South Africa Shock New Zealand To Go Through

South Africa Women celebrate
South Africa can celebrate after their most significant victory in Women's Twenty20 International cricket
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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.

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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.

© Cricket World 2014

Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets