There is a famous term in cricket ‘catches win matches’. Even if it does not prove to be correct every time, still there will always be possibilities of good results by grabbing the crucial catches. If the catches are dropped, it can affect the team and huge losses are also possible.
Meanwhile, in the first semi-final of the Women’s 20-20 World Cup 2023, the Indian cricket team had to bear the brunt of dropped catches. Indian fielders dropped very easy catches and it cost them the final spot. A day later, in the semi-final between England and South Africa, the South African player Tazmin Brits brought the team back on track by taking a surprising catch with one hand.
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The second semi-final was played between the Proteas and England in Cape Town on Friday, February 24, Brits first played a strong inning and scored a half-century. She helped the team to achieve a fighting total. However, that wasn’t enough as Brits then showed her magnificent fielding display, which put a brake on the English innings.
A brilliant all-round performance by the South African team
Talking about the match, South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision proved right as openers Laura Wolvaardt and Brits stitched an outstanding 96-run stand for the first wicket. At 96/0, it looked ominous for England but Sophie Ecclestone forced a leading edge to dismiss Laura immediately after her fifty.
Brits also departed after smashing 68 runs off 55 deliveries, a knock which included 6 fours and 2 sixes. Marizanne Kapp made her intent clear and played a quickfire inning of 27 runs off just 13 balls. Ecclestone was the highest wicket-taker for her team as she picked up 3 wickets and conceded just 22 runs in her 4 overs quota.
Chasing the target, England got off to a blazing start as the openers smashed 53 runs in the first five overs of the second innings. However, the 23-year-old bowler, Nadine de Klerk brought her team back into the match in the 17th over as she dismissed the dangerous-looking batter Nat Sciver-Brunt, she conceded only 17 runs in 4 overs. Ayabonga Khaka picked up 4 wickets and helped the team to win the match by 6 runs.