South Africa booked their semi-final spot in the Women's World Cup against Sri Lanka at the County Ground in Taunton. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 101 as Proteas captain Dané van Niekerk took four wickets. They rounded off the match with an eight-wicket victory.
This victory was the second time South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament. It was achieved last at the 2000 edition of the competition.
As cited by sport24, a satisfied Van Niekerk said:
“This is what we have been working so many years for and I’m so proud of the team for all the work they have put in. We can tick this box now and celebrate the fact that we have achieved one of our objectives going into the competition with a match to spare.
“There’s still a game against Australia that needs to be won in the round-robin stage though, and we have a long competition still to get through and we’ll be focussing on that too.”
South Africa will face Australia on Saturday at County Ground in Taunton.