The South African women’s cricket team have made history by becoming the first African nation to reach the Women’s T20 World Cup final.
In a thrilling semifinal match against England, South Africa won by six runs to book their place in the final.
The match was a tense affair, with both teams fighting hard for the win. South Africa batted first and posted a total of 142/5 in their 20 overs. Lizelle Lee top scored with a brilliant knock of 73 off just 54 balls.
England’s chase got off to a good start, with Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt putting on a solid opening partnership of 56. However, the South African bowlers kept the pressure on and managed to restrict England to 136/7 in their 20 overs.
The South African bowlers were led by Shabnim Ismail, who took 3/20 in her four overs. Marizanne Kapp also chipped in with two wickets.
The South African team was ecstatic after the win, with captain Dane van Niekerk saying, “It’s an amazing feeling. We’ve worked so hard for this and it’s a dream come true. We’re so proud to be the first African team to reach the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup.”
The South African team will now face India in the final on Sunday. It promises to be an exciting match, with both teams looking to make history.
No matter the result, South Africa have already made history by becoming the first African nation to reach the Women’s T20 World Cup final.