ICC Women's World Cup: India's WC hope dashed, South Africa win by 3 wickets

Skipper Mithali Raj, who is the youngest Indian to score 50 in World Cup, became the oldest Indian to score 50 in today's World Cup match. 

ICC Women's World Cup:  India's WC hope dashed, South Africa win by 3 wickets
Mithali Raj

Christchurch: South Africa won by 3 wickets against India at Christchurch on Sunday. India failed to qualify for the semi-finals. Indian women's team had set 275 runs target for South Africa in ICC Women's World Cup encounter at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

The match went down down to the wire but South Africa needed 1 off the final ball and managed to score the winning run.  The 5th ball was bowled by Deepti Sharma, which fetched a wicket, but was declared a No Ball for overstepping.

This is India's final league game of the World Cup, having won three and lost three so far. For the women in blue, today's match was a must win game to seal a spot in the semi-finals. 

India won the toss and elected to bat. After opting to bat first, India scored 274-7 from 50 overs against the Proteas. Shafali, Smriti and Mithali scored half-centuries while Harman made 48. 

Skipper Mithali Raj, who is the youngest Indian to score 50 in World Cup, became the oldest Indian to score 50 in today's World Cup match.  Mithali brought up her 64th ODI fifty in 69 balls with five boundaries. 

India: S Mandhana, S Verma, Y Bhatia, M Raj (c), H Kaur, R Ghosh (wk), P Vastrakar, S Rana, D Sharma, M Singh, R Gayakwad 

South Africa:  L Lee, L Wolvaardt, L Goodall, S Luus (c), M du Preez, M Kapp, C Tryon, T Chetty (wk), S Ismail, M Klaas, A Khaka