Arran Brindle hit a rapid 28 with the bat as England beat South Africa to rekindle their hopes of defending the ICC Women’s World Cup on Sunday.
The emphatic seven-wicket win in Cuttack gave England their first victory of the super six stage after they were beaten by an agonising two runs to Australia in their first.
But on Sunday Anya Shrubsole claimed a five wicket haul and Danielle Wyatt took 3-7 as England bowled South Africa out for just 77 in the 30th over.
Brindle didn’t get a chance with the ball and had a quiet game in the field but came to the fore with the bat later on.
England took just 57 balls to knock off the 78 runs required. Unfazed at losing three early wickets, which included a quick-fire 14 from Wyatt, Lydia Greenway (25 not out) and Brindle (28 not out) hit the runs for England as the game was wrapped up in the tenth over. England finished on 81-3.
After the game Anya Shrubsole said: “Personally it’s been a really good day for me but most importantly it’s been a great day for the team.
“We needed to come out here and do a job, win first and foremost, but win convincingly and we did that. I’m really pleased to be able to contribute to today’s victory.
“I’ve been looking to bowl straight and swing it slightly and just give myself the best chance of taking wickets, if you bowl the right areas on any wicket over here you are going to get success.
“The batters performed well today, especially Lydia and Arran. We stuck to our plans and got the job done within 10 overs.
“It was a perfect day for the team we did exactly what we wanted to do.
“We wanted to come out here, bowl first, get South Africa out for a minimal score and then knock the runs off as fast as possible and we managed to do that.
“We’ve given ourselves the best possible chance going into the game against New Zealand on Wednesday.”
England will face New Zealand in a day/night match in Mumbai at Wednesday, starting 9am British time, as they bid to reach the final and defend their crown on Sunday.