South African Women's Cricket Team Pulls Off Thrilling Victory Against India
South African Women's Cricket Team Pulls Off Thrilling Victory Against India. Photo: Twitter / Cricket SA

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – South Africa pulled off a thrilling victory over India on Sunday (27 March) in the quarter-finals on the country’s march to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals in New Zealand!!

Laura Wolvaardt (80) and Lara Goodall (49) led South Africa’s chase but it was Mignon du Preez’s unbeaten 52 that secured their three-wicket victory on the last ball of the game in Christchurch.

Du Preez was caught at long-on in the final over but was recalled after replays confirmed spinner Deepti Sharma had overstepped.

Cricket SA noted the team’s “Nerves of steel ?? ?”.

India captain Mithali Raj admitted afterwards: “The (India) girls have given it all knowing the importance of today’s game.” But India’s all was not enough to take on the South Africans. India – who were the 2017 runners-up – have now crashed out of the World Cup.

Former SA men’s cricket legend Jonty Rhodes tweeted: “Very tough on #TeamIndia to get knocked out of the #CWC22 off the last ball of the game, but what an incredible finish (again) by @OfficialCSA. Incredible team performance. Glad @LauraWolvaardt is saving that 100 she owes me for the semis #BePartOfTheForce #AlwaysRising”

Australia, with its perfect 7-0 record, had already secured their spot in the last four; as had South Africa. They are now joined by England who won their last group match (against Bangladesh); and the West Indies which benefitted from SA’s victory over India, to also go through to the semi-finals.

Only Australia has beaten South Africa who have put on a fine performance in New Zealand.

Proteas Captain Sune Luus said last week: “Everybody’s extremely excited and happy to be in the semis. We are pretty pumped to be getting into that Final. It has been a dream for us for so long, but we still need to get through the semi-finals.”

Before setting off for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand, Luus said her side was feeling confident.

South Africa, who are ranked second in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, came into the tournament in notable form following five straight series victories since the start of 2020, including a thrilling 2-1 win over the West Indies in Johannesburg last month.

Cricket South Africa tweeted Monday afternoon: “The #MomentumProteas are one match away from reaching their first-ever World Cup final ?? ?. But first, in a repeat of the 2017 semi-final, South Africa take on England ?…”

Sources: Reuters and

Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 Semi-Final Dates:

Wednesday, 30 March: Semi-final 1 – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Thursday, 31 March: Semi-final 2 – Hagley Oval, Christchurch – South Africa vs England