CAPE TOWN-The Proteas women may not be producing the most clinical performances at the moment, but they do know how to close out a match. They achieved that again at Kingsmead to defeat Pakistan by 32 runs in the third and final ODI to complete a 3-0 whitewash.
The Proteas were without regular captain Dane van Niekerk and vice-captain Chloe Tryon for the duration series, allowing Laura Goodall and Nadine de Klerk valuable opportunities. South Africa’s new-look middle-order floundered after a positive start by the opening pair of Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt. The experienced duo put on 79 for the first wicket before Lee drove Nashra Sandu to the impressive Diana Baig at cover to be dismissed for 49 off 68 balls while Wolvaardt struck 58. South Africa’s innings fell away after Baig’s double strike as the last nine wickets fell for the addition of just 77 runs.
Baig was the chief-destroyer as she picked up a further two wickets to finish with 4/30, which pushed her tally up to nine for the series. But like South Africa have shown throughout the series that they are able to put the squeeze on when it mattered, and they did that again with the ball as the bowling unit never gave Pakistan a sniff during their run chase. Shabnim Ismail led the way with figures of 3/22 and emerged as player of the match and player of the series. Skipper Sune Luus claimed 3/35 and Ayabonga Khaka 3/29.
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Pakistan captain Javeria Khan promoted herself to the top of the order and battled away with a hard-fought 33 off 61 balls, but unfortunately did not have sufficient support lower down the order to haul in the target. Both teams will enjoy a couple of days break before locking horns again in the T20I series starting later this week.
Scorecard SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN:
L Lee c Diana b Nashra Sandhu 49
L Wolvaardt c Sidra b Diana Baig 58
S Luus lbw b Omaima Sohail 15
L Goodall c Sidra b Diana Baig 0
T Brits c Aliya b Nashra Sandhu 4
Anne Bosch c Aliya b Anam Amin 15
T Chetty c Nahida b Diana Baig 34
S Ismail c Nahida b Diana Baig 1
Masabata Klaas b Nida Dar 5
Ayabonga Khaka run out 10
Nonkululeko Mlaba not out 2
EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 1, nb 2, w 4) 8
TOTAL: (all out, 50 overs) 201
BOWLING: Fatima Sana 7-1-43-0, Diana Baig 10-1-30-4, Anam Amin 10-1-39-1, Nida Dar 8-0-35-1, Nashra Sandhu 10-2-31-2, Aliya Riaz 1-0-10-0, Omaima Sohail 4-1-11-1.
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Nahida Khan c Lee b Ismail 3
Javeria Khan c & b Luus 33
Omaima Sohail c Brits b Ismail 2
Kainat Imtiaz c Goodall b Luus 16
Nida Dar c Ismail b Luus 14
Aliya Riaz b Ismail 27
Sidra Nawaz c & b Khaka 25
Fatima Sana lbw b Klaas 16
Diana Baig b Khaka 21
Nashra Sandhu not out 3
Anam Amin c Chetty b Khaka 0
EXTRAS: (lb 3, w 6) 9
TOTAL: (all out, 48 overs) 169
BOWLING: Shabnim Ismail 9-0-22-3, Masabata Klaas 10-0-39-1, Ayabonga Khaka 9-1-29-3, Nonkululeko Mlaba 10-1-41-0, Sune Luus 10-0-35-3.
TOSS: Pakistan Women
UMPIRES: L Agenbag, L Gcuma
TV UMPIRE: Stephen Harris
MATCH REFEREE: Shandre Fritz