Fifth over: Australia 17-1 (Meg Lanning 2, Rachael Haynes 9) I’m blaming it on the dog, who may or may not have had some fun with some wiring. Also, hello. Thank you Mike. And I’m back just in time to see Ismail bowl a maiden to Haynes. She starts with a yorker and follows it with a bouncer that forces the batter to duck, before defending her way through the rest of the over. Ismail is killing it.
Fourth over: Australia 17-1 (Meg Lanning 2, Rachael Haynes 9) Just two off this next over from Kapp, a single each for Lanning and Haynes. And here’s Emma, fresh from the off-and-on trick with her modem, to take you through the rest of this match.
We’re just waiting for Emma to fix some technical issues at her end, but she’ll be here shortly. The umpires are on their way out again and we should be good to go shortly. Meanwhile, in case you hadn’t realised, Laura Wolvaardt is on fire:
South Africa 271-5
Well that was a sensational finish that was driven by Marizanne Kapp and ably assisted by Chloe Tryon. Some really impressive running got every little run possible out of the pitch and put themselves in the best possible position to defend this total. Australia are excellent in the chase however and they were able to chase down a bigger score against India on the weekend. What does work in SA’s favour is their bowling attack – statistically the best in the tournament. While Australia do have statistically the best batting, SA will take a lot of confidence from the way India were able to recover late and take Australia into the final over. If they can do that, their strong death bowlers will have a good shot at restricting the Australians.
On Australia’s side is the depth of their batting line up. By adding Sutherland in place of Brown they’ve given themselves even more depth than they had against India. You have to get down to Schutt at 11 before you find a genuine non-batter in this line up. Any kind of partnership early and the Australians put themselves in a strong position to take the win.
It’s sure to be an enthralling second innings, so take a quick break and refuel before we see what Haynes and Healy can offer up at the start of this chase. I’m going to leave you in the very capable hands of Emma Kemp to take you to the end of this match. Thanks for joining me, I’ll be glued to the coverage for the upcoming innings!