Dhaka - Sarah Taylor scored an unbeaten 44 and pacer Anya Shrubsole bowled a miserly spell to help former champions England maul South Africa by nine wickets in the second women’s semi-final at the World Twenty20 here on Friday and set up a final clash against Australia.
This is the third time that England have made the final. They won the title in 2009, when the ICC introduced the women’s competition.
They also entered the final in 2012, but lost to Australia.
South Africa scored 101 in 20 overs and England made 102 for in 16.5 overs to wrap up the match in less than an hour.
For England, Taylor made an unbeaten 44 and captain Charlotte Edwards scored 36.
South Africa had a disastrous start, losing their first wicket off only the third ball of the innings, and failed to recover, with a spate of run-outs adding to their misery. Only two batswomen reached double-digit scores.
An interesting aspect of the match was that as many as five South African batswomen were out after England won the toss and chose to bowl, perhaps with an eye on the weather. It didn’t rain, but floodlights were switched on as clouds covered sky over Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.
Shrubsole, who returned figures of 4-1-12-2, was adjudged Player of the Match.
South Africa - 101 (Tryon 40, du Preez 23, Shrubsole 2-12)
England - 102/1 (Taylor 44*, C. Edwards 36)
Result - England women won by nine wickets