Cuttack, Feb 10: Bowlers Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Wyatt powered England to an easy seven-wicket victory over South Africa in their second super six game of the ICC Women's World Cup, at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Sunday.
Shrubsole claimed 5/17 and Wyatt took 3/7 as England bowled South Africa out for 77 in the 30th over. It was career best bowling figures for both Shrubsole and Wyatt.
Shrubsole set the tone early as she ripped through the South African top order to reduce them to 42/4 after eight overs. The Somerset seamer continued her spell to claim a fifth scalp.
After an economical five overs from Holly Colvin (1/6), Wyatt cleaned up the tail taking three wickets from her nine balls as South Africa were bowled out for 77.
England took just 57 balls to knock off the runs. Unfazed at losing three early wickets, which included a quick-fire 14 from Wyatt, Lydia Greenway (25 not out) and Arran Brindle (28 not out) knocked off 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."