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South Africa defeat Pakistan in a thrilling encounter

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The ICC Women's World Cup defending champions, Australia already has won the cup six-time, but face tough competition from other teams that are in full form and the roll out of these matches will surely be extremely entertaining. The women's cricket world cup will have 31 matches played between eight qualified teams and the complete schedule with all the match fixtures were released by the ICC.

Organisers will hope that any rustiness has been chipped away come the start of the tournament proper and that there is a repeat of the excitement generated during last year's women's World T20 in India.

The 11th ICC Women's World Cup will begin in England today (Saturday) as two matches have been scheduled for the opening day of the tournament. We know Pakistan is a really fearless team, we know they will bring their A game.

"We've got pressure on ourselves to perform well, we hold ourselves to very high standards and we want to uphold them".

But targets of around 200 now rarely present problems for leading women's sides, although this one did leave South Africa with a national record World Cup chase.

West Indies also come into the tournament with plenty of confidence having lifted the ICC Women's World Twenty20 just a year ago, as part of a hat-trick that included the ICC World Twenty20 won by the men's team and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup taken home by their colts.

"They are more than capable of winning this tournament". Pakistan will lock horns with arch-rivals India on July 2.

The qualified teams playing in the tournament are Australia, England.

Consistency is the name of the game for South Africa if they are to achieve their goal of claiming a maiden World Cup title according to captain Dane van Niekerk.

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