South Africa smothered England with a perfect performance in front of a home crowd of 7,507 at Newlands to book a place in Sunday’s final against Australia after challenging England to break their own record for the highest T20 World Cup success – got within seven runs since you do it.
“There are definitely things you can do better,” Knight said. “The experience of playing under a great crowd was a great experience and I think the younger players will learn a lot from that. A lot of them have played in front of big crowds but when there are so many and when it’s a World Cup semi-final , this adds it.
“But I think remembering, as a side, this match doesn’t define us. We should be really proud and we will keep the faith. In T20 cricket, sometimes you will lose games unfortunately. And today was not our day.”
“The way we played was definitely fun and it’s definitely the way to be successful,” Knight said. “There’s always a risk in playing this way, but it shows that we’ve almost got it. That’s the right strategy going forward. I think we’re building something nicely, obviously it hasn’t come out enough in this tournament, unfortunately, and today, but I think the future looks bright.”
“We definitely believed as a team that we could win,” Knight said. “The crowd behind them was definitely a factor, you definitely felt it as an opponent. I think they held their nerve really well. Their bowlers took it as deep as they could and got a few wickets which meant the rate went up quite quickly. They looked quite clear under pressure.”
Amy Jones, who had contributed two valuable scores in the 40s in the previous two matches but fell victim to the Haka early on this occasion, said England had simply failed to execute at key moments.
“South Africa came at us hard and in front of a home crowd they really put on a show,” Jones said. “There were times where it was in the balance and we got off to a really good start for both innings and were ahead of the game, so the back end of both innings is where we lost it on the field a couple of times.
“Throughout this tournament we’ve said that we want to put pressure on the opposition at all times and stick to our strengths and on the pitch that looks like you’re all about attacking the ball and throwing yourself around and supporting your team-mates as much as possible . We did that, I think it was just execution and similarly at the back end with the bat, we took positive options and stuck to our strengths, but we lost too many wickets.
“We wanted to win this game more than anything, but I think going forward, it’s something we believe in, something we’re going to continue to do and it’s going to hold us in good stead.”
Valkerie Baynes is editor-in-chief, women’s cricket, at ESPNcricinfo