On Saturday, the South African women’s cricket team faced Pakistan’s women in the second of three One Day International (ODI) matches. The match took place at Kingsmead in Durban, meaning the Proteas had home ground advantage, despite the empty stands. The coin toss went the way of the away team, who elected to send the South Africans in to bat first; a decision that played right into the hands of, SA captain, Suné Luus and her team.
Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt opened the batting and wasted no time getting started. The opening pair shared a partnership of 52 off 62 balls before Wolvaardt was dismissed for 27. Luus joined Lee at the crease, with Lee departing for just shy of 50 runs, followed by Luus who managed 32 as part of another 52 run partnership with Lara Goodall. A few smaller partnerships ensued, with Marizanne Kapp coming in to rescue her team with a commendable 68 not out, off 45 balls, to lift the Protea total to 252 in the allotted fifty overs.
During the Pakistan innings, Kapp continued with the ball, where she left off with the bat; removing both the Pakistani opening batsmen, Nahida Kahn and Muneeba Ali, in her first two overs. The Pakistan innings never really got off the ground, thanks in great part to the tremendous bowling attack of Ayabonga Khaka, who took 4 wickets and only shipped 40 runs in her 10 overs. The restrictive bowling of left-arm spinner, Nonkululeko Mlaba, was another reason Pakistan could not reach their target.
Pakistan managed to survive the South African bowling attack and saw out their fifty overs, but they could not reach their target of 253, mustering only 239 despite a great innings by Aliya Riaz, who scored 81 runs before being removed by Khaka. South Africa won by 13 runs and now hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The final match takes place on Tuesday, the 26th of January, with the Proteas hoping to complete a series whitewash over the Pakistanis.