India suffered a heart-shattering exit from the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 after South Africa held their nerves to win the contest with three wickets in hand. India’s loss has helped West Indies join the semi-final stage, with Australia, South Africa, and England already there.

Chasing 275, the match went down to the wire, where the Proteas eventually won the match on the final delivery. Laura Wolvaardt (80), Mignon du Preez (52 not out) and Lara Goodall (49) contributed with memorable knocks to take their side over the finish line.

Earlier, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj smashed brilliant half-centuries to help India reach a competitive 274/7 at the Hagley Oval on Sunday.

Shafali (53 off 46) and Smriti (71 off 84) formed a dominating 91-run stand off 90 balls for the opening wicket to take India to a flyer. Captain Mithali (68 off 84) and Harmanpreet Kaur (48 off 57 balls) chipped in with some valuable contributions towards the end of the innings.

“We’re extremely happy, also for du Preez, for getting a fifty. She has worked hard for it after struggling early- this is how the semis is going to be (in terms of a contest), the preparation for the same couldn’t have been any better. Coming into a D/N game, the experience should be good for the team. I am very happy for her (on Lara Goodall), the way she supported Laura (Wolvaardt), all this will keep us good coming into the semis. I think the South Africans can be very proud of us, the way we played, the calm and the trust – it’s something we can be thrilled about,” said South Africa captain Sune Luus after the match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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🇿🇦 A 125-run second-wicket partnership between Laura Wolvaardt (80) and Lara Goodall (49) set the innings up as Mignon du Preez (52*) saw the team over the line

📷 ICC/Getty#INDvSA #CWC22 #BePartOfTheForce #AlwaysRising

— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 27, 2022

Oh dear. So near yet so far. 💔 Disappointment for the Indian girls, they tried their best but it was a game of tight margins and credit to South Africa for maintaining their nerves. #IndvSA #CWC22

— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 27, 2022

Heartbroken 💔 #CWC22

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 27, 2022

The entire 🇮🇳 is proud of you @BCCIWomen! Whistles forever🥳#CWC22 #WhistlePodu

— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 27, 2022

It wasn’t just the no ball which cost India the game today but sometimes an inch costs moments that takes decades to achieve and are possibly once in a lifetime achievement for many players. Disappointing end to India’s campaign #IndvSA #cwc22

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 27, 2022

Hard luck, girls. 💔

A thriller of a #CWC22 game goes against 🇮🇳’s way. 😔#OneFamily #INDvSA

— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 27, 2022

A thrilling end to the group stage with South Africa’s victory on the last ball taking West Indies to the Semi Finals. Heartbreak for India who are out of the Semis. They fought courageously till end but couldn’t finish the game.

Semi Finals: Aus vs WI and RSA vs Eng. #CWC22

— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) March 27, 2022

Always proud, @BCCIWomen! 💗🇮🇳 #INDvSA | #CWC22

— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 27, 2022

India lost a thriller on the last ball of the match.#CWC22 Scorecard:

— (@CricketTimesHQ) March 27, 2022

Heartbreak for India! 💔

We have our semi finalists and this World Cup is seriously the gift that keep on giving.

Australia Vs West Indies

England Vs South Africa

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #CWC22

— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 27, 2022

Absolutely heartbroken for 🇮🇳 Final World Cup hurrah for Raj and Goswami who have been incredible stalwarts. Big ❤️ to Deepti – takes a lot of courage to bowl the final over and nearly got them there. 🇿🇦 have just been too good under pressure #CWC22

— Isa Guha (@isaguha) March 27, 2022

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