Laura Wolvaardt was ever gracious after her match winning score ensured her team make it to the semifinals of the T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia. Photo: EPA
Laura Wolvaardt was ever gracious after her match winning score ensured her team make it to the semifinals of the T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia. Photo: EPA

WATCH: Wolvaardt credits teammates for T20 Cricket World Cup success

By Alicia Pillay Time of article published Mar 1, 2020

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Laura Wolvaardt was ever gracious after her match-winning score ensured her team make it to the semifinals of the T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia. 

The Capetonian made an beated 53 that came off just 36 deliveries in the match against Pakistan earlier today where the Proteas went on to the game by 17 runs. 

The win also means South Africa are undefeated in the competition so far, which started with an unlikely win against England in their first game. 

Wolvaardt says this innings was one of, if not her biggest contributions to the national team.

"It (the innings) really meant a lot me, I think it's probably the biggest contribution I have made to this team if I think of the importance of today and the World Cup. I am really happy that things worked out the way they did." 

Laura Wolvaardt chats after the Proteas win against Pakistan in Sydney. Wolvaardt made an unbeaten 53 which saw South Africa win by 53 runs. Video: CSA Media 

Proteas openers Lizelle Lee and captain Dane' van Niekerk fell victim to the low and slow pitch in Sydney, with just Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp managing to a make a decent contribution with the bat. 

Wolvaardt says van Niekerk advised her of how uneven the pitch was playing before she went out to bat.

"It (the pitch) was lower and slower than what we were used to. Dane' our captain came to sit by me in the dugout and she was telling me what was on and what wasn't on. It's really nice to have those senior players. When I went out to bat, Kappie was batting with me. So it's nice to rub of them and they told me what options were good." 

South Africa next face the West Indies at the same venue on Wednesday. 

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