Cricket in Cape Town: Who's up in the women's Cricket World Cup?

England have topped their group but can they push for the championship?

Varsha Jayaprasad
25th February 2023
Image: Twitter @englandcricket
The 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup kicked off in Cape Town with the South African team having their first match with Sri Lanka. There are a total of 10 teams playing in the tournament.

The teams playing this year are South Africa, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, and Ireland. The last tournament was held in Australia in 2020 with the reigning champions of the tournament. The teams have been separated into two groups and currently, 15 matches of the group series have finished.

England and Australia are leading within each of the two groups, with India and Sri Lanka following them respectively. The previous winner, Australia take the lead with the most wins with four wins and zero losses. This guarantees the Australian Women’s team to the semi-final. England won against India by 11 runs. On February 18, England secured their third win during this tournament and a spot in the semi-finals. Nat Sciver-Brunt served a half-century during the match which helped the team gain significant grounding during the tournament,

Alyssa Healy from Australia takes the lead with 146 runs, counting at the highest number of runs secured during the tournament. Along with Megan Schutt from Australia who’s scored the most wickets during the entire tournament. Muneeba Ali from Pakistan has gotten one of the highest scores in the tournament. Ali has also scored the only century during this tournament. Some other noteworthy players during this tournament are Richa Ghosh from India, Sophie Ecclestone from England, and Harshitha Samarawickrama from Sri Lanka.

Five more matches remain until the semi-finals which start on February 23.  The finals will be held on February 26 in South Africa.

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AUTHOR: Varsha Jayaprasad
Hi! I'm Varsha. I am an M.A. Media and Journalism Student at Newcastle University. I enjoy writing for the courier and I wish to be a full-fledged journalist in the future

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