England will face India on Saturday with a place in the commonwealth games final on the line after beating New Zealand, chasing a paltry 72 in just 11.4 overs to top Group B.
Coming off a seven-wicket win in their most dominant display at Birmingham 2022 so far, England avoided a semi-final showdown against Australia, the Group A winners and crushing gold medal favorites. gold.
But despite the absence of the injured captain briar knightEngland are slowly regaining confidence after a disappointing winter as they recorded a sixth successive T20 victory this summer.
Catherine Brunt was nearly unplayable on the power play, finishing with outstanding numbers of 3-1-4-2, as New Zealand limped to 71 in nine before England secured their third consecutive group victory.
“I didn’t expect it,” said England skipper Nat Sciver. “New Zealand have been a strong team and generally fought well. It’s really nice to have a quiet win.
“If we start like this against any team, I think we’ll be in a pretty good position. We don’t think about winning in a row, more about the attitude and the way we play, we fell into the rhythm.
“Taking the ball when we hit and looking for wickets as much as possible when we play – that attitude has really helped us play with a bit more freedom and it seems to have worked.
There were also two wickets apiece for Issy Wong and Sarah Glenn, but Brunt sped up England’s charge, uprooting Sophie Devine’s stump of leg with an off-kick in the opening after the White Ferns captain chosen to strike first on a ground where Sri Lanka was beaten for 46 against South Africa.
Amelia Kerr then missed a heave on the line and was also knocked down by Brunt, with New Zealand unable to recover as they tipped to 35 in five, their alarming stance encapsulated when Brooke Halliday left for a single that was never played before it was sold out. with her and Maddy Green at the same end.
Green had the top score with 19 before being cheated out by a late Sophie Ecclestone dive, while Hannah Rowe (10 not out) was the only other New Zealand batter to hit double figures as the Kiwis recorded their third worst T20 total and lowest in a completed innings.
As Danni Wyatt edged Fran Jonas in the early part of the chase, Alice Capsey found an early mastery that her New Zealand counterparts lacked, the teenager continuing her fine tournament by smashing four fours into an over from Lea Tahuhu at the delight of the 10,892 people present in Edgbaston.
Capsey was out for 23 years after clubbing halfway through, adding a single point after being called up as she came off a Devine no-ball, but there was no sense of imminent danger and Amy Jones completed the pitch 18 on 10 deliveries, hitting a full throw from Jensen through the midwicket for the game-winning runs.
Knight was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a hip injury and Sciver admitted the fact the problem does not persist in England is a positive.
“It’s okay not to be like ‘is she okay, isn’t she okay?’ I feel like I’m in a pretty good rhythm with that,” Sciver added. “I’m very happy to take on the leadership role, it was fun.”
As New Zealand licks its wounds after a crushing defeat, they had already booked their place in the semi-finals and are now eagerly awaiting a clash against antipode rivals Australia.
England beat New Zealand to host India semi-final at Commonwealth Games
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