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This passage describes a cricket match between South Africa and England in the lead up to the Women's T20 World Cup final. It was a thrilling match with lots of ups and downs, and ultimately, South Africa emerged victorious.
South Africa batted first and scored 164 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt, who opened the innings for South Africa, both scored half-centuries. This was a very competitive total and put the pressure on England's batting lineup.
England's innings got off to a great start with their openers scoring quickly. However, South African fielder Tazmin Brits took four catches to dismiss each of England's top four batsmen, which swung the momentum back in South Africa's favor.
Later on, Ayabonga Khaka, a South African bowler, took three wickets in a crucial over that changed the course of the game. This meant that England lost a lot of their momentum and were struggling to keep up with the required run rate.
In the end, South Africa managed to defend their total and beat England, booking their spot in the World Cup final against Australia. It was an exciting and tense match with lots of twists and turns, but South Africa delivered when it mattered and secured their place in the final.
The final over of the match between South Africa and England in the Women's T20 World Cup semifinal, where South Africa defended their total to win the game and secure a place in the final.
Going into the final over of the match, England required 13 runs to win. The responsibility of bowling the crucial final over fell to Shabnim Ismail, a South African fast bowler. Ismail delivered an exceptional over, allowing just 6 runs and taking 1 wicket. As a result, England fell 6 runs short of their target, and South Africa won the match.
The victory was particularly significant for South Africa as it meant that they had qualified for their first-ever World Cup final in any format of the game. The team had played exceptionally well, particularly in the field, with Tazmin Brits taking two sensational catches to dismiss England's batters Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey.
England had made a strong start to their innings, with their openers putting together a 53-run partnership in the powerplay. However, South Africa's bowlers and fielders gradually built up the pressure, and England's batters began to lose their wickets.
The match ended in dramatic fashion, with England needing 9 runs to win off the last ball. England's Katherine Brunt hit the ball to long-off, but it was caught safely by a South African fielder. The ball was then thrown to Shabnim Ismail, who ran to take off the bails and end the match. There was a brief moment of confusion as the South African team celebrated their victory, but the ball was declared dead, and South Africa secured their place in the final.
South Africa would now face Australia in the final, and the match promised to be an exciting clash between two of the top teams in the tournament.