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Women's T20 World Cup: England v South Africa preview: Depth of tourists can see them through to final

England powered through Group One at the Women's T20 World Cup, winning all four of their matches, and their reward is a semi-final encounter with tournament hosts South Africa.

The Proteas will be looking to make the most of home advantage in Cape Town but England are 1/4 favourites to progress to the Women's T20 World Cup final for the fifth time.

WhatEngland Women v South Africa Women
WhereNewlands, Cape Town
When13:00, Friday 24th February 2023
How to watchbet365’s Sports Live Streaming / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Cricket 
OddsEngland Women 1/4, South Africa Women 3/1

Strength in depth has been the key for England after fairly comfortable wins against the West Indies, Ireland and India. 

England headed into their final group contest with Pakistan looking to secure top spot in their section and they did so in style. 

England ran out 114-run winners at the Newlands Cricket Ground last time out, having set the tone by posting the highest total in Women's T20 World Cup history, finishing on 213-5. 

Remarkably, England managed to reach that score despite top-order talents Sophia Dunkley (two), Alice Capsey (six) and captain Heather Knight (four) all failing to reach double figures. 

Sophie Ecclestone has been the standout player for England with the ball, taking eight wickets but Charlie Dean, Katherine Sciver-Brunt and Sarah Glenn have also taken 15 wickets between them in this T20 World Cup. 

As for South Africa, veteran all-rounder Marizanne Kapp is always a danger but beyond the 33-year-old, they are lacking with the ball and, with England's all-round ability considered, it is easy to see why they are 1/4 to win this match.  

In doing so, they will go one better than their Women's T20 World Cup campaign in 2020 in which they crashed out in the last four.

Nat Sciver-Brunt has been a revelation in South Africa 

England's depth is seriously impressive but one does not have to think too hard about who has been the team's standout individual in South Africa. 

Nat Sciver-Brunt has hit a rich vein of form in this tournament, picking up the player of the match award in three of England's four matches. 

She has scored 176 runs, can boast an average of 88.00 in the tournament and is a 13/2 shot to pick up the player of the match award again in this contest, while a bet on her to be England's top batter at 3/1 also appeals.  

Sciver-Brunt was also influential in England's warm-up win over South Africa earlier this month, striking 51 and that knock featured four fours and four sixes. 

Indeed, Sciver-Brunt has been pretty prolific at finding the boundary in this World Cup, taking her total number of fours in the tournament to 23 against Pakistan. 

She could also represent value at 3/1 to score the most fours of any player in this match.

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Wolvaardt can take confidence from Bangladesh performance 

Kapp is the standout player with the ball for South Africa but it is Laura Wolvaardt who often does the business with the bat. 

Wolvaardt is her side's top runscorer in the tournament so far, contributing 116 at an average of 38.66, and she has played a key role in getting the hosts to the semi-finals. 

It was last time out against Bangladesh that Wolvaardt really came to the fore, firing an unbeaten 66 to steer South Africa to a crucial 10-wicket win which saw them secure a path into the knockouts. 

Wolvaardt made only 17 when South Africa took on England in their pre-tournament friendly but she has recently spoken about the mental resilience required to get her team to this stage and should be full of confidence after that performance against Bangladesh in front of a buoyant home crowd. 

At 11/4, she looks a decent selection to be South Africa's top batter in this semi-final contest.  

If Wolvaardt manages to put on enough of a show to help South Africa achieve the unthinkable and win the match, she could also be worth consideration at 11/1 to be named player of the match.

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