South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group A, Sylhet
South Africa Women produced the tournament's most significant upset by beating New Zealand Women to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.
They join Australia in reaching the knockout phase from Group A after handing New Zealand a five-wicket defeat.
After restricting New Zealand to 114 for nine, South Africa made history by closing on 116 for five with four balls to spare.
Captain Mignon du Preez top scored with 51 after Marizanne Kapp had taken three for 23, sealing a first win over New Zealand at the fourth attempt.
The game was, effectively, a quarter-final with the winner going through alongside Australia, and New Zealand batted first, but found little fluency.
Sophie Devine made 40 in 43 balls but only three others reached double figures and South Africa kept a tight rein on the scoring.
Kapp removed Devine, Nicola Browne (8) and Frances Mackay (1) while Dane van Niekerk (2-12) dismissed the dangerous Suzie Bates and Katie Perkins.
Shabnim Ismail and Suné Luus also took a wicket each.
South Africa made a poor start to their run chase as Morna Nielsen bowled Lizelle Lee for six and Trisha Chetty was trapped in front for nought.
However, van Niekerk (23) and du Preez then added a vital 36 for the third wicket to keep South Africa in the game.
Bates had van Niekerk caught behind by Rachel Priest in the 11th over only for du Preez to find another willing ally in Kapp, whose 23 in 24 balls helped take South Africa to the brink.
New Zealand were not about to relinquish their title hopes without a fight however, and both fell in consecutive deliveries when Kapp was caught by Bates off Devine and du Preez was run out with the finishing line in sight.
A boundary apiece from Chloe Tryon (4 not out) and Shandre Fritz (6 not out) helped them home to cap a miserable day for New Zealand, who saw both their men and women lose crunch games and miss out on the semi-finals of their respective competitions.
South Africa will play the West Indies or England in the semi-finals.
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