West Indies celebrate wildly after South Africa knock India out of ICC Women's World Cup | Watch
West Indies women’s team's luck in the tournament was depending on the result of the India-South Africa match
South Africa defeated India by three wickets in a nail-biting clash
West Indies will now play Australia in the first semifinal on March 30
India’s defeat to South Africa by three wickets in a nerve-wrenching match of the ICC Women’s World Cup paved the way for West Indies’ qualification to the semifinal.
The West Indies players assembled in their hotel room to watch the match between India and South Africa and were eagerly waiting for the result as their future in the tournament was depending upon this match.
India’s defeat meant West Indies will now face Australia in the first semifinal at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Wednesday.
As luck would have it or them, South Africa reached the 275-run target on the last ball after some drama in the 50th over, where a no-ball was bowled.
South Africa’s win means Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami’s dream of winning the World Cup has been crushed.
The South African side got a reprieve in the final over after batter Mignon Du Preez survived a dismissal from spinner Deepti Sharma, who bowled a no-ball. The Proteas batter was called back to the crease after the on-field umpire called it a no-ball.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj scored 68 in 84 deliveries and was assisted by innings opener Smriti Mandhana, who managed to add 71 runs to India's tally.
Harmanpreet Kaur, however, missed out on a half-century on Sunday against the South African side after being bowled out Ayabonga Khaka. She secured 48 runs in 57 deliveries and maintained a strike rate of 84.21 at the end of her innings.
South African opening batter Laura Wolvaardt was the highest scoring player of the day with a strike rate of 101.27. She scored 80 runs off 79 deliveries-- including 11 boundaries-- before being dismissed by Harmanpreet Kaur.
Harmanpreet Kaur's direct hit of the stumps in the fifth over of the South African innings was another highlight of the game. Lizelle Lee went for a risky run, however, Kaur threw the ball towards the stumps with precision and dismissed Lee, who had scored only six runs.
According to a social media post from BCCI, Indian skipper Mandhana was already the youngest Indian to score a half-century in the Women's World Cup, however, her innings on Sunday also made her the oldest Indian to score a half-century in the tournament.
In the second semifinal, South Africa will play England at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on March 31.