Anya Shrubsole strikes late as England beat South Africa

Anya Shrubsole
Anya Shrubsole has taken 59 wickets in 40 T20 internationals
First Twenty20 international, Paarl:
England 147-7 (20 overs): Taylor 74, Daniels 2-20
South Africa 132-6 (20 overs): Van Niekerk 52, Shrubsole 3-25
England won by 15 runs
Scorecard

Anya Shrubsole took three late wickets as England women fought back to beat South Africa by 15 runs in the first Twenty20.

The hosts looked well set at 96-0 in reply to England's 147-7, but openers Dane van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty's slow scoring put pressure on the tail.

Shrubsole removed Van Niekerk, before dismissing Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez as the hosts stumbled to 132-6.

Sarah Taylor earlier made 74 not out for England in Paarl.

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Sarah Taylor pleased with England win v South Africa

"Our bowling performance in the last 10 overs was fantastic," Taylor told BBC Sport. "We limited what South Africa could do and were really smart with what we did."

The tourists made a slow start and were stuttering at 41-3 after the cheap dismissals of captain Charlotte Edwards, Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones.

However, they were boosted by wicketkeeper Taylor's 51-ball effort, in which she struck 11 fours, with Shrubsole arriving to help take 18 from Shabnim Ismail's final over.

England women's World Twenty20 group fixtures
DateOppositionVenue
17 MarchBangladeshBangalore
22 MarchIndiaDharamshala
24 MarchWest IndiesDharamshala
27 MarchPakistanChennai

Van Niekerk and Chetty made 52 and 46 respectively, but struggled to keep pace with the run rate on a playing area with long boundaries.

Once they were dismissed within four balls of each other, South Africa's middle order found themselves with too much to do.

England play another two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa - in Cape Town on Friday and Johannesburg on Sunday - before travelling to India to prepare for the World Twenty20.

You can follow both matches live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website.

Earlier in the tour, England won the one-day series 2-1.

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