ICC Women’s World Cup: England v South Africa, Date, time, UK TV Coverage and squads

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England have made it through to World Cup Semi Final despite rocky start to tournament

England’s Women cricketers came into the ICC World Cup as the reigning champions, desperate to hold on to their Trophy.

However, after starting the tournament with three straight defeats, a place in the top four was looking increasingly further away and it became more a story of survival rather than winning.

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England started with a 12 run loss to Australia, a seven run loss to West Indies and a three wicket loss to South Africa before they were able to turn around their misfortunes.

Finally, they were able to take a win and defeated India by four wickets thanks to an impressive 4/23 from young spinner Charlie Dean and a half century from England’s captain Heather Knight.

Up next was a thrilling one wicket win over hosts New Zealand. Anya Shrubsole and Charlie Dean were able to hold their nerve to keep England’s semi final hopes alive.

England then secured two more comprehensive victories over Pakistan and lastly Bangladesh.

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Danni Wyatt and Katherine Brunt returned to form against Pakistan but it was up to Sophia Dunkley to save the day against Bangladesh.

Dunkley has been out of form recently but just in time, made a stunning comeback to prove why she is in the squad and hit some beautiful shots on her way to make 67 off 72 balls.

Helped by Nat Sciver who scored 40 off 57, England posted a score of 234.

Sophia Dunkley celebrates her 50 on her way to 67 against BangladeshSophia Dunkley celebrates her 50 on her way to 67 against Bangladesh
Sophia Dunkley celebrates her 50 on her way to 67 against Bangladesh | Getty Images

It was a wicket for England’s spinners as both Sophie Ecclestone and Charlie Dean took three wickets apiece to bowl Bangladesh out for just 134. Lata Mondal top scored for Bangladesh with 30 runs but it was not enough to stave off England’s superior performance.

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England’s 100-run win also ensured that they would make it to the final four of the competition and, after a gloomy start, Heather Knight has led her cricketers to the 2022 ICC World Cup Semi final.

Here is all you need to know ahead of England’s semi final clash in the ICC World Cup

When is England’s Semi final match in the ICC World Cup?

England will face South Africa on Thursday 31 March 2022. The match will begin at 2am GMT.

Where will England play?

The match is set to take place at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand. England played Pakistan at the Hagley Oval on Thursday 24 March and won by nine wickets.

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How to watch England play South Africa in the ICC World Cup Semi final

Sky Sports have the rights to all of the World Cup matches and have been showing every ball of the tournament.

They will be showing the two semi final matches as well as the final which takes place on Sunday 3 April 2022.

Sky Sports packages are available from around £40/month.

Charlie Dean took three wickets against BangladeshCharlie Dean took three wickets against Bangladesh
Charlie Dean took three wickets against Bangladesh | AFP via Getty Images

Who is set to win?

South Africa have lost just one match at this tournament. Australia beat South Africa by five wickets on Monday 21 March but aside from this, the South Africans have had a nail-biting tournament.

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 32 runs in their opening game and have gone on to steal wins away from Pakistan, England, New Zealand and India, winning by six runs, three wickets, two wickets and three wickets all with minimal balls remaining.

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While South Africa may have beaten England earlier in the tournament, England had just beaten them in the warm-up matches and have also had the edge in their last meet ups in 2020.

It is set to be another gripping match, but as England have the momentum of four straight wins behind them, South Africa may soon find out that their luck will come to an end.

Who’s in the Squads?

The team line-ups have yet to be announced.

Here are NationalWorld’s predictions for the two squads:

England: Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Heather Knight (C), Nat Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Anya Shrubsole

South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka

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