Women’s World Cup: India fail to reach semi -finals.© AFP
India’s hopes of advancing to the semi -finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup ended heartbreakingly when South Africa won the final ball game at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday. The defeat meant India failed to advance to the top four, with Australia, South Africa, England and the West Indies making it to the semi -finals. India are getting closer to beating South Africa, who will secure their place into the semi -finals, but not getting the ball in the final over Deepti Sharma’s match to India’s loss.
Half a century from Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma and Mithali Raj helped India record 274 for seven in 50 overs.
Mandhana (71) and Verma (53) recorded 91 in their opening positions while Mandhana and Raj (68) added 80 for the third wicket with over 300 points on the card so South Africa limited India to just 51 runs in the final 10 games.
South Africa, who need to produce their most successful ODI chase to win, saw Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall make the total to 139 for one match in the 27th.
The chase lost spirit when Goodall lost 49, with Wolvaardt getting 80 in the next game.
But a late charge led by Mignon du Preez (52 not out) saw South Africa come home, with du Preez scoring the winning run on the final ball of the match.
“It will probably take some time to resolve the emotions” Raj said.
“It went to the last ball so I thought it was good for the sport but definitely for the Indian team it ended our campaign.”
With input from AFP
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