Shabnim Ismail took a career-best 5/30 to help the Momentum Proteas beat India by five wickets in the third Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s T20 at the Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday. The visitors now lead the series 2-1.
India were restricted to 133 in 17.5 overs thanks to Ismail’s remarkable spell which was well supported by Masabata Klaas, who got 2/20. A special mention must go to Marizanne Kapp who got the team off to a sensational start, taking the wicket of Mithali Raj (0) in the first over of the match. She ended with outstanding figures of 1/6 in three overs including her opening wicket maiden after the home side won the toss and elected to field.
India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur (48) and Smriti Mandhana (37) recovered the innings well, but wickets tumbled at regular intervals, the bowlers not allowing the batting side to settle in for too long.
South Africa’s reply saw the early loss of Lizelle Lee for the third match straight, this time for five runs off Pooja Vastrakar (2/21). Captain, Dané van Niekerk chipped in with 26 runs off 20 balls (5x4s) before Suné Luus (41 off 34) and Mignon du Preez (20) began the rebuild.
Poonam Yadav struck at the end of the 14th over with the Proteas needing 50 from the last 36 balls. Enter the dangerous Chloe Tryon who smashed 34 runs from just 15 deliveries, getting her side to the brink of victory. They needed just three runs when she lost her wicket and overcame the visitors comfortably in the end.
The series moves to SuperSport Park this Wednesday, 21 February where it continues to hang in the balance. Every match is a must-win for South Africa until the fifth and final clash at PPC Newlands on Saturday, 24 February. The remaining matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 2.
Audio featuring Dané van Niekerk and Shabnim Ismail can be located on the ftp site below
Momentum Proteas T20 squad:
Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Suné Luus (Northerns), Odine Kirsten (Northerns), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Moseline Daniels (Boland).
Proteas Women’s Tour Schedule
February 21: Day @ 13h00 4th T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion
February 24: Day @ 13h00 5th T20 International, PPC Newlands, Cape Town