The opening pair of Laura Wolvaardt (66*) and Tazmin Brits (50*) put on an unbroken 100-plus run partnership on Tuesday as South Africa defeated Bangladesh by ten wickets to advance to the semifinals of the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup. Previously, Bangladesh was held to 113 for six runs by the hosts, South Africa. On Friday, they’ll compete against England in the semifinals. During the formal news conference following the game, a humorous thing occurred. One journalist used Zoom to ask Wolvaardt a question about England as she was responding to queries. The South African cricketer, however, appeared perplexed. Wolvaardt said, “I really don’t know where you are,” in response to the journalist’s inquiry about if he was audible.
As it was revealed that the journalist was asking via zoom, Wolvaardt and the rest of the audience started laughing. “Laura Wolvaardt was obviously bewildered,” the description for the ICC’s Instagram post that included the incident’s video, read.
One person commented, “I thought it was Lord Voldemort,” referring to a figure from the Harry Potter book series.
England cricketer Alex Hartley wrote, “Hahahahaha this is so nice!”
At the beginning of their innings, South Africa experienced some unease.
On the first two balls of the South African inning, Marufa Akter, Bangladesh’s brilliant 18-year-old opening bowler, defeated Wolvaardt by swinging the ball into the batter’s pads.
With her second delivery, she successfully defended a leg before wicket appeal, but a review revealed the ball was swinging past leg stump.
In the following over, Brits was dropped by Nahida Akter, and in the third over, Wolvaardt should have been run out when both batters were at the same end, but Bangladesh botched their fielding attempt.
Out of the first four overs, only nine runs were scored. Wolvaardt hit a six against Akter in the fifth over, but after 10 overs, there had only been 42 runs scored.
Nonetheless, the two batters eventually established their rhythm, despite British escaping a simple stumping attempt and another catching opportunity before the triumph was secured.