After several ICC tournaments in which South Africa had come out on the wrong end of close finishes, they finally had reason to smile on Friday (June 14) after a rain-affected virtual knockout match against West Indies ended with the scores tied via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Given South Africa's superior net run-rate, they joined India as the second team to qualify for the semifinals of the Champions Trophy from Group B, burying a few ghosts of defeats past.
"It feels great," said AB de Villiers, the South Africa captain. "We've been on the wrong side of these kind of matches in the past quite a few times... I thought we played really good cricket (for) most of the game today. The way the bowlers stuck together as a unit was really great."