England knocked out of T20 World Cup as South Africa set up Australia final

South Africa will play defending champions Australia in the Women’s T20 World Cup final after the hosts beat England by six runs in Cape Town.

Chasing 165, England raced to 53-0 and were then well placed on 132-4 before losing four wickets for eight runs.

Defending 13 from the final over, South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail bowled Heather Knight to end England’s hopes and finish with three wickets.

The result means South Africa progress to Sunday’s final, where they will play five-time champions and the dominant force in women’s cricket, Australia.

Defending champions Australia advanced to a seventh successive World Cup final with a five-run win over India.

It was a bizarrely subdued start to the South Africa innings in front of a partisan Cape Town crowd, with the openers scoring just nine runs from the first three overs.

Laura Wolvaardt began to find some form towards the end of the powerplay, hitting Charlie Dean for six and Nat Sciver-Brunt for four as the hosts reached a more respectable 37-0 after the powerplay.

The impressive Sophie Ecclestone picked up England’s first wicket – Wolvaardt departing for 53 from 44 – and South Africa struggled to wrestle back momentum until Tazmin Brits smashed Sarah Glenn for two sixes and one four from an expensive 15th over.

That took South Africa to 116-5 and they managed another 48 runs from the remaining 30 balls with Marizanne Kapp blasting 27 in a 13-ball cameo.

England have shown aggression and dynamism with the bat throughout this tournament and Sophia Dunkley and Danni Wyatt ensured the chase got off to a rapid start.

The pair hit nine boundaries in the first five overs as England raced to 52-0, but South Africa began to fight back as they took two wickets in the final over the powerplay.

Dunkley went for 28 from 16 and two balls later Alice Capsey was brilliant caught one-handed by the diving Brits at mid-wicket.

England had moved to 82-3 at the halfway point – needing another 83 to advance to the final – but lost Wyatt in the next over.

That brought Knight to the crease and the England captain combined with Nat Sciver-Brunt to take the 2009 champions to 117-3, needing 48 from the final five overs.

Sciver-Brunt, who survived a drop on 17, found the ropes three times in the 16th over but was caught in the deep with England still needing 33 from 22 balls.

The next over from Ayabonga Khaka proved crucial as England scored just three runs and lost three wickets – Amy Jones, Sophie Ecclestone and Katherine Sciver-Brunt all departing.

With Knight at the crease England still had an outside chance but England’s skipper was knocked over by Ismail in the last over, sparking wild celebrations at Newlands.

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