In the face of accurate and testing bowling from the West Indies, the Proteas dragged themselves to 160 all out in 40.4 overs in the second ODI at the Wanderers on Monday.
The game was reduced because of morning rain that took 90 minutes from the start. Ahead of what would have been the 11:00 start, the recovered Stafanie Taylor won the toss and gave Sune Luus’s side first use of what was a used and slightly tacky surface.
South Africa began decently enough, with Laura Wolvaardt (25) and Tazmin Brits (25) getting the hosts off to a solid start with a 53-run opening stand that spanned 16.1 overs.
However, the visitors maintained a nagging line outside off-stump and Wolvaardt edged the impressive Chinelle Henry (2/32) to Shakera Selman (2/47) at gully.
Lara Goodall (1) inexplicably jumped down the wicket and was smartly stumped by Shemaine Campbelle off Karishma Ramharack (2/37) to leave SA struggling at 58/2.
That became 58/3 when Brits fell to the Campbelle/Henry combination as the situation became slightly dire for the home team.
The West Indies bowled suffocating lines and lengths while Luus (46) Mignon du Preez (9) tried to find boundaries.
The responsibility of a competitive score fell squarely on Luus as the experienced Du Preez fell to Ramharack while Luus then became Shamilia Connell’s (2/22) first victim.
Chloe Tryon was Connell’s second scalp, with Henry taking a wonderful catch at mid-on. Sinalo Jafta (14) tried to push the innings on but gave the superb Hayley Matthews (2/21) a simple return catch.
Shabnim Ismail (0) didn’t trouble the scorers when he holed out to Rashada Williams at cover off Selman while Masabata Klaas (3) was caught by Chedean Nation at midwicket of Selman.
It was left to Ayabonga Khakha (4) and Nonkululeko Mlaba (6*) to attempt to shepherd SA to the break, but a vicious Williams off-break snared Khaka to end the innings.