2023 ICC Women's T20 Semifinal: South Africa's Womens Proteas Make History by Defeating England
- There was history at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on Friday afternoon
- South Africa defeated England in the semifinal of the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup
- In doing so, they became the first senior team to qualify for the final of a world cup
At last! At long, long last!
The Proteas are going to the final of a world cup. South Africa's women's national team defeated England in a very tense 2023 ICC Women's T20 semifinal on Friday at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.
The hosts scored 164/4 for in their allotted 20 overs, before restricting the co-favourites (alongside Australia) to 158 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their chase. The 'Vrouteas' will now take on the Baggy Green in the final on Sunday afternoon. They scraped past India by five very tight runs on Thursday.
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This was a historic victory, for no senior team - women and men - from these shores had made it to a final of a global event. The only time this happened across the board was when South Africa's men's U19 team won the world cup back in 2014 in the United Arab Emirates.
Temple Boys Cpt thrill CWC crowds
The off-field entertainment during the current 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup has proven to be just as good as the on-field action.
Various musical acts have displayed their talents to spectators and viewers at home in between the cricket itself. The most popular one proved to be the gqomkaans group Temple Pilots Cpt, who rocked the crowd at Boland Park Cricket Stadium in Paarl.
The hip-hop group, renowned for rapping in Afrikaans, performed ahead of the encounter between the West Indies and Pakistan (which the former won).
Crowd sings 'ZuPePe' at SA20
The SA20 tournament is proving to be successful on and off the pitch.
The crowds have filled out stadiums across the country for the first time in nearly three years since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. St. George's Park in Gqeberha is easily the country's liveliest ground in South Africa, and it did not disappoint during a recent match between Sunrisers Eastern Cape Town and Paarl Royals.
The spectators, joined by the world-famous band, belted out a popular nameless tune towards the end of the match that Royals eventually won by five wickets. This rendition thrilled commentators Darren Sammy, Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Ashwell Prince in the commentary booth.
Source: Sports Brief News