Calcutta/ Cuttack: South Africa's Marizanne Kapp's maiden ODI century, at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, on Tuesday, sent Pakistan crashing out of the ICC Women's World Cup to secure her side a Super Six berth.
Kapp and Dane van Niekerk lent stability to the South African innings after a disappointing start.
Later, Kapp proceeded to clean up the Pakistan batting line-up with her useful medium-pace bowling to ensure South Africa a safe passage to Super Six with the B3 position from Group B.
With captain Mignon du Preez and her deputy Tricia Chetty departing in quick succession, South Africa were stumbling at nine for two.
They slipped further, being reduced to 79 for five with Yolandi Potgieter, Cri-Zelda Brits and Susan Benade falling without making any substantial contribution. Just when the situation was turning out to be a critical one, all-rounder Kapp and van Niekerk held fort to come to the team's rescue.
South Africa 207/5 in 50 ovs (M .Kapp 102 not out). Pakistan 81 in 29.4 ovs (M. Kapp 3/18). South Africa won by 126 runs.