Women’s World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight

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Women's World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight
Women's World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight

Women’s World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight

Women’s World Cup: England captain Heather Knight was disappointed when her team was defeated by South Africa in the 13th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, which took place at Bay Oval on Monday.

Tammy Beaumont’s 62-run effort and Amy Jones’ 53-run knock were in vain as Marizanne Kapp’s five-wicket haul helped South Africa overcome England by three wickets.

“Painful losing three close games in a row. We shot ourselves in the foot at times with our fielding. Batter like Wolvaardt, can’t give her so many chances. It’s not through lack of effort. Have to turn things around and keep believing. Would’ve liked 15-20 more. They bowled pretty well at the death, had clear plans to take pace off,” said Heather Knight in the post-match presentation.

Women's World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight
Women’s World Cup: We shot ourselves in foot with our fielding, says England captain Heather Knight

“Couldn’t quite get over the line and defend it. Have no other option, have to win that game and win that well (against India). Have to turn it around very quickly. We will be gutted, will be sad faces in the dugout. But we’ll have to get everyone up. It’s not through lack of effort as I said,” she added.

With a maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs, Marizanne Kapp was the star with the ball for South Africa. In the absence of Shabnim Ismail, who forced to leave the pitch after just bowling five overs, she led the bowling attack.

Mignon du Preez dismissed for 8 runs by Sophie Ecclestone, giving England the breakthrough. With four wickets in hand, South Africa needed 31 runs in the final five overs. Anya Shrubsole later dismissed Marizanne Kapp (32). South Africa won in a last-over thriller thanks to Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail, who remained unblemished in the tournament.