It remained to be seen who South Africa’s opponent will be in the semis, but there is no doubt that real belief has grown throughout the competition after the Proteas Women suffered just the solitary defeat against Australia.
Although India scored a competitive 274/7, two wickets each to Shabnim Ismail and Masabat Klaas kept South Africa very much in the game.
A superb score of 80 from Laura Wolvaardt, as well as a match-winning unbeaten half century from Mignon du Preez led South Africa to another morale-boosting victory, with Lara Goodall also chipping in with a crucial 49.
Sune Luus’ team were always set to finish second in the standings – win or lose – against their Indian opponents.
In contrast, India still had plenty to play for and could have jumped to third with a victory, thus setting up a semi-final against South Africa. However, they have now been eliminated.