England eves have edge over South Africa in World Cup semi-final

England coach Mark Robinson says their group win will give the England team confidence

England coach Mark Robinson says their group win will give the England team confidence

Bristol has been a fortress for England during the Women's World Cup - and a win there on Tuesday will take them into the final.

England bounced back well from the opening defeat to India, including a 68-run victory over South Africa, while the Proteas have won four, lost two and had one game washed out due to rain in the World Cup.

Going into the first knock-out encounter, both teams are expected to start afresh and bring out their A game.

England can book a place in the Women's World Cup final if they beat South Africa on Tuesday as they go in search of a first major trophy in eight years.The pair meet in the first semi-final at Bristol, a ground on which they played out a record-breaking encounter earlier in this tournament.Both sides surpassed the 300 mark on that occasion, going on to make 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day global history.

"It is going to be a clean slate on Tuesday with a lot more to play for", said Beaumont, 26.

England's fortunes will also bank on the form of skipper Heather Knight and senior batswomen Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson and stumper Sarah Taylor.

Beaumont said, "I think the best part of our squad is that someone different steps up every single game".

"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semi-final - South Africa have a really good all-round team to suit all sorts of pitches, they have a lot of pace up front and then leg-spinners in the middle and some pretty destructive batters".

On the other hand, back from a 59-run loss to Australia, the South African skipper believed taht the pressure is on the hosts to proceed to the final.

They will, however, have to once again overcome new-ball duo Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail, described as the "best opening pair in the world" by South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us at all, I don't think most people thought we would be here - in that sense I'm very proud of the girls".

South Africa, who finished fourth in the league phase, are hunting a maiden Women's World Cup title, with their best performance to date when they made the semi-finals in New Zealand in 2000.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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