The South African women’s cricket team made history on Sunday, beating England by six runs in the World Cup semifinal in Melbourne, Australia to reach the final.
The Proteas, as the South African team is known, were in control of the game from the start, posting a total of 143/5 after batting first. They were led by Marizanne Kapp’s impressive knock of 47 off 38 balls, while Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez both scored 30.
England’s reply got off to a shaky start, with openers Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones both out for low scores. Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver then combined for a steady partnership of 51, but Sciver’s dismissal for 28 saw the English side slip to 81/4.
England’s hopes of a comeback were further hampered by the loss of their captain, Heather Knight, for 33, leaving them needing 47 off the last four overs.
The English side managed to keep the game alive until the final over, but it wasn’t enough as South Africa held on for a six-run victory.
The win was a historic moment for the South African women’s cricket team, as it was the first time they have reached the final of a World Cup. They will now face India in the final on Sunday, March 8th.
This semifinal was a thrilling game of cricket, showcasing the talent and skill of both sides. South Africa will now be looking to make the most of their opportunity in the final, while England will be hoping to bounce back and take the trophy home.