England v South Africa: Hosts win first T20 to wrap up multi-format sequence

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First Royal London Twenty20 worldwide, Chelmsford
South Africa 111-9 (20 overs): Wolvaardt 55 (49); Brunt 4-15, Ecclestone 2-27
England 114-4 (15 overs): Dunkley 59 (39); Khaka 3-13
England received by six wickets; England lead multi-format sequence 10-2
Scorecard

Katherine Brunt and Sophia Dunkley starred as England received the primary Twenty20 worldwide towards South Africa by six wickets to wrap up the multi-format sequence with two video games to spare.

After profitable the toss and opting to bowl in Chelmsford, England restricted South Africa to 111-9 from their 20 overs, with Brunt taking a career-best 4-15.

These wickets took the 37-year-old previous 100 T20 worldwide wickets, and pulled her stage with Anya Shrubsole on 102 – probably the most by an England ladies’s participant.

Laura Wolvaardt top-scored with 55, however, as has been the case all through the white-ball leg of the tour, it was one other below-par batting show from the vacationers, who have been with out star all-rounder Marizanne Kapp as a result of she has returned residence for private causes.

England captain Heather Knight had spoken about being more aggressive in the powerplay and it noticed them lose Danni Wyatt and Bryony Smith however 50-2 was a constructive step ahead.

Nat Sciver fell for 13, however Dunkley, opening for the primary time in worldwide cricket, smashed a 39-ball 59 to interrupt the again of the chase.

Knight then steered England residence with an unbroken partnership of 29 with Amy Jones, because the hosts received with 30 balls left.

Ayabonga Khaka was the decide of the South African bowlers, taking 3-13.

The win offers England an unassailable 10-2 lead within the multi-format sequence with T20s to return at Worcester on Saturday and Derby on Monday.

Brunt leads disciplined bowling show

This summer time has seen Brunt retire from the Take a look at format as she appears to be like to extend her white-ball profession, with a specific give attention to the Commonwealth Video games this summer time and the T20 World Cup in February.

Primarily based on this proof, she is pretty much as good as ever and England are fortunate to have her.

Brunt was lethal correct all through, focusing on the stumps, as she bowled opener Lara Goodball and captain Sune Luus in her first and second over respectively to grow to be the seventh girl to take 100 worldwide T20 wickets.

Anisa Mohammed (West Indies) 125
Ellyse Perry (Australia) 115
Shabnim Ismail (South Africa) 112
Nida Dar (Pakistan) 106
Anya Shrubsole (England) 102
Katherine Brunt (England) 102
Megan Schutt (Australia) 100

She returned later within the innings and cleverly adopted Delmi Tucker to attract a catch for Dunkley within the covers, earlier than she bought the prize wicket of the set, Wolvaardt, in her closing over, because the right-hander pulled to Sciver at deep mid-wicket.

One other abject batting show from South Africa, whose ways of holding Wolvaardt again to 4 within the order have been questioned by Take a look at Match Particular pundits, allowed Knight to rotate her bowlers at will and England to bowl tight to the stumps and prohibit scoring.

Issy Wong was spectacular on her T20 debut, bowling 14 dot balls in her 0-19 from 4 overs, whereas left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (2-27 from 4 overs) and off-spinner Sarah Glenn (1-18 from three overs) produced performances befitting of their rating because the primary and two-ranked bowlers on the planet.

Dunkley grabs probability to impress

It has been a summer time of promotions for Dunkley after she moved as much as three and cracked a maiden ton within the ODI sequence.

The 24-year-old had not too long ago smashed a 73-ball 123external-link on the high of the order in a T20 franchise event in Dubai and a maiden T20 half-century in her first innings there in worldwide cricket suggests she has the potential to be a everlasting function at opener.

She was sometimes robust down the bottom, hitting sixes over long-off and long-on, and he or she whipped by way of sq. leg for one more.

After the lack of Wyatt and Smith – who returned to the facet after 4 years – she might have gone into her shell however she continued to be aggressive and play how Knight and head coach Lisa Keightley have challenged their facet to.

There was some luck alongside the best way, as she sliced simply wanting deep third and was dropped at long-on by Shabnim Ismail on 49, however as she departed, after high edging to deep sq. leg, Knight ran after Dunkley and gave her a pat on the again.

The captain has requested for fearlessness as a result of they know that’s what is required to problem a dominant Australia facet and Dunkley confirmed that in abundance.

South Africa missed Kapp, who is without doubt one of the greatest bowlers on the planet, they usually once more lacked the management and expertise with the bat and within the discipline of common captain Dane van Niekerk, who’s lacking the tour with an ankle damage.

The run map shows Sophia Dunkley scored 59 with three sixes, five fours, two twos, and 17 singles
Dunkley performed a sequence of highly effective photographs down the bottom and over mid-wicket

‘A medical efficiency from Brunt’ – response

England captain Heather Knight: “I believed we have been excellent with the ball, Katherine [Brunt] set the tone actually properly, What a show she placed on. A medical efficiency.

On Dunkley opening: “Extra spectacular is the best way she went about it, the intent she had. It is a barely new function for her and it will take a while to regulate to it and learn how to go about it. But it surely was enjoyable to look at.”

South Africa captain Sune Luus: “Clearly we have been simply a few runs brief and the bowlers did effectively at the moment. Ayabonga [Khaka] placed on a little bit of a present and Laura Wolvaardt’s knock as effectively, good positives to take out of at the moment.

“It is only one dangerous sport for us however we take loads of positives from it. As I say, the bowlers did effectively and we simply want one or two extra batters to fireplace as effectively to place up that huge rating.”

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