#WT20 – England Face De-Facto Must-Win Day In Group A

Group A Played Won Lost N/R Points NRR
1. West Indies 2 2 0 0 4 2.275
2. England 2 1 0 1 3 2.799
3. Sri Lanka 3 1 1 1 3 0.381
4. South Africa 2 1 1 0 2 -0.527
5. Bangladesh 3 0 3 0 0 -2.162

It’s a big day in Group A in St Lucia, as England face South Africa and West Indies play Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh having a rest. All 4 teams playing today could still qualify for the semi-finals in Antigua.

South Africa and Sri Lanka are both in the last chance saloon – they will be eliminated if they lose; but if they win, they could still go on to Antigua.

The West Indies will qualify if they beat Sri Lanka – joining India and Australia in the semis.

England will qualify if they beat South Africa and West Indies beat Sri Lanka.

England will not mathematically go out if they lose; but…

If England lose and West Indies win, then England are actually in a lot of trouble – they would then need Bangladesh to beat South Africa on Sunday, which given South Africa’s bowling and Bangladesh’s batting looks unlikely! So in fact, this is de-faco a must-win day for England too!

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9 thoughts on “#WT20 – England Face De-Facto Must-Win Day In Group A

  1. Lovely stuff, ta.

    I’m sorry Raf got flak BTL on the Graun. I’m even more sorry if I unwittingly contributed to it. I thought your match report was excellent, but disagreed a touch about how nervy England’s performance (with the bat).

    If only the first match hadn’t been rained off, eh?

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    • I agreed with Raf about England’s edgy performance, particularly in the early part of our innings. I thought we looked a little bit spooked (stir crazy perhaps?) by all manner of things in the lead up to the game – injuries, weather, and so on.

      Let’s look at that little debate as a positive thing though. People are willing to leap to the defence of this team when they come in for a little (very mild) criticism. It’s another small sign that the women’s game is being taken more and more seriously.

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  2. Enjoying the tournament so far but it’s ridiculous that England could be eliminated tonight if they lose, as it would be a first defeat, but that’s the dreadful hand they’ve been dealt by being the only team to have a point taken off them by the bad weather.

    The result against SA is more important than the performance. It’s easy to over-analyse T20 and you can’t apply the same rules of how to construct an an innings as you do in 50 overs. You can afford to lose a wicket almost every 2 overs, after all. If England manage to get over the line, then after the Aus-Ind game tomorrow, we’ll know how important it will be for England to beat WI as well!

    SA must surely want to bat first, but I think England will as well, depending on conditions. We might just need to see off Ismail and make sure she doesn’t get another 3 wickets! And I’m not sure how many more times WI can rescue their vulnerable batting with heroic bowling figures of 4-fer or 5-fer, those don’t tend to happen too often.

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  3. Let us hope England batters shot selection is better than it was in the first active match. Maybe a bit nervy and suspicious of the wet pitch and outfield.
    This “must win” situation is commonly thrown up when stronger teams lose points in cancelled games to allegedly weaker opponents.
    England must try to bat with confidence, pick up singles if the big hit is not there.
    For New Zealand, Bates and Devine showed how to pick up runs early with soft hands, quick singles, picking up boundaries where possible.
    Fingers crossed for the ladies tonight!

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  4. The stupidity of not have some sort of reversed slots for matches that would otherwise be cancelled due to weather would have really been well illustrated if England / Bangladesh was also lost to the weather. That would have meant England had effectively lost one of those matches and would have potentially reduced their g.roup to a farce – not really acceptable in a World Cup

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  5. Suspect it will be a low scorer along with the rest of the games in St Lucia. The keys tonight are fairly obvious, get Lee before she does too much damage and negate Kapp and Ismail.

    We haven’t really had any close games so far in the tournament but I fancy todays might be the first,

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    • Well I was wrong! Fantastic bowling from England especially Nat Sciver. She needed to step up in the absence of Katherine Brunt and so far she has. Well done to Anya Shrubsole on the hat trick too.

      Good job by the batters as well. I thought Dani Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont did a really good job of taking any remote chance of South Africa winning by playing Kapp and Ismail so sensibily. A word for Amy Jones whose been excellent with the gloves and the bat so far.

      South Africa have been a huge disappointment. We know they’re inconsistent but given they prepared by playing in the West Indies and doing quite well, their batting has been awful. It just goes to show you can’t rely on one player to bail you out all the time.

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