Twitterati hail South Africa as ‘incredible’ after historic win over England

The South African players celebrate the sacking of England’s Alice Capsey during the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2023 in Cape Town. AP

Cape Town: Tazmin Brits and Ayabonga Khaka gave South Africa a shock six-round win over England in the semifinals of the Women’s T20 World Cup at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.

The British hit 68 in a South African total of 164 for four, then held four catches, two of them exceptional as England were limited to 158 for eight.

South Africa meets the defending champions and the big favorites Australia in the final at the same place on Sunday.

Medium-paced bowler Khaka took three wickets in the 18th to put the goal just outside England’s reach.

“Khaka is a phenomenal bowler, one of the best in the world. She showed her class today,” said South African skipper Sune Luus.

England captain Heather Knight admitted it was a “brilliant match of cricket”.

“We did well to make it close. They played straight lines and made it difficult for us,” said Knight, whose team had advanced to the semifinals by winning all four group games.

Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail managed the first two breakthroughs after England got off to a fast start, then threw Knight past in the final to end England’s last hope.

Laura Wolvaardt and Brits started South Africa’s best batting performance of the tournament.

In the final group game against Bangladesh, they continued their opening unbeaten run of the century by naming 96 for the first wicket in 13.4 overs.

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Victory over the more likeable England side naturally prompted a flurry of reactions on social media. Here we take a look at selected tweets, notably from the South African Cricket Brotherhood:

Fantastic team effort by @ProteasWomenCSA, great time to climax! #SAvEng #finalstime

— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) February 24, 2023

That’s incredible. Without Dané van Niekerk and with so much side drama, South Africa will go into the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup. Many of us never thought we would see this day. @NewlandsCricket popped up. What a dream! #Cracker

— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) February 24, 2023

history made!!! The #MomentumProteas have beaten England to reach their first-ever Cricket World Cup Final 👏👏👏They face Australia in Sunday’s ICC Women’s @T20WorldCup Final 🙌🙌 #TurnItUp

— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) February 24, 2023

Well, it must be said that South Africa passed their #T20WorldCup fitness test today

— Daniel Brettig 🏏 (@danbrettig) February 24, 2023


— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) February 24, 2023

What a din in Newlands…reminds me of Lord’s in 2017…raw, passionate fans cheering for their country.

It’s moments like these that give momentum to a sport in this place and it is hoped that CSA will invest in the national and international structure. Fabulous for SA.

— 🗡️Charles Dagnall 🗡️ (@CharlesDagnall) February 24, 2023

What a performance by SA in their FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL! The Brits and Wolvaardt laid the groundwork and a crucial strike from Kapp to end the innings with flair. SA bowlers were clinical at death. de Klerk the standout in the middle overs. Exceptional game and audience.

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— Melissa Story (@melissagstory) February 24, 2023

South Africa lost the first game of this World Cup. Now they are in the final. This is a hell trip.

— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) February 24, 2023

Except 💔

Congratulations to South Africa for winning the semifinals. #ENGvsSA #T20WorldCup

— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) February 24, 2023

Incredible Scenes! This is a tremendous result for SA. They’ve been so close lately and now they’re getting their chance on the biggest stage at home. #T20WorldCup #ENGvSA

— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) February 24, 2023

With inputs from AFP

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Date updated: 25 February 2023 00:27:51 IST

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