Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022: India lost to South Africa by three wickets and did not reach the semi-finals.

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by Anish Kocherla

(Source: ANI News)

India defended 275 for a spot in the semi-finals and found themselves in a battle with South Africa, who chased away the total in a hard-fought match.

A brilliant fifty of Smriti Mandhana and captain Mitali Raj came to naught as South Africa defeated India by three wickets in the ongoing 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup here at Hagley Oval on Sunday. With this victory, South Africa ended India’s campaign at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 and set up their semi-final clash against undefeated Australia. India defended 275 to stay in the competition to semi-finals, but were in a tough battle against South Africa who chased the total down.

After early wicket of Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall continued the chase with an unbeaten 100-run partnership for the second wicket. Just before the end of the first innings, South Africa were 133/1 and 142 runs away from a win. Harmanpreet Kaur bowls a direct hit, breaking the opening partnership in the fifth over. After that, however, South Africa dominated Indian bowling with Wolvaardt and Goodall in the lead.

Wolvaardt scored 34 of 32 in powerplay to continue her chase for South Africa. The two batters raised their partnership from 100 runs in 21st as South Africa looked to catch up with the total. In the final over South Africa, it took seven runs to defeat India. The final and most exciting win over Proteas beat India by three wickets, with Mignon du Preez coming back undefeated.

Earlier in the day, the fifties of Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma and Mithali Raj took India to 274/7 in their 50 overs after deciding to bat first. However, South Africa fought back brilliantly in the death overs, using the short ball and slower balls to stop Indian batsmen.

Openers Shafali Verma 53 and Smriti Mandhana, the pair found the boundary with ease to help India reach their 50 without a loss. The Proteas successfully defended their total with the dismissals of Richa Ghosh and Kaur in the final two overs.