Ayabonga Khaka starrer South Africa Women’s team created history on Friday (February 24) in Cape Town as they beat heavyweights England Women’s team to reach their maiden World Cup final in history. In the mouth-watering semi-final, England Women’s cricket team was tasked to chase 164 and got a solid start to their run-chase as openers added 53 in 5.1 overs.
But South African bowlers made a remarkable comeback to keep England batters at bay. After an incredible 18th over by Ayabonga Khaka where she picked three wickets and conceded just three runs, 34-year-old right-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail had to defend 13 off the last over. Ismail held her nerve as she gave away just six runs and picked one wicket to ensure a historic victory in front of the home crowd.
It was a memorable victory for the host as they entered into their first final of the T20 World Cup, and the joy was quite evident in Newlands as the South African cricketers could not control their emotions and seemed teary-eyed as they gathered to celebrate this monumental victory.
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For Proteas, Ayabonga Khaka and Shabnim Ismail picked four and three wickets, in the game, respectively. England’s all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt was the leading run-getter for the team in the match as she scored 40 off 34 deliveries.
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