opportunity, no complaints on my part, fits into my game and I'm loving it. We're high on confidence, India next will be a great game. SA wickets are a little different, staying low and holding, had to change my game a little but sticking to my mentality."
And to think she had a broken collarbone back in December... remarkable innings
5.50pm Well, that was an odd match. Both teams so composed in the powerplay, both teams lost their heads somewhat thereafter. But ultimately the skill of England's spinners, and the oozing talent of Alice Capsey's 21-ball fifty proved more than enough for a very comfortable chase. England will be concerned by that late stumble, however. Better teams will have taken note of that.
John Glover: "England should have wrapped this up ages ago. A long hard look in the mirror needed to have any chance of beating India and/or Australia. " Well quite
Akshit: "This game is giving Indian fans some hope of beating England to avoid Aussies in the semifinal, which was not very high after India's fielding performance against Pakistan." Indeed, that is shaping up as a monster match-up now
John: "Wouldn't say they are making a mess of it. Won't care about wickets, just so long as they get the runs quickly" I didn't say that, I said it was a good impression of a mess. Which it is
patted into the covers
It's not the statement win they'd envisaged... but it's surely still a win, right?
holes out in the covers! This is pretty chaotic from England, they've collectively lost their shape in this chase, with Jones the latest to over-hit a well-flighted delivery, and slice the leading edge high to the edge of the ring...
a stride to the pitch and boshed over the top! That's more like it, makes room to free the arms and times it well
frantic run-out scenes! I think Jones is safe, but she was running through treacle. Yep, the keeper got the ball in good time but had too much ground to make up as the shy came in from cover
beaten outside off, that one climbs off the pitch
bowled off a leg-sided deflection! Due reward for Murray but a soft dismissal from Knight! Down on one knee, climbing into a sweep, but she was early through the stroke, as the ball kissed the under-side of her glove and bobbled into her stumps! England are making a very good impression of a mess of this. But Ireland are probably 20 runs light of real hope
lots of air, an inside-out swipe into the covers... huge leading edge, but plops safely between two fielders. Lucky!
huge swipe at the wider line, but Knight can't connect. Just one run off the over, and England have rather lost their mojo
angled bat into the off side
yorker, dipping outside off, and inducing a late stab to the off side
dead-batted block on the front foot, this is a doughty over so far
tight line, tucked to the on-side, full length
very full length, driven hard but a strong cover ring is in place to intercept
crunchy drive, but straight at short cover. England still need 10 to win
pressed to the off side
inside-out, and heaved over long-off! Knight takes a chunk out of the requirement with a languid plant of the front foot
clipped out to mid-on
tight line from over the wicket, tapped back to the bowler
eased to the on-side
|Boland Park, Paarl|
|Toss||Ireland Women, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1361|
|Match days||13 February 2023 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||England Women 2, Ireland Women 0|