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South Africa hold off Pakistan at ICC Women's World Cup


All eight countries in the tournament are contesting one group to begin the event, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals.

The eleventh edition of the Women's World Cup in England is the pinnacle in the history of the game as the final of the tournament will be staged at the Mecca of Cricket, Lords.

Sune Luus and Shabnim Ismail scored an unbeaten 30 run stand for the eighth wicket as South Africa managed to chase down 207 runs against Pakistan with three wickets in hand in the third game of the ICC Women's World Cup in Leicester. We know Pakistan is a really fearless team, we know they will bring their A game.

Only reigning world champions Australia had previously made a success of chasing a bigger target in a women's one-day worldwide.

Pakistan will play round-robin stage matches against South Africa, England, India, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka through out the tournament. The Women's World Cup also has Stafanie Taylor lead West Indies women's team and is known for making the record of being the only women's player to reach ODI and T20I world No.1.

Victorious in 2000, New Zealand finished second the last time they played in the competition in England, while the experienced side also has an ace up its sleeve in 16-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr.

It has been a long road since Derbyshire announced in March 2015 that they meant to bid to be a host city for the tournament but all the hard work felt worth the effort on Saturday.

At the last Women's World Cup, Australia edged England out by just two runs, inflicting one of two defining losses which meant England narrowly missed out on the final. Pakistan will lock horns with arch-rivals India on July 2.

They were well on their way to victory, however, when World Cup debutant Laura Wolvaardt (52) and Lizelle Lee (60) shared an opening stand of 113.

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