South Africa Women won by 10 Wickets
PLAYER OF THE MATCH Laura Wolvaardt
Laura Wolvaardt, Player of the Match: We were under pressure at the half-way mark. We trusted that runs would come at the end. Bit of a mental thing. We made it harder than what it was. It was a good wicket to bat on. We struggled for timing. So special to play the semis at Newlands. Hopefully, we will have a good game. I have had a frustrating tournament so far. But this one feels so good.
Nigar Sultana: In this kind of surface, 140 would have been difficult to chase. There were no partnerships. When you are defending a small total, you need to take your chances otherwise it becomes very difficult for the bowlers. Marufa and Shorna were very energetic. Thanks to the crowd, we lost three games back-to-back but they motivated us always.
So, mark the calendars. First semi-final has Australia taking on India followed by SA locking horns with England. The hosts will be elated today. But England would be a tough proposition to deal with. Knockouts though are a different cup of tea. We will hear from the skippers before we buzz off. Who are your bets on for the finale? I will keep my cards close to my chest.
Match Day Report
South Africa won by ten wickets at Newlands after restricting Bangladesh to 113 for six, and will play England in the last four at the same ground on Friday.
Wolvaardt made 66 not out and Brits was unbeaten on 50 as the home side made 117 for no wickets, winning with 13 balls to spare.
South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka all had two wins from their four matches in Group One but South Africa had a net run rate to finish second in the group behind unbeaten Australia.
It was a less than imposing performance by the host nation in the field against a team that had lost all three of their previous matches.
No batter was able to score more than captain Nigar Sultana's 30 but aggressive running between wickets enabled Bangladesh to keep the score moving, aided by some nervy errors in the field by South Africa.
Seam bowlers Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka took two wickets each.
There were anxious moments for South Africa at the start of their innings.
Marufa Akter, Bangladesh's impressive 18-year-old opening bowler, beat Wolvaardt with the first two balls of the South African innings, swinging the ball into the batter's pads.
She won an appeal for leg before wicket with the second delivery but a review showed the ball was swinging past leg stump.
Brits was dropped off Nahida Akter in the next over and Wolvaardt should have been run out in the third over when both batters found themselves at the same end, only for Bangladesh to botch their fielding effort.
Only nine runs were scored off the first four overs. Wolvaardt hit a six off Akter in the fifth over but the total was only 42 runs after ten overs.
The two batters gradually found their timing, however, although Brits survived a straightforward stumping chance and another catching opportunity before victory was achieved.