One round of matches into the Women’s T20 World Cup and already Group B has thrown up more surprises than Sarah Taylor can swing 31 inches of willow at, with rank outsides South Africa pulling off a comfortable 6 wicket victory over hosts Sri Lanka and two-time finalists New Zealand overhauled by a dominant West Indian batting performance that will surely secure a semi-final berth for the Windies.
While Group A has gone largely as anticipated with both England and Australia delivering comfortable victories in their opening matches, Group B threatens to throw up a real shock with runaway Group favourites, the White Ferns, suddenly needing to win both remaining first round matches to guarantee their progress within the tournament. Truth be told, the West Indies were always likely to represent the strongest challenge to the Kiwi side, but the attacking intent demonstrated by Stafanie Taylor and Diandra Dottin powered a remarkable turnaround from a position of 5/2 after fewer than 2 overs.
With the South Africans overhauling the host nation in confident style in the tournament’s opening match, helped largely by a batting performance that saw only two Sri Lankans break double figures, Group B suddenly looks wide open.
In Group A, England will be encouraged by a storming opening partnership from Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh, though the way in which the scoring rate dried up after Marsh’s dismissal in the 13th over will be of some concern if it can’t be rectified quickly. Australia meanwhile, with bat in hand, made short work of an Indian side who never really got going, seeing off the target of 104 with almost three overs to spare.
Sri Lanka 79 – South Africa 80/4 South Africa win by 6 wickets (16 balls remaining)
New Zealand 117/9 – West Indies 118/3 West Indies win by 7 wickets (12 balls remaining)
England 133/6 – Pakistan 90 England win by 43 runs
India 104/8 – Australia 105/2 Australia win by 8 wickets (16 balls remaining)