A fiery bowling spell from Shabnim Ismail (three for 12) and Dane van Niekerk’s legspin (two for 19) helped the South African women’s cricket team make history against the West Indies in Durban on Friday.
South Africa successfully defending a modest total of 125 and beat the West Indies in the T20 format for the first time ever. The Proteas won the toss and elected to bat and a 41-run partnership up front between Trisha Chetty and Dane van Niekerk helped South Africa set a good foundation to build from.
That building did not happen until the fourth-wicket partnership, though, with Marizanne Kapp and Lizelle Lee putting on 48 and Sune Luus making a late cameo, hitting an unbeaten 16 off 15. Overall, South Africa struggled to really build any partnerships of substance and managed to post only a modest total.
Fortunately, Shabnim Ismail was in fine form and within the first three overs, including that of the dangerous Stefanie Taylor. Captain Mignon du Preez persisted with Ismail, giving her three overs to make inroads and it worked.
By the fifth over, the West Indies were struggling at 16-4. However, a late charge from Deandra Dottin and Stacy-Ann King, who combined for 72 runs rattled South Africa just a bit. Dottin, who hit 40 off 31 balls (four sixes and one four) looked set on guiding her side home until Van Niekerk bagged the wicket in the 16th over with Moseline Daniels holding her nerve to snatch the catch.
From there, it was all about staying calm. Which is exactly what South Africa’s bowlers did as they claimed an 11-run win to take a 1-0 series lead in the three-match series.
source: The South African.com