England reach final of Women's Cricket World Cup

Three-time world champions England defeated South Africa by 68 runs in their group game

Three-time world champions England defeated South Africa by 68 runs in their group game

England edged the Proteas by two wickets in a thrilling semi-final match that went down to the last over in Bristol on Tuesday.

The Proteas lost by two wickets with two balls to spare in Bristol on Tuesday against the tournament hosts, who are one of the favourites to win the competition.

Wolvaardt and du Preez made steady but slow progress for the third-wicket partnership, putting on 77 before England captain Heather Knight bowled Wolvaardt off her second delivery of the match. At the other end was Jenny Gunn, a veteran of 137 ODIs, and a part of the England team that won their last World Cup in 2009.

That became two from three when Marsh was clean bowled by Ismail but Shrubsole coolly stroked her first ball for four to seal a pulsating England victory.

"Our aim all along has been to get to Lord's, win the final and sing the team song".

Facing an easy total, England started to bat.

"We've known that the final is at Lord's for a long time now and, trying not to think about it too much, it's been at the forefront of our minds".

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"The previous game here was not a fond memory for the bowlers, but I came into the World Cup believing that I have the best opening attack in the world and now I believe that I have the best bowling attack in the world. Credit to the ICC and European Central Bank for managing to sell out and hopefully it'll be a great spectacle".

When asked whether he would indeed continue playing, he responded: 'I'll play for South Africa! It evoked memories of the World Cup 2015 where the South African men's heart-breaking loss against New Zealand.

These are the times, though, when a team's senior players need to step up and that's when Van Niekerk called on a bit of "Madiba Magic" to produce a brilliant direct hit to run out Player of the Match Taylor for 52.

Knight said: "We haven't put in a flawless performance in the tournament yet but we keep finding ways to win". "We came short today, but the character and fight that we've shown throughout the tournament, you can't fault them".

'I'll play [Twenty20 cricket] in South Africa for the next two years, I'll play in Australia for the next two years, I'll play in Pakistan for the next two years, ' Pietersen told talkSPORT. Don't know what else to say.

South Africa's Trisha Chetty is stumped by England's Sarah Taylor. They bowled as many as 25 extras with 17 wides.

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