Mithali Raj just five points behind top-ranked Meg Lanning in latest ICC rankings

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Mithali Raj.

India captain Mithali Raj has closed the gap on top-ranked Meg Lanning to just five points in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for batters.

Raj has been in superb form in the ongoing World Cup where her 356 runs in seven matches has helped India reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry has moved up three places to a career-best third in the rankings for batters.

When it comes to the bowling, Australia’s Jess Jonassen has moved up three places to the second position while South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk has moved up 14 places to fifth.

Van Niekerk has had a brilliant World Cup, taking 15 wickets in six matches at an average of 8.33 which included a surreal spell against West Indies when she took four wickets without conceding a single run.

Marizanne Kapp and Perry continue to be the top-ranked bowler and all-rounder respectively.

BATTERS

1. Meg Lanning (Australia) – 779
2. Mithali Raj (India)  – 774
3. Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 749
4. Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand) – 720
5. Suzie Bates (New Zealand) – 703

BOWLERS

1. Marizanne Kapp (South Africa) – 662
2. Jess Jonassen (Australia) – 658
3. Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) – 625
4. Katherine Brunt (England) – 613
5. Dane van Niekerk (South Africa) – 586

ALL-ROUNDERS

1. Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 416
2. Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) – 376
3. Marizanne Kapp (South Africa) – 288
4. Dane van Niekerk (South Africa) – 286
5. Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand) – 266

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Australia, England and Sri Lanka post victories as ICC Women's World Cup 2017 semi-finalists decided

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It was an action packed day at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England with the last of the round robin matches played out amidst a scramble for the remaining semi-final berths.

Hosts England took on West Indies in their last round robin encounter in Bristol. The England eves had already ensured a semi-final spot while the West Indies were out of contention for one before the game even started. Windies skipper Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to field first.

English skipper Heather Knight led from the front with a well made 67 and with the help of valuable contributions from the tail, England finished on a challenging 220 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs.

English skipper Heather Knight led by example.

English skipper Heather Knight led by example.

Chasing 221 to win, the West Indies ladies never got going. A sedate opening stand of 37 between Kycia Knight and Hayley Matthew would end up being West Indies’ biggest partnership of the match with only 3 other players crossing the double digit mark. English medium pacer Natalie Sciver’s three wickets were crucial as the West Indies were stranded for 128 for the loss of 9 wickets handing England a 92 run victory.

The English bowlers were always on top of the West Indies batting.

The English bowlers were always on top of the West Indies batting.

Elsewhere, the high flying Aussie women took on South Africa in their last encounter. The Australians were assured of a semi-final berth going into the game while South Africa Eves had to win to ensure a semi-final spot. Stand in skipper Rachel Haynes won the toss and elected to bat.

Half centuries from openers Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney provided Australia with a massive platform to build on and a quick fire 55 runs from star Ellyse Perry guided the Aussie Eves to a commanding 269 runs before they were bowled out in the 49th over.

Australia's Ellyse Perry shone through with a quick 55.

Australia’s Ellyse Perry shone through with a quick 55.

Opener Laura Wolvaardt led the led the reply from the South Africans with a score of 71 but the disciplined bowling and fielding from the Aussies insured that the latter was always in control of the game. South Africa ladies folded for 210 runs in the final delivery of the 50th over handing Australia a 59 run victory but it was still enough for the Proteas to claim the final semi-final spot.

Meanwhile in Leicester, it was a battle of the subcontinent teams with Pakistan eves taking on Sri Lanka. Both the teams had faced a torrid time in the tournament and were looking for their first victory. Sri Lankan Women came out to bat first after winning the toss and thanks to a stylish 84 from wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara finished on an impressive 221 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their quota of 50 overs.

A spirited bowling effort from Sri Lanka scripted their first victory of the tournament.

A spirited bowling effort from Sri Lanka scripted their first victory of the tournament.

In reply, the Pakistani eves ran Sri Lanka close but fell short by a mere 15 runs after being bowled out in the 47th over handing Sri Lanka their first victory of the World Cup.

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Talking points from a manic day two of England vs South Africa second Test

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Chris Morris chipped in with three crucial wickets.

England surrendered a yawning advantage to South Africa on a manic second day at Trent Bridge.

The hosts, hoping to consolidate here after their wide-margin win at Lord’s, will have to do so the very hard way after being bowled out for 205 to concede a first-innings deficit of 130 in this second Test.

South Africa then extended their lead to 205 with a stumps total of 75 for one, as a curiously serene late passage of play broke the mould and yielded a solitary wicket in a daily tally of 15.

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CRAZY CRICKET

After 19 wickets on the fourth day at Lord’s, another 15 fell here on just the second. Overhead conditions played their part, as they often do in Nottingham, and an untypical spinners’ pitch was a key factor at HQ.

Even so, after England were bowled out in little more than 50 overs, it seems few modern-day cricketers retain the capacity to dig in and bat time.

English skipper Joe Root was left scratching his head at how the day unfolded.

English skipper Joe Root was left scratching his head at how the day unfolded.

SOUTH AFRICA CAN BOWL

Everyone expected the tourists to miss the banned Kagiso Rabada badly here. They got stuck into England in his absence, though, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel doing the early damage and Keshav Maharaj and Chris Morris completing the job quickly.

With Rabada due back at The Oval, there is an argument that South Africa may even have the better of two quality attacks.

Chris Morris chipped in with three crucial wickets.

Chris Morris chipped in with three crucial wickets.

STAT OF THE DAY

700 – James Anderson’s dismissal of Keshav Maharaj took his and Stuart Broad’s Test aggregate tally in partnership to an impressive round figure.

Only Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh have more together as a pace pairing. For good measure, by the time he was done in South Africa’s first innings, Anderson had taken his all-time record Trent Bridge haul to 58 in nine Tests.

James Anderson cleaned up the South African tail in the first session of Day two.

James Anderson cleaned up the South African tail in the first session of Day two.

WHAT NEXT?

More wickets, few boundaries in between, and an early conclusion – with South Africa by far the likeliest winners.

South African spinner Keshan Maharaj showed there is turn to be extracted from the pitch.

South African spinner Keshan Maharaj showed there is turn to be extracted from the pitch.

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