Lee, Ismail lead SA woman to series win
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Tue Sep 14 2021
Lee, Ismail lead SA woman to a series win, Batter Lizelle continued their fine form with an unbeaten 78 as South Africa chased down the West Indies‘ contracted target of 158 runs in the third ODI with 80 balls to spare. The win means South Africa have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
SA woman mainly made light work of chasing through a 122-run opening stand between Lizelle and Laura Wolvaardt, who scored 53 off 68 balls, her second consecutive half-century in the series. Kiana Joseph took two wickets with figures of 7.4-2-24-2.
Earlier, the South African bowlers kept their fear on the West Indies batsmen. SA woman created fear from the beginning as they bundled out West Indies for 9 for 2 in the sixth over.
Deandra Dottin scored 71 runs in 123 balls. He shared a 77-run partnership for the third wicket with wicket-keeper Rashda Williams (37 runs in 79 balls). But Dottin and Williams were the only West Indies batsmen to score in two points.
Shabnam took 3 for 31 in his 10 overs, while Ayabonga Khaka and Sune Luus took two wickets each to control West Indies for 157 runs.
“I think the batsmen need to step up and score some runs for us, 157 runs in a 50-over game, you’re only going at three runs per over which is an ease for a team like South Africa.”
Stand-in captain Anissa Mohamed said “I thought Williams and Dottin played really well today but again, they need that approval, for some other guys to step up and be with them.”
Wolvaardt and Luus were dismissed early but by then, the hosts had little to defend. Van Niekerk was in no mood to chase. A four and a six for 18 to help the visitors cross the line in the 37th over. Lee remained unbeaten on 78 off 120 balls, which included nine fours.
Brief scores:- West Indies Women’s score 157 in 48.4 overs (Deandra Dottin 71, Rashda Williams 37; Shabnam Ismail 3-31, Ayabonga Khaka 2-22) lost to South Africa Women’s score 158/2 in 36.4 overs (Lizell Lee 78*, L. Wolvaardt 53; Kiana Joseph 2-24) by 8 wickets.