Women's T20 World Cup: South Africa beats Pakistan to enter semis


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With this victory South Africa booked its spot in the semi-finals of the tournament

South Africa's Women's Cricket team in Women's T20 World Cup (ANI photo)

South Africa women defeated Pakistan by 17 runs in the ongoing ICC Women's T20 WorldCup in Sydney on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 137 runs, Pakistan witnessed a good start to their innings as both openers Javeria Khan and Muneeba Ali, struck regular boundaries.

Shabnim Ismail provided South Africa with their first breakthrough as she dismissed Ali (12) in the fourth over. In the next over, Umaima Sohail was run out on a duck.

As the team started to get some momentum, Pakistan lost another wicket through run out.

Iram Javed came out to bat and played brilliantly along with Riaz. Riaz played an unbeaten knock of 39 runs while Javed scored 17 runs but despite their efforts, Pakistan suffered a defeat.

Earlier after opting to bat first, South Africa did not get off to a good start as Diana Baig dismissed Lizelle Lee in the very first over of the innings.

Laura Wolvaardt helped the struggling South Africa team as she played a very destructive inning. She smashed eight boundaries and played an unbeaten knock of 53 runs off just 36 balls.

With the help of Wolvaardt's scintillating innings, South Africa managed to put a respectable total of 136 runs on the board.