South Africa upset England for shock T20 World Cup win

Perth: Mignon du Preez has displayed nerves of steel to inspire South Africa to a shock six-wicket victory over England in a thrilling T20 World Cup clash at the WACA Ground.

Mignon du Preez guides South Africa to victory over England in the T20 Cricket World Cup at the WACA on Sunday night.Credit:Getty Images

She scored a four next ball to secure the win with two balls to spare.

Du Preez finished unbeaten on 18 off 11 balls, with her match-winning shot sparking wild celebrations.

Dane van Niekerk (46 off 51 balls) and Marizanne Kapp (38 off 33) played crucial roles in setting up South Africa's innings.

Gone for a six: England bowler Sophie Ecclestone.Credit:Getty Images

South Africa are ranked sixth in T20 cricket, but their win over world No.2 England has given them an excellent chance to make it past the group stage.

England's next match is against minnows Thailand in Canberra on Wednesday, with South Africa taking on Thailand two days later.

In a topsy-turvy match, England's slow start to their batting innings cost them dearly.

England were crawling along at 4-75 after 15 overs before plundering 48 runs from the last five overs.

Natalie Sciver held the innings together with 50 off 41 balls, while opener Amy Jones chipped in with 23.

Ayabonga Khaka snared 3-25, while Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Shabnim Ismail provided the highlight in the field, running at full pace to take a great catch in the deep to dismiss Heather Knight.


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