A maiden career half-century by Marizanne Kapp in her new role up the order helped the Proteas Women edge out Pakistan by eight wickets with a ball to spare in the second T20 International at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.
The all-rounder struck an unbeaten 56 off 51 balls with six fours to help the hosts chase down the 129-run victory target and level the five-match series at 1-1 ahead of match three at the same venue on Sunday.
There was equally good support for Kapp from Lizelle Lee, who hit a 52-ball 56 that included five fours and one six.
It was an excellent response from Hilton Moreeng’s charges after they were easily rolled over in the first game.
Fast bowler Kapp was at the heart of the action, also claiming one for 28 (1/28) in her four overs after the tourists won the toss and opted to bat first.
Javeria Rauf (16) and Umaima Sohail, (23) offered them a steady start, before Sune Luus (2/29) landed a double blow to leave them on 61/3 in the 12th over.
The ever-reliant captain, Bismah Maroof, then once again produced the goods for her side as she struck 63 not out off 47 balls (9 fours) to propel her side to a competitive 128/5.
Apart from Kapp and Luus with the ball, Tumi Sekhukhune (1/12) and Shabnim Ismail (0/17) were extremely tidy in the seven overs shared between them.
The South Africans lost Tazmin Brits for 17 in the fifth over of the chase, but then came a wonderful 96-run second-wicket partnership between Kapp and Lee, who completed her eighth T20 international 50.
The third match of the series takes place at the Pietermaritzburg Oval on 19 May 2019 (tomorrow) from 13h00 local time. The whole T20 series between South Africa and Pakistan will be live streamed on the Cricket South Africa YouTube channel (here ). Regular updates will be available through Cricket South Africa’s platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).
Proteas Women T20 team
Suné Luus (captain, Northerns), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Tazmin Brits (North West), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Masabata Klaas (North West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Nadine De Klerk (Northens), Moseline Daniels (Border), Nondumiso Shangase (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper, North West) Zintle Mali (Border).
Sun 19 Day 3rd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Wed 22 Day 4th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni
Thu 23 Day 5th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni