South Africa had a mixed campaign in the group stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2023, winning two matches and losing two. They finished second in Group A and will now face England in the semi-final 2 of the tournament.
They can expect a challenging match against England, but they have the talent and potential to cause an upset. They will need to play with a positive mindset and execute their plans to perfection if they want to book a spot in the final of the T20 World Cup 2023.
Here’s how South Africa reached the semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2023:
South Africa vs Sri Lanka
South Africa suffered a shocking defeat in their opening match against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka batted first and scored 129 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs. Chasing the target, South Africa kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They were at one stage 72/5 but lost their last five wickets for just 48 runs to fall short of the target by three runs. Sune Luus was the top scorer for South Africa with 28 runs, but the team couldn’t maintain the momentum in the end.
South Africa vs New Zealand
In their second match, South Africa made a strong comeback by defeating New Zealand by 65 runs. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first, and put up a total of 132/6 runs on the board, courtesy of a brilliant 40-run knock by Chloe Tryon. In response, New Zealand were bundled out for 67 runs in 18.1 overs, with Mlaba taking three wickets and Tryon continuing her momentum with a two-wicket haul.
South Africa vs Australia
In their third match, South Africa faced a tough challenge against the unbeaten Australian team. Batting first, South Africa could only manage a total of 124/6 on the board, with Tazmin Brits scoring 45 off 36 balls. However, the Australian batters proved too strong for the South African bowlers, as they chased down the target with six wickets in hand and 21 balls to spare.
South Africa vs Bangladesh
In their final group stage match, South Africa faced Bangladesh, knowing that they needed to win to qualify for the semi-finals. South Africa were asked to field first. They put up a great bowling display, with Ayabonga Khaka and Marizanne Kapp taking two wickets each as Bangladesh were restricted to just 113/6 runs. In reply, South Africa chased down the target with ease, winning the match by 10 wickets. Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt were the stars with the bat, scoring unbeaten half-centuries.
South Africa will be hoping to continue their winning momentum after a convincing 10-wicket victory. However, they will have to play their best cricket to defeat a strong England side who have been in excellent form throughout the tournament.
They will need their top-order batters to score runs and set up a good total or chase down a target. The middle order will need to provide stability and build on the good start provided by the top order.
In terms of bowling, South Africa has a decent bowling attack. They will need to be disciplined with their line and length and take wickets at regular intervals to put pressure on the England batters.