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WATCH: West Indies women’s team celebrate after South Africa defeat India in last league match of 2022 Women’s World Cup

India's elimination meant that the West Indies team directly qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 27 March 2022 4:10 pm

The last league match of the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup can be considered as an instant classic as South Africa pulled out an incredible comeback to defeat India by three wickets. The game went down to the wire and a no-ball in the final over broke India’s heart as South Africa register their highest successful chase in World Cup.  

India’s elimination meant that the West Indies team directly qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup. The Windies have also had an incredible tournament where they pulled out off big upsets. They defeated New Zealand in the first encounter and then took down previous winner England in another close game. 

These victories were followed by comprehensive defeats against Australia and India. The Aussie defeated them by seven wickets. While India handed them a 155-run loss. Then the Windies suffered their third straight defeat against Pakistan which was followed by a washed-out game against South Africa. 

Watch the West Indies Women’s team celebration:

Heartbreak for India

The Indian team suffered their second heartbreak in the 50-over World Cup over after losing to South Africa in the last league game of the tournament. After the match, India captain Mithali Raj expressed how she was proud of the team’s performance in the tournament. She also talked about her retirement as this was the last game of her illustrious career. 

Raj said, I personally feel the girls gave it all, it was an important game, was a good game, it ended our campaign, but I’m proud of the girls for coming so far. With the bowlers we had, I thought 275 was a good total, we had defended similar totals in the past.”

“Her experience (on missing Jhulan Goswami) would have added a lot, but this was an exposure for the other girls to step up. Everything should come to an end, it’ll take time to settle the emotions, but that is sport. Thanks to everyone who turned out for every Indian game, it was nice to hear your cheers and keep supporting the girls and the Indian women’s team in the future.”

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