INDW vs SAW. (Source: BCCI)

The Indian women’s team bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2022 after suffering a defeat against South Africa in a virtual quarter-final. The South African clinched a three-wicket win on the last-ball thriller while chasing 275 in 50 overs.

WHO SAID WHAT?
Sune Luus – Winning captain – 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

Mithali Raj | Losing captain – I personally feel the girls gave it all, it was an important game, was a good game, it ended our campaign, but I’m proud of the girls for coming so far. With the bowlers we had, I thought 275 was a good total, we had defended similar totals in the past. Her experience (on missing Jhulan Goswami) would have added a lot, but this was an exposure for the other girls to step up. Everything should come to an end, it’ll take time to settle the emotions, but that is sport. Thanks to everyone who turned out for every Indian game, it was nice to hear your cheers and keep supporting the girls and the Indian women’s team in the future.

Mignon du Preez | Player of the Match: I have been very fortunate, the girls have supported me throughout, I haven’t had the best start to the tournament with the bat but to be able to do it today for us today was very special. The biggest thing was to take it deep. When I got in, there was still quite a few overs and we knew if we actually gave us some time, it’ll get easier. Myself and Kapp said again we just need to take it as deep as possible because we know what Chloe can do. She hit a couple of boundaries. It (this knock) means a lot, it’s been a tough few weeks when I haven’t contributed like I would have liked. To do it when it matters the most, getting the momentum right into the semifinal, I’ll take it anytime of the week. (Message to fans) We can’t do it without you, thank you very much for all the support.

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