Cricket World Cup: Australia beat South Africa for sixth straight win

South Africa 271-5 (50 overs): Wolvaardt 90, Luus 52
Australia 272-5 (45.2 overs): Lanning 135*
Australia won by five wickets
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Meg Lanning scored a stunning unbeaten 135 as Australia beat South Africa by five wickets to claim six straight Women’s World Cup victories.

The 15th Century Captain’s Day International helped Australia chase 272 with 28 balls to spare.

Laura Wolvaardt’s 90 and 52 from captain Sune Luus had led South Africa to 271-5 in Wellington.

South Africa remain second in the standings behind Australia despite their first defeat of the tournament.

South Africa face the West Indies on Wednesday knowing that a victory will secure them a place in the semi-finals.

Australia, who have already qualified, can wipe out the group stage with a win against Bangladesh on Thursday.

Invited to bat first, South Africa started strong with fly-half Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee putting up 88.

Alana King trapped Lee lbw for 36 but, after Lara Goodall left cheaply, Wolvaardt and Luus went for 91 before falling in successive overs.

Marizanne Kapp, with a 30 unbeaten run, and Chloe Tryon, who made 17 unbeaten, pushed the innings into the closing stages.

Australia lost Alyssa Healy early in their response, caught by Shabnim Ismail, who finished 2-33.

A superb catch from Mignon du Preez in the middle of the deep wicket saw Rachael Haynes leave Australia 45-2 and give South Africa hope of upsetting the tournament favourites.

There was no panic from Lanning, however, and 60 and 93 partnerships with Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath respectively put the six-time champions firmly in the ascendancy.

Lanning reached his century from 92 balls and put the result beyond doubt long before Annabel Sutherland hit the winning inning.

India win to boost semi-final hopes

India face South Africa in their final group game on Sunday

India pulled off a comprehensive 110-point victory over Bangladesh in Hamilton to boost their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

After a 74 opener between Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, India lost three wickets on five before a patient 50 from Yastika Bhatia helped them recover to post 229-7 at Seddon Park.

Bangladesh were unable to generate any kind of momentum in their response and fell to 35-5 as Indian spinners took over.

They were eventually knocked out for 119, with Jhulan Goswami taking the last wicket and career-best Sneh Rana 4-30.

The win lifted India to third in the table, above the West Indies in net pace and two points ahead of fifth-placed England, despite having played one game more than Heather Knight’s side .

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