Australia, South Africa, England & the West Indies have all made it to the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World Cup. Bet Central & Ongama Gcwabe bring you the Best Bets, Predictions & Key Players.
The Women’s World Cup has been a spectacle of note. It has delivered a message right across the world that women’s cricket is here to stay.
Having passed the round-robin stage of the competition, four teams remain in New Zealand for the semis that will take place this week. Let’s unpack the two semifinals.
Australia Women v West Indies Women
Australia dominated the round-robin stage and come into this fixture as favourites to win the match and perhaps the World Cup. They are currently unbeaten in seven matches, which means they have beaten every team at this year’s World Cup.
West Indies Women, on the other hand, have the characters in their team to make a huge upset by beating Australia in the first semifinal. The experience, talent and potential within this side suggest that they can produce a special performance against Australia.
The two sides play an exciting brand of cricket and have batting lineups that are capable of 300 plus totals.
Head-to-Head record in World Cups
Australia Key Players
Windies Key Players
West Indies Women to win. The knockout stages of a World Cup are a different level of pressure and to an extent cannot be compared with the group fixtures at the beginning of the tournament. West Indies played exciting cricket and were disappointing in some matches. But because of their unpredictability, they might get one over the Australian Women’s team.
South Africa Women v England Women
The second semifinal will be between Proteas Women and England Women. This semifinal fixture is a repeat of the 2017 World Cup semifinal in which England chased down 219 runs with two balls to spare.
Proteas Women have retained the majority of the players that played in that semifinal and should be determined to get over the line this time around. England Women have also retained the core group that was successful in 2017 and should be confident given that they have won against this same side.
This Proteas Women’s team has fought hard to get into the semis. They have produced multiple nail-bitters in the tournament and have proven to be a unit that is incredibly difficult to beat. It will take a special performance from England Women to beat South Africa Women in this match regardless of the past results.
Head-to-Head record in WODIs
Head-to-Head record at World Cups
South Africa Key Players
England Key Players
South Africa to win. Proteas Women have come a long way in the past four to five years. They definitely look like the hardest team to beat in this World Cup because of the fight and belief within the team.