South Africa senior women’s team, Proteas Women beat England in a thrilling semifinal to reach their first-ever ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final. The Women’s Proteas won by six runs at Newlands in Cape Town.

Tazmin Brits 68 set South Africa up for a commanding total of 164 for four. She combined for a 96-run opening stand with Laura Wolvaardt. 

England looked to respond in the same vein, racing to 50 runs before wickets regularly halted their progress. Brits took four catches in the performance of a lifetime.

Nat Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight tried to steer England home, but they could not deny South Africa a place in the showpiece on home soil.

SA TO MEET AUSTRALIA IN T20 WORLD CUP FINAL

With 13 needed off the last over, Ismail equalled Anya Shrubsole for most wickets in a T20 World Cup with the wicket of Knight, but the real prize came three balls later as South Africa sealed their place in the final on Sunday where they will meet holders Australia.

Brits and Wolvaardt showed none of the nerves on display against Bangladesh just three days ago as they set the tone for a run-fest at Cape Town.

Proteas Women reach T20 World Cup final
Proteas Women reach T20 World Cup final

“I still can’t believe it to be honest with you. It still feels like I am going to wake up in a sense. But I am probably warned by the experience that we actually made it to the final,” Brits told reporters. 

ON HER BATTING PERFORMANCES 

“I have actually felt quite positive. With the try series I actually scored the 50 with the West Indies and I actually had a good knock against Australia. I just needed a bit more support so in my head I was confident. Pakistan is a different story. I don’t know what happened there. 

PROTEAS WOMEN AND ENGLAND SCORES 

South Africa 164/4 in 20 overs (Tazmin Brits 68, Laura Wolvaardt 53; Sophie Ecclestone 3/22)

England 158/8 in 20 overs (Nat Sciver-Brunt 40, Danni Wyatt 34; Ayabonga Khaka 4/29, Shabnim Ismail 3/27)

Player of the Match: Tazmin Brits (South Africa)

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