Laura Wolvaardt scored 66 runs as South Africa sealed their semi-final place at the Women's T20 World Cup with a ten-wicket win over Bangladesh ©Getty Images

Hosts South Africa secured a place in the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup while England claimed a record win on the final day of the group stage.

South Africa went into their match with Bangladesh, the second of a double-header at Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town, knowing they needed a win to clinch a place in the knockout stages.

Already eliminated Bangladesh chose to bat after winning the toss and compiled 113 for six off their 20 overs, with captain Nigar Sultana Joty top scoring with 30.

South Africa chased down their target without losing a wicket and with 13 balls to spare however it was not as comfortable as the ten-wicket margin of victory may suggest.

South Africa started their innings slowly and were behind the required run rate at the halfway point, only reaching 43 runs off the first 10 overs.

However, the Proteas accelerated in the second half of the innings, mainly thanks to Laura Wolvaardt, who made 66 runs off 56 balls.

Alongside her at the crease was Tazmin Brits, who finished 50 not out from 51 balls as South Africa set up a semi-final encounter with England on Friday (February 24).

Sophie Ecclestone took the final wicket as England defeated Pakistan by a record margin at a Women's T20 World Cup ©Getty Images
Sophie Ecclestone took the final wicket as England defeated Pakistan by a record margin at a Women's T20 World Cup ©Getty Images

In the first game of the day England notched up a record score of 213 for five, as they became the first nation to pass 200 runs at a Women’s T20 World Cup tournament.

Natalie Sciver-Brunt was England’s star batter finishing unbeaten on 81 following a 40-ball knock which contained 12 fours and a six.

Opener Danni Wyatt made 59, while wicketkeeper Amy Jones contributed 47, with Sciver-Brunt and Jones putting on a partnership of 100 runs off 46 balls.

In reply Pakistan lost their first wicket to the second ball of the innings although they did bat out their overs, making 99 for nine, with Tuba Hassan top scoring with 28.

England triumphed by 114 runs, the biggest ever margin of victory in a match at the Women’s T20 World Cup, and will head into their semi-final with the hosts full of confidence.

The first semi-final of the tournament is due to take place on Thursday (February 23) and will be a repeat of the 2020 final, with holders Australia taking on India.