'Are you kidding': Cricket world erupts over 'unacceptable' drama

Indian players (pictured left) were shattered after losing a World Cup match and (pictured right) a no ball.
India were knocked out of the World Cup after a 'no ball' (pictured right) on the last over ultimately cost the team a win. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

The cricket world watched on in disbelief as India were knocked out of the ODI World Cup in dramatic circumstances to send the West Indies through to face Australia in the semi-final.

Chasing 275 for victory, South Africa hit seven off the final Deepti Sharma over to end the tournament of one the 2017 finalists.

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However, it was the second-last ball that had the cricket world in shock.

Needing three off the final two deliveries, Mignon du Preez was caught in the deep as India celebrated what they presumed was a crucial wicket.

Although replays showed Deepti Sharma had bowled a front foot no-ball.

Du Preez hit one off the subsequent free hit, before South Africa finished with a single off the final ball.

The cricket world reacted to the insane drama in the final over.

Many praised Sharma for having the courage to take the ball in such nerve-racking circumstances.

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It means South Africa will come up against England in the second semi-final on Thursday, while the undefeated Australians duel with West Indies on Wednesday.

Unbeaten in their past 10 matches against West Indies, Australia are hopeful of Ellyse Perry returning from a back injury for the knockout clash.

But despite their unwanted record in all formats against Australia, West Indies do have a favourable history in big games.

India look dejected after being knocked out during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup match against South Africa.
India look dejected after being knocked out during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup match against South Africa. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer-ICC/ICC via Getty Images) (Kai Schwoerer-ICC via Getty Images)

They won their last finals match in a World Cup tournament, shocking Australia in the decider of the T20s in the Caribbean in 2016.

On that night Hayley Matthews hit 66 and Stefanie Taylor 59, with that loss and the defeat at hands of India in the 2017 ODI World Cup prompting a rethink of tactics in Australian circles.

Seven West Indies players still remain from that match, while six Australians remain.

with AAP

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